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07-23-2009, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Drunkspleen View Post
Yeah but they either pull the trigger on those trades or they only sign one of toews, kane, and keith, maybe two, definitely not 3.

Also given the surgery would only put him out till december it's not going to be a very long term solution to cap problems.
Well no, it's not a long term solution... but it's about 2 billion times better of a solution than they had before.

If whoever is making the decisions for Chicago has any brains at all, they are going to start really beating the bushes for a legitimate trade partner between now and the end of the calendar year, preferably in the Eastern Conference. They've got to find a way to get about 6 mil of long-term cap off their books by the end of this year, and probably by the trade deadline. IMO they should bite the bullet and move Sharp and either trade or demote Sopel. That would get them about 3/4ths of the way to being able to make a legitimate offer for two of their 3 RFAs.

The problem is, the Bolland and Versteeg deals set an internal market for Kane, Toews and Keith of no less than 5 mil a guy. Even if they can get all three locked up at that number, you're looking at a 2010-11 cap number of just over 57 mil with all of 15 guys under contract.

Even if they are able to clear Sharp and Sopel off the roster the Hawks will STILL have a cap number at over 50 mil, and they'll STILL need to fill between 7-10 roster spots.

That's why I think it will be impossible for the Hawks to keep their three RFAs, and even if they do keep their three RFAs the 2010-11 Hawks will be worse than the 2009-10 Hawks... which are going to be worse than the 2008-9 Hawks.

They're going the wrong way, and they are crushed by the cap regardless.

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