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06-23-2011, 01:24 PM
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ChibiPooky
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Originally Posted by exwhaler View Post
Actually, the most recent reports say they're not close to an extension. As of June 17, they hadn't even had substantial talks.


Obviously, a deal still could be worked out, but there is a realistic possibility that Cole could hit free agency.
According to the fans on the Canes board, Cole apparently wants a deal for three years or longer. None of them seem willing to give him that long. Is it possible the Caps could take a bit of a risk on a three-year deal for around 3.5M? He's still capable of playing first-line minutes and has the speed to keep up with Ovechkin and Backstrom (well, more so than Knuble anyway). More importantly (to me) it puts Knuble on a line where he can go to the net without getting mangled by #1 d-pairs.

So... the 2011 roster could (in theory) look something like this (if Laich indeed walks for way too much money)?

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Alexander Ovechkin ($9.538m) / Nicklas Backstrom ($6.700m) / Erik Cole ($3.500m)
Alexander Semin ($6.700m) / Marcus Johansson ($0.900m) / Mike Knuble ($2.000m)
Jason Chimera ($1.875m) / Michal Handzus or Jason Arnott ($3.250m) / Eric Fehr ($2.200m)
Matt Hendricks ($0.825m) / Mattias Sjogren ($0.900m) / Boyd Gordon ($1.150m)
Jay Beagle ($0.512m) / Matt Bradley ($1.000m)

DEFENSEMEN
Karl Alzner ($2.500m) / John Carlson ($0.845m)
Jeff Schultz ($2.750m) / Mike Green ($5.250m)
Ed Jovanovski or Scott Hannan ($3.000m) / Dennis Wideman ($3.937m)
John Erskine ($1.500m)

GOALTENDERS
Michal Neuvirth ($1.150m) / Semyon Varlamov ($2.000m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,984,295; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $15,705

I think I like that. Enough contracts are coming up that they can pay Carlson next year.

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