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06-03-2010, 05:45 PM
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The problem is not this coming season...the problem is going to be next summer, I don't see how you guys are missing this. You can talk about Preissing all you want, his contract means nothing, it ends after this season, not 2012, the Kings are not going to be over the cap this coming season

Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Wayne Simmonds all are going to have to be signed to new deals that will double, or more their previous cap hit, almost all of us want to sign Kovalchuk, but you are looking at commiting around $28 million of our cap space to four players for the 2012 season. Obviously of those four players, one doesn't fit in. Plus what about picking up a second pairing d-man? Not likely with the going rate for a #4 d-man these days. Or how about a veteran gritty playoff type guy for the bottom lines...its going to be very hard to do any of this with Smyth's 6 mill a year salary on the 2nd line, heck screw adding, it very well might cost us re-signing Handzus who is our best all around center.

And as for 6 mill the going rate for a 2nd line player, that is totally wrong.

Here are some guys who make within 300k of Smyth or even less.

Patrick Kane
Jeff Carter
Jonathan Toews
Henrik Zetterberg
Mike Cammalleri
Patrik Elias
Daniel Alfredsson
Ryan Getzlaf

You can commit $28 mill to four players, the two teams in the finals are a perfect example, but it better damn well be the right four guys.

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