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September 9, 2013 | 10:03am ET
Leafs battling salary cap restraints

With roughly $5 million in available salary cap space, the Maple Leafs will need to be very creative in how they manage their roster this season, especially after signing forward Mason Raymond to a professional tryout contract.

Raymond, who has spent his entire career with the Vancouver Canucks, remains an unrestricted free agent.

He is likely to sign a contract in the $1 million range, but with restricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson still in need of contracts, the Leafs are going to have to make at least one trade in order to fit everyone under the salary cap.

"He gives us another option, he's scored 25 goals in this league and he's only 27," Leafs GM Dave Nonis told the Toronto Sun. "He's got great foot speed and he's a quality person."

There has been no progress in contract negotiations between the Leafs and either Kadri or Franson.

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