Thread: Salary Cap: Michael Del Zotto
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01-08-2012, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbop View Post
No I'm not. 5 years, $15-17MM. Would be smart to get him under contract long term and set the bar for McDonagh the following summer.
I'd love that deal and that's smart thinking with McDonagh. Sure, it might hurt us a tiny bit in the short run by having a cap hit of 3-3.5 instead of 2-2.5, but in the long run that'd be great. If Del Zotto plays like he has this year (and for all we know he could improve), he'll be a defensively responsible 50 point d-man. That is worth a lot.

You could entice him to sign it (maybe even with a lower cap hit) by putting in a big bonus in the beginning as lockout protection. Now, I doubt we do that (we generally don't reward players who haven't earned it - we backload RFA contracts to actually give them more as they progress), but it's always a possibility.

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