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06-24-2010, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BigBrown View Post
Something that needs to be remembered is that when a contract ends you need to replace that player somehow. So even if we free up a bunch of salary when Williams' and Handzus' contracts are up, that's a top 6 winger and third (or second, however you count it) line center that needs to be replaced.

You could argue that Schenn would replace Handzus but now you are no longer saving $4 million. I don't even think we have any top 6 NHL ready wingers in the system at all to replace Williams.

I'm just saying it's not as easy as looking at who needs a raise and how much salary is freed up, you need to consider the salary of the replacements as well and how viable they are as NHL contributors too.
Schenn could replace Stoll and remember that Dean said Schenn's bonuses are probably not easy to achive, so his true cap hit will only be $900,000.

Handzus may re-sign at a discount or Lewis could replace him.

This is why you need to draft well, it doesn't matter how much cap space you have, you will always need to eventually replace the more expensive vets with cheaper, younger players.

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