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05-12-2008, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by SOLR View Post
1) Not at all. We can have Hossa AND Vinny. But Vinny would mean the end of the road for Koivu and Kovalev. We still have a ton of salary to get off the books. Dandenault, Bouillon(overpaid), Last year buyouts etc Kostopoulos, Begin, we wont need those highly paid grinders if we have those 2 top talents and our current crop of RFAs+new rookies. Yes it might get tight, but thats the reality for all teams, it might lead to a trade involving Higgins for a draft pick(top 10 pick anyone?) if Maxpac develops well. Overall the rule is simple, sign all those top quality UFA and THEN do whats necessary to get under the cap. If Pittsburgh is able to manage 2 9m salaries I really dont see why we couldnt.

2) You cannot and should not manage in prevision of something that we might not even have a chance at. Imo, the correct attitude is a relentless desire to try at every opportunity.
I do agree with you but having an 8.5 mil Hossa and a 10 mil Lecavalier could cost us alot more longterm, especially when the Kost brothers and Price will be to full potential.

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