cap hit cannot be 10.2 this year UNLESS he signs on December 1st. Anything before that, and the cap hit wouldn't be 6.9 for the remaining years and 10 mil up front. It would be something like 7.5 mil every year instead...
problem is, MLS cannot make it SUPER obvious they're circumventing the cap...even if its legal and above the board...all the teams would start doing this now...also..fans would be super pissed that Nylander missed 26 games because of accounting and personal greed on the player's part.
either way, i dont have a good feeling about how this whole thing went down. Not in terms of bad vibes, but he's clearly not interested in winning a cup in Toronto as much as making top dollar. I hope they win a cup this year, and he gets traded in 1-2 years.
Rather have Tavares who left millions on the table, just to be here. Ditto for Gardner if you guys caught the CBC 2nd period break, seems he might be ok with a salary lower than the 6-7 mil he'd get in free agency, just to stay with his family in Toronto.
Nylander made a couple millions more than Pastrnak, but he's nowhere close to that guy in skill level and fans will expect him to be just as good or better.
The saving grace is Toronto's paying nearly half of that contract, up front. So, trading him will still result in a 6.9 mil cap, but money owed is a lot less than that, so poorer teams will have no problems paying him.