Maple Leafs’ 3 Best Contracts for 2020-21

For all that’s been said about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ cap problems, you have to admire the work general manager Kyle Dubas has done to work around those issues in his two years on the job.

Last summer he relieved the team of two anchors in Nikita Zaitsev and Patrick Marleau to keep Mitch Marner in the fold. This offseason he shed some middle class money in Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen in order to address two areas of weakness: the blue line and team toughness. The Maple Leafs now look more well-rounded and arguably stronger than ever, poised to dominate the rumored Canadian Division — whenever the puck finally drops on the 2020-21 season. For a team that’s so tight on cap space, how has Dubas pulled all of this off?

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has done a masterful job of handling the team’s salary cap over his two years in charge. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Well, the one thing that probably doesn’t get enough attention in Toronto is how many positive value contracts they have on the books — and on the other hand, how few of their contracts are actually bad. Last week we looked at the Leafs’ three worst deals, and frankly, by No. 2 or 3 we were kind of grasping at straws. This time we’ll highlight those positive contracts, and it’ll make sense why the Maple Leafs are in…

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