This seems mathematically impossible.
With reports from the Associated Press revealing that the NHL salary cap for next season will be between $81.5 and $82 million, which is at least $1 million lower than initially projected, and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas still hoping to re-signs tar forward Mitch Marner, it now seems like madness.
However, with trade chatter intensifying in the past few hours about Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, it is now believed that the Maple Leafs are looking into the possibility of acquiring his services, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
“Sources tell Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that the Toronto Maple Leafs have at least investigated the possibility of whether there’s a trade to be made that would make sense for them given their cap situation. Obviously, anything the Leafs choose to pursue is dependent upon a resolution to Mitch Marner ‘s contract negotiations.”
The Vancouver Canucks are also reportedly in the mix, having another shot at the star blue liner. The Canucks had actively tried to land Subban at the 2016 draft when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
However, a trade rumour has grown louder today the Canucks would prefer to land Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie before anyone else.
Some pundits were quick to make the Leafs suggestions on how to land Subban and shed some salary to keep Marner on board. Boston Bruins insider Jimmy Murphy believes a trade could be agreed upon if the Leafs were to send forwards Nazem Kadri and William Nylander to Nashville in return for Subban and Craig Smith.
Everyone will be keeping an eye on this tonight and over the weekend!