People talk about the Leafs cap situation, but you want to see cap hell look at the Canucks. They spent so much money on shitty players that they can't afford to lock up their best players long term.
They manage their cap like they're the Brian Burke-era Leafs.
(AAV & years remaining)
Brandon Sutter - $4.375M X 2
Sven Baertschi - $3.366M X 2
Antoine Roussel - $3M X 3
Jay Beagle - $3M X 3
Tim Schaller - $1.9M X 1
So, they're spending more on a collection of five fourth-line calibre players this year than the Leafs will be spending on Mitch Marner plus one of Kapanen/Kerfoot/Johnsson. Now that's real "cap hell", not what the Leafs are dealing with.
And Vancouver's expensive 3rd/4th liners are worse than our cheap ones to boot.