Looking Ahead to the 2009-2010 Cap Situation
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07-13-2008, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by
Marc the Habs Fan
Koivu could easly get 5 M on the market after what happened on July 1. There will always be some teams willing to overpay for a quality center.
If he wants to take less than 5 M, then that's a good thing for us.
It's true that summer 2010 is kind of worrisome with Price, S.Kostitsyn and Halak being RFA's and no significant expiring contracts to create significant cap room to re-sign them. Albeit, the cap could be 65 M by then for all we know. Maybe we can convince Price and Kostitsyn to take 1 year deals at a decent price (like the Rangers did with Lundqvist this past summer with the understanding a wealthy extension was coming in January) and give them their big multi year deals the following summer when we get cap relief from the end of the Hamrlik and Markov deals. Halak could also be dealt by then.
I think we will be in a sad situation if by summer 2010, one or more of our crop of defense prospects haven't made either Hamrlik or Markov expendable. I seriously doubt we will see the current six in Montreal while Subban, Weber,Carle and Valentenko are all playing in the AHL.
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