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Maple Leafs: Possible LTIR Contracts For Cap Relief

The Maple Leafs are no stranger to using the contracts of players on long term injury reserve (LTIR) for salary cap relief. Here are three possible targets they could trade for.

Brandon Dubinsky

Dubinsky has not appeared in an NHL game since May 6th, 2019. Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told reporters that Dubinsky’s wrist injury is “a chronic condition”. He also stated that he does not think Dubinsky is close to returning.

Dubinsky has one more year left on his current contract. The salary cap hit is $5.850 million. With the salary cap not going up next season, the Maple Leafs will be facing a tight cap crunch. For the 2020-21 season, the Maple Leafs currently have just over $4.591 million in available cap space. The Maple Leafs could sure use the cap relief that Dubinsky’s contract would offer on LTIR.

With Dubinsky on LTIR, the Maple Leafs would have $10.44 million in available cap space. A much better number to work with as the team looks to improve after another early exit from the playoffs.

Brandon Dubinsky
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Marian Hossa

Hossa has not played a game in the NHL since the 2016-17 season. He had to leave the game he loves due to a progressive skin disorder. Hossa was getting treatment for the skin disorder for years, but severe side effects from medication have made it impossible to continue his career. It is believed that an allergic reaction to his hockey equipment is what caused the skin disorder.

Hossa has one more year left on his contract with a salary-cap hit of $5.275 million. With his contract placed on LTIR, the Maple Leafs would have $9.865 million in cap space. Although not as much cap relief as the Dubinsky contract, it is still better for the Maple Leafs to be closer to $10 million than $5 million.

Marian Hossa
Photo from sportsnet.ca

Marian Gaborik

Gaborik has not played since the 2017-18 season. He had surgery back in April of 2018 to repair a herniated disk in his back. His contract has one more year left at $4.875 million. Once placed on LTIR, his contract would allow the Maple Leafs to have $9.466 million in cap space.

Gaborik’s contract is insured and would only cost the Maple Leafs $600,000 in real dollars while they receive $4.875 million in cap space. If the Maple Leafs do contact the Ottawa Senators regarding Gaborik, the Senators might try to squeeze a little extra out of their rival on whatever the return for Gaborik might be.

Marian Gaborik
Photo from tvasports.ca

Final Thoughts on LTIR Contracts

It is no secret that the Maple Leafs will need to get creative with their cap space. Having the salary cap stay flat at $81.5 million for the next two seasons or longer does not help. Adding any of these contracts to LTIR would help the Maple Leafs at least for one more season with their cap situation. It also gives the team a little more time to think about what to do in two years.

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Jeremy Ridgewell
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