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08-17-2008, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
Precisely. Add in Redden's contract, and you have created a situation where you can't acquire the necessary GREAT players because you have no room on the cap. The Rangers only have one great player, Henrik Lundqvist. Unfortunately, you usually don't win with just one great player and a few good ones.
This is precisely the fallacy I just referred to. What "great" player would you expect to acquire? What "great" player would their current team give up? What "great" player will ever reach free agency?

The answer to all of the above is, more likely than not, none.

Great players don't reach free agency anymore, because if the current team knows it can't keep that player, like (probably) Kovalchuk, for instance, that player will most definitely be traded in his contract year, and will more likely than not sign with the team he's traded to.

So IF by some miracle one of these players is to become available, which I don't see happening anytime in the forseeable future, at that point you deal with the cap ramifications. You buy someone out and take the extra cap hit, or you trade someone, or you waive someone. What you don't do is "save" cap space hoping that some elite player will become available down the road, because then you're likely to be left with your thumb in your arse.

As long as the team has the means to move salary if necessary (which the Rangers do, in every player but Drury), there's no problem spending up to the cap every year.

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