Thread: Salary Cap: So I did some number crunching...
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02-26-2010, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Agalloch View Post
I have somethig like this.

Scott Gomez $7,357,142
Mike Cammalleri $6,000,000
Brian Gionta $5,000,000
Tomas Plekanec $4,100,000
Andrei Kostitsyn $3,250,000
Travis Moen $1,500,000
Benoit Pouliot $1,000,000
Max Pacioretty $910,000
Sergei Kostitsyn $850,000
Ryan White $850,000
Maxim Lapierre $800,000
Mathieu Darche $600,000
Tom Pyatt $500,000


Andrei Markov $5,750,000
Roman Hamrlik $5,500,000
Jaroslav Spacek $3,833,333
Hal Gill $2,250,000
Josh Gorges $1,100,000
Ryan O'Byrne $941,666
Mathieu Carle $500,000


* Carey Price $2,000,000
* Jaroslav Halak $2,000,000


Georges Laraque - $500,000
I doubt you would sign either Halak or Price for $2 million. Teams could sign them for more than that and only give up a 2nd round draft choice. Pouliot could be signed by another team for about $1.5 million and only give up a 3rd round choice.

I think all three of these players will sign for more than you have listed, probably by about $500,000 each.

You may also be optimistic about Pleks signing for $4.1 million. We might need to offer something like $4.5 million to keep him.

Using those numbers, you are at about $59 million with only 22 players, most teams carry 23. You have no breathing room for trades, players being recalled from the minors or a possible decline in the salary cap.

With the 2009-10 set at $56.8 million, a 5% decline would put us offside by $5 million. A 5% increase in the cap would give us enough room to sign that 23rd player and no cushion for anything else.

Salary decisions shouldn't be based on the hope that the cap will rise. Hope is a poor strategy. The team needs to have contingency plans for situation like this.

This is a mess and there aren't too many options to get out of it. Replacing Pleks with a center who earns minimum salary barely gets us under the wire. Gauthier certainly has his work cut out for him and he might have to make some extremely unpopular moves to resolve the situation.

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