Fixed assets have become one of the most important pieces of information to watch this summer.
They allow teams to protect their players through the years, allowing them to maximize cap room and improve their ability to sign free agents.
It’s also a good indicator of a team like Toronto who, at this point, has been relatively uncharacteristically conservative in their cap space for a number of years now.
They have a $6-million net-goal-scorer in James van Riemsdyk, a $5-million goalie in Frederik Andersen, and a $4-million defenseman in Dan Boyle.
In addition, they have a pair of young goaltenders in Jyrki Jokipakka and Sergei Bobrovsky.
This season, they’re already on pace to exceed their cap-friendly salary-cap projection.
And they’ve also added two players that could help them further improve their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
For instance, they’ve signed centre David Desharnais to a six-year, $33.5-billion deal, and winger Mark Arcobello to a five-year contract.
Those deals will pay them $7.5 million per season through 2026-27, a massive amount of money.
But what does that $50 million look like if you include the cap-hit of the two players?
That’s where the cap hit for this summer comes in.
So far, they are in the same ballpark.
But the Leafs have added a pair to their cap as well.
They’re $5.25 million over the projected cap and, for this season, have a cap hit of $8.75 million.
The difference is, the Leafs now have two players in the final year of their contracts that can potentially help them in the long run.
In the next two years, they’ll each have a salary of $4.75-million and each would be able to sign a one-year deal worth $2.25-million per season.
That would put their total cap hit at $7 million, $7 per year.
So this is a pretty significant move for Toronto, and it means that their cap situation is looking more promising heading into the season.
It also means that the Leafs are going to have to get creative to make it work, though, because they’re going to need to be aggressive with the cap next year to be able protect their assets for the next few years.
For the Leafs, that means they’ll need to add players that help them win games and help them make the playoffs.
As the league’s most cap-constrained team, Toronto’s cap will be one of their biggest challenges going forward.
There’s a reason why the Leafs spent more than $70-million on free agents this summer, though.
Their cap situation in 2019-20 is a bit worrisome, too.
While the Leafs may not be able a top-six forward and defenceman for next season, their salary cap has jumped to $86-million.
This is partly due to the fact that they’re projected to lose some salary-capped players next season.
So while they’re expected to retain their top-four defenceman, there’s a good chance they could see their top defenceman and their top forwards go.
So what will the Leafs need to do to improve their cap position going forward?
The first step would be to address the issues with their young players.
It was reported by Yahoo Sports’ Marc Stein on Thursday that the team will not be signing any free agents in 2019.
They did, however, add two more players in free agency.
In particular, they will have to figure out how to add forwards who are not just good players, but also have the skills necessary to contribute on the power play and the penalty kill.
They’ve been getting away with this, however.
They signed Ryan O’Reilly to a seven-year extension this summer that will pay him $11 million per year through 2027-28.
He’s also one of just a handful of forwards who can contribute offensively.
His contract, however he is set to hit the free-agent market after the season, he’s expected to command $6 million per-year for the rest of his career.
That means that O’Donnell is set up to earn just $4 million in his final season with the Leafs.
If he’s not signed for $6.75M per year, he could be an interesting option for the team.
That’s not to say that they shouldn’t add him.
The problem is that they won’t be able spend that much money on him.
They’ll need a cheaper option, like someone like Jaroslav Halak, or a free agent who can help them compete with the teams in the West.
That is the first step on Toronto’s road to becoming a contender.
There are some other teams that could be looking to add top-line defencemen as well, including the Rangers,