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05-05-2008, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
When you have Drury and Briere at a similar salary... his contract is almost becoming reasonable.

Quick analysis (Essay due for tomorrow):

Tampa actual cap hit for next season:35.908
Richards salary-the salaries of Smith, Jokinen and Picards:4.55M

RFA: Picard,Karl, Craig

UFA: Gratton, Lessard, Darche, Roy, McDonald

Gone: Prospal (traded/UFA), Taylor(Retired)

In: Stamkos (Most likely) +/-:850k

So, 15,5M for 8 players (most of them were marginal)... yes they could have.

I think you're missing my point. It is not about if it is mathimatically possible to afford the players under a cap, it's more about if you are able to remain competitive with multiple expensive players that take up the majority of your cap leaving not much else for a supporting cast. That was the reason Tampa got rid of Richards, it simply wasn't working out to have the majority of their money spent on 3 forwards. We also derailed from the topic of our debate, but i'll use Gomez and Drury as an example. Why is it that you need to compare players now in order to make Richards' contract become reasonable. If you stick to what you've been saying all this time, the size of Richards' contract was a non issue in him getting the type of return he got. Now your arguement is well if Drury got $7.35 million per year, then Richards' contract @ $7.8 looks a lot better. Before you're arguement was more like Richards' @ 5 million or a Richards at $7.8 million makes no difference which I disagreed with.

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