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Can Vancouver sign Gaborik and Hossa this offseason
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12-14-2008, 07:09 PM
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Marian Hossa ($7.45M) - Pavol Demitra ($4M) - Marian Gaborik ($7.5M)
Mason Raymond ($0.833M) - Kyle Wellwood ($1M) - Steve Bernier ($2.5M)
Alexandre Burrows ($1.5M) - Ryan Kesler ($1.75M) - Jannik Hansen ($0.75M)
Darcy Hordichuk ($0.75M) - Ryan Johnson ($1.1M) - Rick Rypien ($0.55)
Mike Brown ($0.522M)
Mattias Ohlund ($3.75M) - Sami Salo ($3.5M)
Willie Mitchell ($3.5M) - Kevin Bieksa ($3.75M)
Alex Edler ($3.25M) - Shane O'Brien ($1M)
We may be in trouble though the year after though if the cap goes down.
we'd be screwed even if the cap didn't go down the following year (and we know that there's a very good chance that it does go down).
Remember you're now at the current cap at almost $57mill. Next season you Luongo, Kesler and Mitchell all hitting UFA status.
a roster like that will leave you with no room, no flexibility and the risk of losing your most valuable goalie and dman the following year.
Just not worth it, IMO.
plus, I'd stay FAR away from Gaborik, especially at that salary... there's no way he's earned that kind of salary after the injury history he's had... chances are that you'll be able to get Havlat for half the price (or around $4mill), and I'd rather take an injury-prone Havlat at $4mill over an injury-prone Gaborik at almost $8mill.
And Hossa deserves more money than Gaborik as well, not sure why his salary is slightly less above?
finally, next season, Hodgson looks like he's ready to jump into the NHL... don't think that sending him back to junior for another year does him any good (and he'd still be too young to play in the AHL).
if Hossa wants to sign in Vancouver and they can fit him in, great... but Gaborik is asking for trouble with his injury history and that type of contract. And Demitra himself is *much* better on the wing than he is at center.
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