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Asked May 23, 2019 by Armen
Toronto Maple Leafs logo Kessel Retained Salary

If the Penguins trade Phil Kessel, does Toronto still keep the retained salary they got from the trade?

May 23, 2019

Yes, once a team has retained salary, they keep that cap hit charge regardless of whether that player is subsequently traded.  If that player is subsequently bought-out, the retaining team will have a portion of the buy-out cap hit based on the retained %.