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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The Maple Leafs are paying $48 million this season — more than any team in hockey — for the top five players on their roster and to date they have little to show for it. In other words, they’re paying 58% of their salary cap room for 23% of their lineup. Is that new math or old analytics?

- The two-time champion and two-time finalist Tampa Bay Lightning are closest to the Leafs paying $44 million for a Top 5 that includes Conn Smythe Trophy winners in Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman. And there are few teams better run than Doug Armstrong’s St. Louis Blues, who have won a Stanley Cup, and only pay $34.5 million for their top five players.

- In the Brendan Shanahan era, Tampa Bay has played 155 playoff games. The Leafs have played 39. If you add it up, that’s about an additional $100 million or so in playoff revenue for the club that the Lightning has taken and the Leafs have not.

- The Florida Panthers confuse me. Yes, they traded for Matthew Tkachuk. Hard not to like that. But they’ve lost Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Mason Marchment, Claude Giroux, Ben Chiarot and quite likely smiling Joe Thornton from their playoff roster. Don’t know how that makes them better

a few more notes plus Simmons picks his all-time centers...

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MurrayChadwick's avatar

quite likely smiling Joe Thornton from their playoff roster. Don’t know how that makes them better

If quite likely turns into definitely, that makes them better…

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 07/31/22 at 02:54 PM ET

d ca's avatar

...but if you break down paying the forwards vs defense vs goalie section of the roster you find Toronto is paying out 84% of that top 5 $48M money to forwards.

vs Tampa’s 61% of that top 5 $44.875M money to forwards.

In other words Toronto’s 40.32M vs Tampa’s 27.37M for forwards. It’s roster construction 101 and the reason why Du(m)bas(s) should have been fired long ago.

Florida is better because they are in a position to have more roster depth for longer:

Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar will both be 29 year olds seeking long term deals when the playoffs end next year. Anton Lundell and Spencer Knight will both need significant raises shortly after this happens. There simply wasn’t enough room for all 4. And that is before the issue of being a “soft” playoff team or bridge deals to 1st rounders like Grigori Denisenko are factored in.

Posted by d ca on 07/31/22 at 04:37 PM ET

ChillDistiller's avatar

It fun to laugh at the leafs.

Thats all.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 08/01/22 at 12:04 AM ET

SYF's avatar

It fun to laugh at the leafs.

Thats all.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 08/01/22 at 12:04 AM ET

“Ample Laffs,” says George Malik.  And that’s stuck with me ever since.

 

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/03/22 at 04:05 PM ET

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