If the cap goes up next year by the same amount it did this year, Leaves could have $13M to spend
... if they let Muzzin and Ceci walk.
$8M to Barrie + $3M to RFA Dermott + $1M to replacement level Muzzin replacement + $1M to Ceci replacement player = $13M.
So yes, it could be done, but the Leaves would be left with just 2 top 4 dee (Rielly and Barrie)
... along with bottom pairing Dermott and a bunch of near-minimum salary plugs + rookies.
Not a good idea, but Barrie will save you from that disaster by walking away next summer.
I'm glad you know that.
Add him to the list of players overpaid by $2M on long term contracts.
Tavares, Nylander, Matthews, Marner, and Kerfoot.
We don't know yet about Kapanen and Johnsson, but maybe them too
... they each only had one year of half-decent numbers.