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11-21-2008, 05:46 PM
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TomLaidlaw
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Lets break this down a little bit. For the sake of the argument lets operate under the premise that the cap will decrease slightly as the article indicates and we'll use 54 mill as the cap number for next season.


Under Contract for Next Year:

Forwards: (Cap Hits)

Scott Gomez - 7,357,143
Chris Drury - 7,050,000
Markus Naslund - 4,000,000
Aaron Voros - 1,000,000
Patrick Rissmiller - 1,000,000

Defense: (Cap Hits)

Wade Redden - 6,500,000
Michael Rozsival - 5,000,000
Dan Girardi - 1,550,000
Marc Staal - 826,667

Goalie: (Cap Hits)

Henrik Lundqvist - 6,875,000


Total Cap Hit: 41,158,810

54,000,000 - 41,158,810 =
12,841,190 (Left for RFA's and UFA's)


RFA's:

Nikolai Zherdev - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 3,250,000)
Brandon Dubinsky - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 635,000)
Petr Prucha - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 1,600,000)
Lauri Korpikoski - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 984,200)
Dan Fritsche - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 875,000)
Fredrik Sjostrom - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 840,000)
Nigel Dawes - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 587,500)
Ryan Callahan - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 575,000)

UFA's:

Blair Betts - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 615,000)
Colton Orr - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 550,000)
Dmitri Kalinin - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 2,100,000)
Paul Mara - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 1,950,000)
Stephen Valiquette - (2008/09 Actual Salary/Not Cap Hit - 725,000)


Alright so that is how it is laid out. We have 12,841,190 to bring back the above RFA's/UFA's that we want. Is that possible? I will give it a try below. I am working under the premise that no one offers any of our RFA's an offer sheet, specifically Dubinsky or Zherdev. If that happens we are probably gonna have to get really creative.

Everything I do is pure speculation in terms of what I believe players could potentially get in raises. Feel free to disagree.

RFA's:

Zherdev - raise from 3,250,000 to 4,000,000
Dubinsky - raise from 635,000 to 1,500,000
Prucha - no offer
Korpikoski - raise from 984,200 to 1,000,000
Fritsche - no offer
Sjostrom - raise from 840,000 to 900,000
Dawes - raise from 587,500 to 650,000
Callahan - raise from 575,000 to 900,000


UFA's:

Betts - re-sign for 950,000
Orr - re-sign for 650,000
Mara - re-sign for 3,000,000
Kalinin - No Offer
Valiquette - re-sign for 850,000

Total for the re-signing of the above RFA's and UFA's: 14,400,000

12,841,190 - 14,400,000 = -1,558,810

I think I kept my RFA and UFA salaries very modest and I still went into the red by 1,558,810 mill. So if the cap does in fact move slightly down or even stay the same we are not in really great shape. Nevermind bringing in any new UFA's, just trying to keep our team together will be difficult. If someone throws an offer sheet at Dubi or Zherdev things could get really interesting. I think this is the danger of operating every season under the expectation that the cap will keep going up every year. Which is what we have been doing.

Just to summarize the team I tried to create under the cap would look like this.....

Drury - Gomez - Naslund
Zherdev - Dubinsky - Voros
Dawes - Korpikoski - Callahan
Sjostrom - Betts - Orr

Redden - Girardi
Staal - Mara
Rozsival - ?

Henrik
Vally

Extra:
Patrick Rissmiller

If we keep Rissmiller in Hartford we clear 1,000,000 in salary. So that would make us 558,810 over the cap. While still needing a 6th D-Man and an extra forward. Not a very good position to be in.


Final Conclusion: Pray that the cap keeps going up.

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