Pittsburgh will have to make moves
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03-19-2009, 10:09 AM
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Going on what I wrote in another post that caused some heat, Pittsburgh WILL HAVE to move 1 of their higher contract guys. Staal or Malkin, Staal would have to go. Malkin or Crosby, Malkin would have to go. Why would I even bring this up? Pittsburgh is going to be running into a pretty big problem with salaries not so much this next season, but the one after for sure! You look at guys like Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Gonchar and Fleury make on a 50 million cap, will take up just over 60% of their space. You can not do that in this era, and someone will have to move. Whine all you want, its gotta happen. If Staal's and Malkin's new contracts took over this season, there is no way they would have been able to get the guys at the deadline. It's more than 11 million of cap added on, and in the future it will be a huge problem if its not looked at.
So...who's moving? I already made a point in another thread that I would move Malkin for the 1st overall pick, plus prospects/young players in a heartbeat. Not only for future salary reasons, but we've seen Malkin's playoff heart last year, and frankly I'd rather have a Canadian that was interested instead.
Total non-Pittsburg fan...I mean I love the team but the Canucks are the ones I cheer for. If Van gets knocked out then I cheer for Pittsburg. I just don't follow the Penguins nearly as close as all of you. So with this in mind....I don't see the problem you see.
If the cap stays the exact same as this season then I don't see any panic moves having to be made. By my count (which could be wrong) after all the UFA's are left unsigned you still need to sign 2 d-men, 1 goalie and 3 forwards. You have, currently, just a little over 10 million left to spend...that leaves approx. 1.6 million per person for a #6 and #7 d-man, a back-up goalie and 3 mid level forwards. More than doable.
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