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02-05-2006, 08:59 PM
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New Cap Projections....Implications for the Preds

According to current revenue projections, the team-by-team salary cap for next season is slated to be $46 million US, a jump from the current $39 million. But the proposed changes would see the cap rise to a minimum of $42 million instead, and cut the percentage in escrow players would pay out of their paycheques next season anywhere from 2.5 per cent to five per cent.

Currently, the salary cap is calculated by finding the average among the league's 30 payrolls and making the upper limit $8 million higher than the average and the lower limit $8 million lower than the average payroll. So next year's minimum payroll is currently slated to be around $30 million, up from this season's $21.5 million. But the proposed changes would see the method changed so that the upper limit is only $5 million higher than the average payroll, and the lower limit $11 million below the average payroll. That would set the lower limit at around $27 million next season.

This implies that we would be near the lower limit now or need to increase by $2 million, just to reach the minimum depending on how things are figured, as current levels are in the $28-29 million range.

Here is the list of our UFA's for 2006/7:
Jamie Allison
Greg Johnson
Danny Markov
Scott Nichol
Yanic Perreault
Jeremy Stevenson
Mike Sillinger
Mark Eaton
Chris Mason

Jerred Smithson [Group VI UFA]
Libor Pivko [Group VI UFA]
Vernon Fiddler [Group VI UFA]

Here is a list of our RFA's for 2006/7:

David Legwand - [some debate whether he is RFA or UFA based on seasons played]
Marek Zidlicky - [some debate whether he is UFA because he will only have 2 seasons in the league despite being still 29 yrs old, he may still be RFA]
Martin Erat
Adam Hall
Scott Hartnell
Dan Hamhuis
Jordin Tootoo
Scottie Upshall
Brian Finley
Kris Beech

Players under contract 2006/7:
Tomas Vokoun
Scott Walker
Kimmo Timonen
Steve Sullivan
Paul Kariya
Darcy Hordichuk
Ryan Suter
Shea Weber
Kevin Klein
Pekka Rinne
Alexander Radulov

Please give me corrections on status, if you sure they are different than I have listed.

The overall point is that our only big dollar raise person [Vokoun] still under contract in 2006/7....That means we will have a HUGE amount of cap room, and even alot of room to even reach the midpoint......
Can anyone see a big time acquisition on the horizon be it at the trade deadline, or more likely in free agency?

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