Thread: Proposal: Oilers-Penguins
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03-05-2011, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Roof Daddy View Post
I was operating under that premise. D and goal - set. At F - if the cap were to go to 61.5 (raise of 2.1) you'd have 5 forwards to sign for 5.75 million. So what kind of top 6 UFA are you getting? The starting price is probably 3 mil, and that's for fringe top 6ers (Ryder, Frolov, Vrbata) or reclamation projects (Gagne, Sturm) or the over the hill crowd (Arnott, Langenbrunner). And now you've got to sign 4 more forwards at an average of less than 700,000 per player while replacing guys like Talbot and Dupuis, not to mention what an arbitrator awards Kennedy who's setting himself up for a minimum 1.5mil arbitration award. Do the Pens walk away from an arbitration ruling just to sign a questionable top 6 UFA?

Not sure they have the decent chunk you seem to think they have.
Neal (2.875) - Crosby (8.7) - Jeffrey (0.500)
Kunitz (3.75) - Staal (4.0) - Malkin (8.7)
Cooke (1.8) - Letestu (0.625) - Kennedy (~0.850)
Connor (0.500) - Vitale (0.500) - Adams (0.600)

Letang (3.5) - Orpik (3.75)
Martin (5.0) - Michalek (4.0)
Niskanen (1.5) - Free Agent
Engelland (0.550)

Fleury (5.0)
Johnson (0.600)

Total: 57.3

So if the cap goes up to 61.5, Shero has about 4 million to play around with to upgrade the team. Just mass amounts of maneuverability.

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