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08-11-2005, 12:36 PM
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regehr
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter Griffin
The Canucks are most likely interested, but have no space to add his contract, unless they got rid of a salary such as Sami Salo's. Personally, I'd much rather have Salo, who is a top 4 d-man, than Witt who I see as nothing more than a 5th d-man on a good team. Witt is by far one of the most overrated players in the NHL.
people keep saying that vancouver doesn't have the cap space to add witt. i just don't see that is necessarily the case - it depends on where the rest of their RFAs fall. they have 13 players signed for $27,682,333

LW MARKUS NASLUND $6,000,000
LW TODD BERTUZZI $5,269,333
D ED JOVANOVSKI $3,990,000
C BRENDAN MORRISON $3,200,000
G DAN CLOUTIER $2,318,000
RW TREVOR LINDEN $1,520,000
C HENDRIK SEDIN $1,250,000
LW DANIEL SEDIN $1,250,000
RW RICHARD PARK $750,000
C RYAN KESLER $722,000
G ALEXANDER AULD $513,000
RW WADE BROOKBANK $450,000
D NOLAN BAUMGARTNER $450,000

the biggest unsigned player (Ohlund, 28yrs, career max: 36 pts) will be going to arbitration and in the new system, the arbitor rules either in favor of one side or the other (nothing in between). the canucks could win if they submit their qualifying offer, using these comparables:

- K.Johnsson (29 yrs, career max: 42pts, $2.128m)
- T.Kaberle (27 yrs, career max: 47 pts, $2.28m)
- B.Berard (28 yrs, career max: 48 pts, $2.25m)
- D.Markov (28 yrs, career max: 36 pts, $2.35m)
- S.Souray (28 yrs, career max: 35 pts, $2.128m)

Other RFAs yet to sign:

D SAMI SALO (QO: $1,273,000); est: $1,500,000
LW MATT COOKE (QO: $627,000); est: $1,000,000
D BRYAN ALLEN (QO: $941,441); est: $1,000,000
C ARTEM CHUBAROV (QO: $743,497); est: $850,000
LW JARKKO RUUTU (QO: $501,600); est: $600,000
RW JASON KING (QO: $480,700); est: $500,000

Ohlund + other RFAs total $7,730,000, bringing the total to $35,412,333 for 20 players. assuming 3 bench players at $450,000 each brings them to $36,762,333 (but they may not carry the full 23 players).

Witt makes $1,672,000. If they trade Allen for Witt (not saying they would but for the sake of argument) that adds another $672,000, bringing the total to $37,434,333. That leaves them about $1.5 million to play with.

Since the deadline is 40 days prior to the end of season and the season is 196 days long, that means acquiring a player at the deadline means paying only 20% of a player's salary. With $1.5 million free that means they could acquire a player (or players) whose salaries are up to $7.5 million (since they would only be on the hook for 20% = $1.5 million). So, this should give them plenty of flexibility to add pieces at the deadline.

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