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02-04-2010, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by UnderratedBrooks44 View Post
You're about a million over the cap with all of that, but if Eaton gets $3 million/year I'll eat my hat so it doesn't matter anyways. It's not exactly a great setup anyways to be frank. Nick friggin' Johnson as a full time top six forward, an unproven (yes face it) Letestu getting consistent minutes, and you need to re-sign/replace Cooke as well which would definitely put it over the cap.
How do you know I'm over the cap with that unless you run the numbers?

Kunitz (3.725)Crosby (8.700)Benn (0.822)
FA (X.XXX)Staal (4.000)Malkin (8.700)
Cooke (1.600)FA (X.XXX)Kennedy (0.725)
Rupp (0.825)Talbot (1.050)Godard (0.750)

Gonchar (5.000)Orpik (3.750)
Eaton (2.500)Letang (3.250)
Lovejoy (0.500)FA (X.XXX)

Fleury (5.000)
Backup (0.525)


The players that we use as the 2nd line LW and 3rd line center could be determined in camp next season or acquired through free agency. Same with the 3rd pairing defenseman.

There would be $5 million to split between those three positions if you cut Eaton's salary to 2.5 since you don't think he'll get 3, though I suspect he easily could given what Scuderi got last year and what other free agent defensemen have gotten in recent years. All of this would most definitely be under the cap unless the cap drops, and there has been no indication so far that such would be the case.

You're going to get "hometown" discounts for Letang and Eaton if you re-sign them, whereas you'll overpay if you let them walk and try to get all of your defensemen through free agency. What would you do differently?

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