Today on Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun of the TSN and The Athletic made some comments related to the Leafs’ biggest ticket pending UFA, James Van Riemsdyk.
Here is what he said:
There haven’t been any serious discussions, I’m told, on [JVR’s contract], but certainly some dialogue, and what I’m hearing is that I think that JVR would be willing to do an 8 year contract if it meant that it’s more cap friendly to the Toronto Maple Leafs… Think about TJ Oshie’s deal in Washington… JVR does not want to leave Toronto, does not want to leave the good ship.
Oshie’s contract is for $5.75M for the 8 seasons total, beginning this year in 2017-18.
Fitting this contract into the Leafs’ cap situation will be tricky but it could be possible. Without having dug into the math, it’s very difficult to say.
With the cap set at $75M for this year, and unlikely to rise significantly next year, the Leafs are looking at an intriguing situation. Van Riemsdyk, Bozak and Komarov are all key performers for this team, but are all heading to UFA. This gives them some room to work with, but there won’t be a whole lot.
What do you think? If Toronto were to sign JVR to Oshie’s contract, would that be a good idea?