Is it worthwhile for the Leafs to buy out David Clarkson? Will Dave Bolland re-sign? Can the Senators retain Ales Hemsky and Clarke MacArthur?
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle addresses recent speculation suggesting the Toronto Maple Leafs could buy out David Clarkson this summer, pointing out how the heavily bonus-laden deal makes it almost buyout-proof. While the Leafs could still go that route, Mirtle notes the cost of doing so would outweigh the marginal cap space they would gain from doing so.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the gory details over at CapGeek.com, but here’s what the updated cap hit would be:
- 2014-15: $4,694,444
- 2015-16: $4,694,444
- 2016-17: $3,694,444
- 2017-18: $3,694,444
- 2018-19: $4,694,444
- 2019-20: $4,694,444
- 2020-21: $444,444
- 2021-22: $444,444
- 2022-23: $444,444
- 2023-24: $444,444
- 2024-25: $444,444
- 2025-26: $444,444
Not really much of a savings for the Leafs from his annual $5.25 million cap hit up to 2019-20. Unless the Leafs can trade him (which is unlikely, even if they pick up half his remaining salary), they’re stuck with Clarkson for better or worse until 2020.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports the future plans of Leafs center Dave Bolland remain uncertain. There’s been no contract talks between the Leafs and Bolland’s agent since February, when he reportedly sought a 7-8 year deal worth upwards of $40 million. There’s been speculation he could sign with the Florida Panthers or Montreal Canadiens, where he’d be reunited with former Blackhawks executives Dale Tallon or Marc Bergevin. The Vancouver Canucks could also have interest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t fault Bolland for seeking $5 million per season. After all, the Leafs were willing last year to pony up big, stupid money to David Clarkson. Whether they do the same for Bolland remains to be seen, though after being burned by the Clarkson deal, Leafs management could be reluctant to risk repeating that mistake.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators forward Clarke MacArthur said he’s open to negotiating a contract extension this summer. He has one year remaining on his current deal worth $3.25 million. Earlier this week Brennan reported Ales Hemsky could base his future plans on continuing to play on Jason Spezza’s line. Hemsky is eligible for UFA status this summer, Spezza for next.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky’s future in Ottawa certainly appears tied to Spezza’s. If the latter signals his intent to test next summer’s UFA market during his exit interview with management later this month, the Senators could try to move him following the playoffs. If that happens, Hemsky could sign elsewhere on July 1. As for MacArthur, he’s on pace for his second-best season in his career and was among the few bright spots in this dismal season for the Senators. I expect they’ll try to re-sign him this summer.