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11-02-2011, 10:01 AM
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KIRK
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Originally Posted by SteelTownFever View Post
Here's something I just threw together on CapGeek (2012-13 season) just going off of what we have currently on our roster, and some of the prospects we have on the way that could realistically be a regular in 2 years.

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Chris Kunitz ($3.725m) / Sidney Crosby ($9.000m) / Beau Bennett ($0.900m)
Eric Tangradi ($0.650m) / Evgeni Malkin ($8.700m) / James Neal ($5.000m)
Dustin Jeffrey ($0.850m) / Jordan Staal ($5.000m) / Pascal Dupuis ($1.500m)
Zach Sill ($0.550m) / Joe Vitale ($0.700m) / Craig Adams ($0.700m)

DEFENSEMEN
Brooks Orpik ($3.750m) / Kristopher Letang ($3.500m)
Paul Martin ($5.000m) / Zbynek Michalek ($4.000m)
Simon Despres ($0.840m) / Robert Bortuzzo ($0.535m)

GOALTENDERS
Marc-Andre Fleury ($5.000m) / Brad Thiessen ($0.600m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $66,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,500,000; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $5,800,000

Notice the cap space is $5.8M (assuming at least $2M salary cap increase). With that we could add some better wingers in free agency.
Oh, this is absolutely doable for next year. Then, you've got pay raises for Sid, Staal, and Flower for 2013-2014. Enough space again. Then, you've got pay raises yet again before the 2014-2015 season for Malkin (who I don't think will ask for one as long as there is no cut) and Letang (who will be tricky).

Look, it's absolutely doable assuming the core five guys are willing to leave money on the table. At some point, you'll have to move Martin and/or sacrifice in terms of the dollars spent of your bottom five or six forwards, but that's better than the alternative.

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