DEBATE: Is the cap going down next season and how much? (And can we afford Parise?)
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11-15-2011, 12:58 PM
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The only way we're players for Parise is if we see Dubinsky traded sometime between the draft and July 1st. There is absolutely no chance that the Rangers are going to invest in another $6M+ contract and still carry four more ~$4M contracts on the books in Callahan, Dubi, Girardi and Staal. That's not even taking into consideration the uncertainty regarding the CBA.
Parise is a great player, but you don't risk losing cap flexibility for one guy. Keep in mind that in a couple years, we're going to have 4 key RFAs to re-sign in McDonagh, Stepan, Anisimov and Sauer. While I think Sauer may eventually be the odd-man out on the blue line, the other three are vital to the success of this team both in the short term, and the future.
If we can replace Dubinsky with Parise, it's obviously a win, but at some point this team is going to have to stop turning over the roster every summer if it wants to compete for a cup. As we've seen with Gaborik and Richards not hitting it off, things that look good on paper don't always translate into success on the ice. The good news is, I think Kreider has a real shot at being just the kind of winger Richards is going to mesh with.
If you have a shot on a player like Parise, and signing him costs you no other assets, you do it. The four guys who are up for new deals in 2 summers are all RFAs as you mentioned, so none of them are getting mega bucks. You sign Parise this summer and you worry about dealing players two years from now if need be.
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