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05-08-2012, 01:59 AM
Neal Before Zod
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
The room exists. The question becomes "how long can we remain under the cap by playing quality players on ELC contracts?"

This year we're no where near the Chicago cap Hell we saw after they won (at least they won). Give it a year or two and who knows?
That's the big issue. If the other non-massive contracts are long term, that's one thing...but a lot of them will be ending next year or the year after. Then you know you'll be either be giving a big bump to some of them, or trading them away.

I don't opposing having a few big contracts...having 4 all around the $7 million mark is pushing it...because it limits a lot of the necessary role players that are going to be making $2-4 million. We can't be getting by on ELCs or AVCs (aging veteran contracts) and be a healthy team. When one of those big guns goes down with an injury, you need quality depth to replace them with. You don't want one player killing your whole season because it forces an AHLer into the lineup.

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