What the Maple Leafs do in the next few days is directly linked to Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel.
Don’t believe me? Okay, tag along.
Some elementary mathematics (I never went higher) should illuminate exactly where the Leafs stand entering unrestricted free agency and what kind of room they have moving forward to take on another substantial contract.
In buying him out the Leafs saved themselves four more years of a $5.5 cap hit on Mikhail Grabovski, whose play fell through the floor after the 29-goal season that earned him his rich deal.