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Will the Leafs buy out David Clarkson in June?

Will the Leafs buy out David Clarkson in June?

SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN’s Greg Brady recently reported the following via Twitter on Maple Leafs winger David Clarkson: “Doug MacLean just told us there will be serious discussions from the Leafs as to buying out David Clarkson this summer for cap relief.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs currently have over $49 million invested in just 12 players for 2014-15, with several key players to re-sign or replace. Buying out Clarkson will indeed provide the Leafs with some cap relief, but they don’t have any compliance buyouts left. That means it’s a regular buyout which will count at varying amounts to 2025-26 against the Leafs payroll. As per

  • 2014-15: $2,291,667
  • 2015-16: $1,541,667
  • 2016-17: $41,667
  • 2017-18: $41,667
  • 2018-19: $2,291,667
  • 2019-20: $3,791,667
  • 2020-21: $1,791,667
  • 2021-22: $1,791,667
  • 2022-23: $1,791,667
  • 2023-24: $1,791,667
  • 2024-25: $1,791,667
  • 2025-26: $1,791,667

It’ll be interesting to see if the Leafs actually go this route. Deep-pocketed MLSE can afford this, especially if the salary cap keeps rising each year. Still, it’s an expensive, lengthy correction of GM Dave Nonis’ biggest contract mistake. As rich as the Leafs are, they cannot afford many more costly free agent blunders like this. Speaking of pricey free agent gaffes…

THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the struggles of Sabres forward Ville Leino makes him a candidate for a compliance buyout this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the final year where teams can employ the compliance buyout option. Figure Leino to be as good as gone. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC’s Sarah McLellan reports via Twitter contract talks between the Phoenix Coyotes and backup Thomas Greiss are expected to resume in the off-season.