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10-25-2011, 02:46 PM
Jack de la Hoya
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The problem is Schenn, Couturier, Giroux, Meszaros, and Read will all need new contracts at the same time with the latter two reaching UFA status.
Cap wise it makes more sense to send him back than wasting his ELC on the 4th line. The Flyers are up against it the cap as it is as they are spending $5M+ on their 10-13th forwards. You'd also get far more value out of his ELC as a 21 year old than you will as an 18 year old on the 4th line, and you would be easing some of the burden in three years.
I understand the argument about kicking his contact renewal back a year, I just think that, on balance, he's contributing enough to the team now to take that risk. Its a long season, injuries happen, and I could easily see him getting bumped up a line or two at some point throughout the year to fill in, either at center or on the wing. In the meantime, he's killing penalties and getting access to professional level strength and condition training.
I don't see Mez or Read as being major stumbling blocks in terms of the cap. Mez makes $4 million now, in the prime of his career age wise. With the projected increase in the cap over the next few years, I'm not certain he will end up taking up a greater share than he does now. Read, while off to a promising start, is a undrafted rookie, playing on the 3rd line who will be, what, 28 when he's up for a new contract. Let's not get crazy and pencil him in for a $5 million-dollar-a-year deal.
Giroux-Schenn- Couturier could get tricky, but its premature to worry about that. Look at the turnover on this team over the past few seasons--its not certain that all three are still with the team then. Even if they are, there should be plenty of room. Kimmo, Jagr, and Hartnell, at minimum, will all likely be gone by then--freeing up, what, $14 million in cap space? Briere's contract expires a year later, so while things could get tight for twelve months, there is flexibility long-term.
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