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05-08-2011, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Janerixon View Post
This is just wrong, if the Rangers buyout Drury and Wolski, Keep Zucc and MDZ in the minors and waive EC and Boogard then demote them (which is all plausible) we can not only sign Richards, but add a Gagne if he comes on the cheaper side and a puck moving d-man like Pitkanen.

The cap is expected to go up to 62.2 million at least. Here's an example of how we can sign Richards, Gagne, and Pitkanen.


Simon Gagne ($3.000m) / Brad Richards ($7.000m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($3.900m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.850m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.900m)
Carl Hagelin ($0.662m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Ruslan Fedotenko ($1.250m)
Sean Avery ($1.937m) / Brian Boyle ($1.850m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)

Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Michael Sauer ($1.500m)
Pavel Valentenko ($0.850m) / Joni Pitkanen ($4.500m)

Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

Chris Drury ($3.716m)
Wojtek Wolski ($.467m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,908,334; BONUSES: $425,000
Del Zotto should be an NHL player next year, not worth hurting his development to sign a guy who might help the team if he's healthy. I think we'd all love to see Christensen and Boogaard off this team. Wishful thinking, at least with EC.

I don't think we should buy out Wolski, when it's entirely possible that he has the same performance with Richards and Gaborik as Gagne would. Gagne hasn't been a 40 goal scorer in four seasons, so it's safe to assume that he's not getting back there. I also highly doubt he only takes 3 million.

Dubinsky getting less than 4 or 4.2 is wishful thinking but I guess it's possible. Anisimov is also going to ask for 2-2.25 in all likelihood.

Just don't see how it's going to work. I also wouldn't spend more than 3 million for Pitkanen on a one year deal.

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