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02-07-2010, 03:30 PM
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jniklast
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
An issue I see with this strategy is that Callahan, Dubinsky, and Anisimov will all be RFA at the end of next season. We'll be at the cap ceiling with no contracts coming off the books except for Brashear and Gilroy.

The point is, we're going to be stuck in a worse situation next off-season unless we plan accordingly now. 2011 would be Gaborik and Kovalchuk surrounded by AHLers and Drury, with a defense whose average age will be 22.
I just did the cap calc at capgeek.com, and well, I got different total numbers (your out-the-door list adds up to $18.5 million):

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AUTO-GENERATED CAPGEEK.COM LINES
FORWARDS
* Ilya Kovalchuk ($8.500m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m)
Ryan Callahan ($2.300m) / Sean Avery ($1.938m) / Brandon Dubinsky ($1.850m)
Donald Brashear ($1.400m) / * Erik Christensen ($1.000m) / Evgeny Grachev ($0.933m)
Artem Anisimov ($0.822m) / * Brandon Prust ($0.750m) / Brian Boyle ($0.525m)
* Dane Byers ($0.500m)
DEFENSEMEN
* Marc Staal ($2.500m) / * Daniel Girardi ($2.000m)
* UFA D-Man ($2.000m) / Matt Gilroy ($1.750m)
Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m) / Bobby Sanguinetti ($0.855m)
* UFA D-Man ($0.500m)
GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Chad Johnson ($0.850m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS
ROSTER: 22; PAYROLL: $53.485m; CAP ROOM: $3.960m BONUSES: $0.645m
$4 million of cap-room next season (if the cap stays the same). If Sather doesn't spend it on stupid multi-year-contracts (unfortunately I'm afraid he does) that and Brashear's 1.3 million should be enough to re-sign Dubi, Cally and Anisimov.

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