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05-11-2011, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ozymandias View Post
I agree with almost everything you said, except for the bolded part.

Assuming Subban and Price both get somewhere between 4-5 mil, you also have to consider that Hamrlik and Spacek will be gone. If we can manage to have Markov-Hamr-Spacek-Price at the tune of 17,8 with a cap of 59,4, then Markov-Subban-Ehrhoff(or whoever)-Price at the tune of 20-21 mil isn't that big a difference (2,2mil-3,2mil) considering the cap might be at 65 by 12-13, which is the first contract year of both Subban and Price's next contracts. By that time, Gomez might not be cap problem anymore, and we'll still have a lot of manoeuvring space for our forwards, with all the important pieces signed.

It's actually an imperative, IMO, to try and replace Hamr with someone worth the same cap hit (best target Ehrhoff). Spacek gone by next year will give the space needed for Subban and the cap rise will take plenty care of Price's cap upgrade.
Subban and Price next contract should come in around 8 to 8.5m. Remember that this will PK second contract and he won t be getting gigantic increase. That will be his next contract when Habs will buying UFA years. At the moment they make a combine 3.5m. Spacek and Moen will be coming off the books ( they combine for 5.3m) which more than enough to cover PK and Price increase with enough left over to start paying a replacement for Spacek and Moen with farmhands or a cheap UFA.

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