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Tortorella: If Staal has no contract by training camp, he shouldn't be there(in tc)
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07-29-2010, 02:09 PM
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Even with bonuses rolling over into next year, we only have 1.4 mil in cap space right now. After Staal signs, we'll be about 3 mil over the cap. And that's with 13 forwards and 7 dmen (and Brashear, who obviously won't be on the team, but will count against the cap).
The following players will make 3 mil or more:
Drury can't be sent down unless he agrees to it due to his NMC, and there's no way Gabby, Lundqvist, Rozsival, Staal, Girardi or Frolov are getting sent down. That only leaves Redden.
Sending him down would leave us with about 3-3.5 mil which we can use to bring up McD and/or Weise, and the rest for injuries/trades/bonuses.
You heard Torts say that he doesn't like that there's inexperience in the back end, which leaves me to believe he favors to keep Rozy/Redden to shape the d-core.
Which 13 forwards are you referencing? Could this means a combo of MZA/Eminger, and perhaps another player being demoted to free up enough space to keep Redden on the squad? I just can't see Torts going with Rozy as his only "vet" defenseman. Having said that, like everyone else on these boards, I'd love to see the blueshirts rid themselves of Redden's astronimcal cap hit.
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