The Best Case Scenario Off-Season for the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a very busy summer ahead of them. Here is the best case scenario version of what could happen.
Apr 27, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitch Marner (16) celebrates scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period in game four of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY
Apr 27, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitch Marner (16) celebrates scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period in game four of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Toronto Maple Leafs 2024-24 Opening Night Roster

To recap my time as the Leafs GM so far:

Unlike most new GM's, I don't buy myself any time by saying that I'll just observe what's happening for a while. I know what's happening and there is a reason I'm here, so I get right to work.

We traded Topi Niemela, a 2027 unprotected first-rounder, and Fraser Minten for Jusse Saros.

We traded Mitch Marner for Leo Carlsson and Pavel Mintyukov.

We signed Nikita Zadorov, Dylan Demelo, Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi. Not to mention our own free-agents Timothy Liljegren and Nick Robertson.

We Traded Easton Cowan and the 23rd pick to move into the top ten and pick Anton Silayev.

And we cleared out cap-space by moving Jarnkrok, Reaves, Kampf and Timmins.

Overall, we cleared $17.85 in cap space, to go along with the $18.83 that we already have. That's $36.68 million in cap space before the additions.

We brought in or signed the following players: Saros, Carlsson, Mintyukov, Robertson, Liljegren, Dewar, Bertuzzi, Domi, Demelo and Zadorov.

Their total cost is $35.7 million, leaving us with just under one million in cap space.

The opening night roster looks like this:

I don't think the way I got there was too unrealistic, but I'm sure I'll find out in the comments! The Leafs could win the Cup with this team, though I don't know if they are good enough with the additions to overcome the loss of Marner. That would depend on how fast Carlsson achieves superstardom.

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Still, I think this work of art is a good start to my hall of fame general managing career!