Thread: Salary Cap: Next Years Cap Problems
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01-27-2010, 09:25 AM
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Noldo
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Originally Posted by GNick42 View Post
No way get Price locked up cheaper than he is now. He is a premier young goalie. Many teams offer 3m plus and give up a pick to try to Penner like steal him from us.
Price is among the hardest contracts to estimate. On one hand, even contract on his current cap hit would be major increase (salary increasing from 850k to 2 million), so his current cap his isn't probably the best base for evaluation.

Looking at young goalies, Lehtonen earned 3 million last season (1 year deal, history of injuries), Rask signed for 1.25 million (below his ELC cap hit, but truly unproven at that point), LeClaire got 3.8 million, Ward earned 2.6 million cap hit contract coming from the Conn Smythe (escalating salary 2.0 - 2.5 - 3.5 million).

So there is reason to believe Price could get 3 million contract, but I would assume Gainey would try to get him sign for short term (2 years?) on lower cap hit (2.5-3.0 contract or even lower)

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