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06-03-2010, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by SFKingshomer View Post
That's where I disagree. I consider Kovalchuk a 1st line winger but not a #1 forward. Your #1 should be a 2 way center. The Kings have the cap space now but how much will they have after they pay DD 6-7, Kovy 8, Kopi 6.7 and fill out the rest of the roster?
Plenty. 40-50% of your cap space will be with your top 5-6 players. That is how you build a team in the cap era. You can't be afraid to pay your core top dollar.

Kovalchuk, Kopitar, Doughty, Bernier/Quick, Brown and Johnson will be the core. They should make the most money. If Simmonds continues to grow, then he can replace Brown.

That is why you have to continue to draft well so that you have low cost players available to fill the roster. Moller, Hickey, Loktinov, Schenn, Clifford, etc. That is the key to building long term success.

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