The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded a 2nd and a 3rd round pick in 2011 for the rights to their own 2010 2nd round pick, which was owned by the Chicago Blackhawks. Why is this important? According to league rules, if a team is to sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet, they must have their own first, second, and third round draft picks available in the upcoming draft. If a team did not possess their own draft picks, an offer sheet could not be signed. Kessel is the top restricted free agent who has yet to sign a contract. Toronto tried to acquire Kessel during the offseason, but confusion over which team was going to receive a draft pick eliminated a Kessel for Kaberle trade at the Entry Draft. According to nhlnumbers.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have 20 skaters and 2 goaltenders under contract and still have $6.012 million in cap space available.
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