The Toronto Maple Leafs are feeling the heat of the salary cap with a little more than $6 million of free space to sign restricted free agents Nazem Kadri Mark Fraser (who filed arbitration) and Cody Franson.

It doesn't look like there's going to be enough money to spare to re-sign all three of them so that means somebody has to be the odd man out. Darren Dreger notes it looks like it will be Franson.

And here the Leafs go again.

Franson is still a young defenseman. He's about to turn 26 but has just four seasons of NHL time under his belt and right now is coming off his most productive offensive campaign of his career despite the short season. He had four goals and 25 assists for the Leafs in helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in a long time. For comparison's sake David Clarkson he of the huge offseason deal had 24 points last season in three more games.