Thomas Malthus wrote:Which contender is going to have room? Which teams have as much potential as the Leafs over the course of JT's next deal? Legitimately asking.
Maybe Calgary? They have goaltending, defense and good young offensive players.
Calgary will have lots of cap space, as will Winnipeg. Though, Winnipeg has Enstrom hitting UFA, Trouba and Morrissey hitting RFA. Wheeler also has only one more year left on his deal. Still around 20M in cap space though and most of the core guys like Ehlers and Scheifele are locked up otherwise. Winterpeg is a shithole though so that alone may deter him.
If he wants to stay close to where he is, NJ is an option. Young team with potential, ~20M in cap space and Shero has done some nice work.
If Carolina added him, and brought in a real goaltender they are also a major threat, however the ownership situation is not great.
San Jose is another possibility, he would be the alpha there since Thornton is on his last legs and Tavares is better than either of Pavelski or Couture.
STL could also make it work, but almost the entire defense with the exception of Parayko is going to be UFA by 2020.They would also have to let Stastny walk, which I'm sure they're okay with if they're getting Tavares anyways.
I'm sure teams like Vancouver, Detroit, Buffalo and Montreal will also try and make pitches but obviously all those are terrible teams.
There's also Vegas