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06-11-2004, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by guitaraholic
It makes perfect sense for the Blues who are losing major payroll obligations in Mac and potentially Demitra. That's a potential loss of 14 million to the payroll. Brett at 2.5million is tiny in comparison.
The Blues wouldn't even need to drop Demitra in order to do this. Finley, Khavanov and Baron are not going to be back next year and combined they make nearly 4 mil(3.8 to be exact(according to nhlpa.com)) . MacInnis and Mellanby combine for 8 mil. Martins, Pellerin, Rheaume and Mayers combine for another 2 million. Even assuming that Drake, Sillinger, Osgood, Weinrich, Pronger and Demitra DON'T take paycuts we are losing 14 mil off this years salary, PLUS we would still have the option to ship Savage back to Phoenix dropping that number to just over 15 million. Ironically, Weight's decrease in salary next year covers all of the raises due our RFA's. If, as it has been said, the plan is to drop the payroll by 10 million we would have about 5 mil to spend on FA's. If Hull signs at 3 mil we'd still have 2 mil with which to sign another winger(I'm thinking along the lines of Ruchinsky, Johansson or McAmmond).

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