Thread: Salary Cap: James Neal's next contract
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01-03-2012, 11:07 AM
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He's a product of playing with Malkin. Plain and simple. Take Malkin away like last year...and he's nothing short of completely average.

Right now, he's the equivalent of Staal in performance and importance. I'd love 5 year $4.5 a year for both. VERY fair contracts. I hope he realizes that its difficult for us to give out big contracts...we're tight enough as it is.

This is figuring in that Sullivan and Mac are gone next year and we can get Asham back for the same price. Then again we don't know what the salary cap is going to do...could go up or down...and I think we need to retain Niskanin.

So for 2012-13, I'd like to see...

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Chris Kunitz ($3.725m) / Sidney Crosby ($8.700m) / Pascal Dupuis ($1.500m)
Free Agent ($1.500m) / Evgeni Malkin ($8.700m) / James Neal ($4.500m)
Matt Cooke ($1.800m) / Jordan Staal ($4.000m) / Tyler Kennedy ($2.000m)
Arron Asham ($0.775m) / Joe Vitale ($0.550m) / Craig Adams ($0.675m)
Dustin Jeffrey ($0.575m)

DEFENSEMEN
Paul Martin ($5.000m) / Zbynek Michalek ($4.000m)
Brooks Orpik ($3.750m) / Kristopher Letang ($3.500m)
Deryk Engelland ($0.566m) / Matt Niskanen ($1.750m)
/ Ben Lovejoy ($0.525m)

GOALTENDERS
Marc-Andre Fleury ($5.000m) / Brent Johnson ($0.600m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,654,167; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $607,832

Resignings:

Neal: $4,500,000 / 5 years
Asham: $775,000 / 2 years
Vitale: $550,000 / 3 years
Niskanin: $1,750,000 / 2 years
Free Agent: $1,500,000 / 1 year

Not much left in cap space...so I guess it depends on the FA...or if Jeffery is ready to take that spot.

After that year...THEN some big decisions come in. Dupuis, Cooke, Crosby, Staal, TK, Adams, Orpik, and Tanger...

I'd love to keep Dupuis at the same price. Cooke too...if he doesn't retire (love him or hate him we can't allow him to go to another team). Crosby will get resigned...hopefully for the same (or ideally less if concussions continue). Staal gets a .5-1mil raise. Bye TK if you aren't traded. Adams, you served your duties well...on the fence with ya. Tanger is a must. On the fence about Orpik given our current defense. Things can certainly change.

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