Navigating through Toronto's salary cap wilderness

Jeff Veillette
July 26 2016 11:36AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the richest team in hockey, and if the league still had no salary cap, I don't think a single fan or local media member would care how much they were spending on their players. But as long as a cap exists, available dollars are assets, and building a team is just as much about beating the market as it is about identifying talent.

Certainly, the Leafs are closer to realizing the efficiency dream than they've ever been, but there are still a couple of shorter-term trees to pass through before they get entirely out of the woods.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: July 25th

Jeff Veillette
July 25 2016 09:50PM

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Today was a crazy day. Peter Holland was heading to arbitration, but then he wasn't. Frank Corrado followed suit with his own change of plans, also settling before arbitration with his own one-year deal. Also, I got Toronto FC up to the Champions League on my FIFA 16 Career mode, took my dog for a walk, and wrote a thing on Canucks Army. Crazy day.

But now, as we approach midnight, it's time to go through the mailbag and answer some of your questions. Let's go!

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Frank Corrado and Leafs settle before arbitration hearing on 1-year deal

Jeff Veillette
July 25 2016 01:27PM

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Nobody wants to get into a screaming match with Lou Lamoriello, do they? The Toronto Maple Leafs and Frank Corrado agreed to terms on a one-year contract this afternoon, avoiding the arbitration process by a day.

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Leafs, Holland settle before arbitration hearing, agree on 1-year deal

Jeff Veillette
July 25 2016 09:11AM

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Yeah, so about that mock pre-game... the Toronto Maple Leafs and Peter Holland have settled on a one-year deal, just before the two sides were scheduled to head to player-elected arbitration.

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LGD: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Peter Holland

Jeff Veillette
July 25 2016 08:19AM

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Arbitration hearings are bloodbaths. In fact, the entire concepts is a little insane. Teams down in a room with players and agents and an arbitrator sits and watches while management explains that the player is about as useful to them as a frying pan made of ice, while the other side argues that he's the second coming of Gretzky.

All so a person can decide how much they deserve to be paid, and suddenly, they're best friends again. Anyway, given the competitive nature of these cases, let's set the scene for Toronto's first hearing of the week, Peter Holland.

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