Habs projected Cap / line-up in 2010-2011
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12-26-2009, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
I wouldn't resign MAB to anything over 1M cap hit. Nor would I give Metro a big raise.
A first-rate point shot is valuable asset, I agree, but I think Markov has shown that he is the secret ingredient and the trigger-puller is a commodity. MAB can probably get better offer somewhere else and will walk. We thank him for a fine season and get a big shot to complement Markov from somewhere else: try out your own guys, get a cheap free agent or trade near the trade deadline.
Metro I really like, but he's going to be 36 going into the next season. This is going his last chance at a retirement fund. If he keeps up his production (20g/40p season), he's going to get a front-loaded multiyear deal from somebody (maybe 6M over 3y). We won't be able to offer that. He is good, damn excellent at his current price, but he is not part of the team core, and thus can't endanger getting the core signed.
We have just one NHL center signed for the next year and that's Gomez. The only other nominal center under contract for next year is Ryan White. Sign Pleknanec to a sane contract and we're in decent shape, lose him and we're in deep trouble. (Also the reason Gainey should sign Pleks during the season; before he does do it he can't know what has to spend and what he needs.)
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