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06-21-2012, 02:57 PM
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Players only hold negative value when they are unable to contribute to a team or their contribution is doesn't come close to matching their cap hit.

Luongo would contribute greatly to the Leafs and his contribution would likely exceed his cap hit for the next 4-6 years. There are a few other factors that need to be kept in mind. First is that the salary cap will continue to rise. Since 2005, it has risen from $39M to $64.3M (excluding the current temporary cap), which is a 65% increase over 7 seasons. If it goes up another 65% over 7 seasons, that puts the cap at $106.1M and Luongo's $5.333M cap hit would be a small fraction of the cap (5%). Second, I'm hesitant to assume Luongo continues to play past 40 as a backup, so I'd assume he retires somewhere between 39-42, anyways and, at that point, his cap hit is irrelevant (not to mention you can bury him in the minors at the point if he chooses not to retire). Third, being a legitimate playoff contender, which a guy like Luongo would help the Leafs achieve, makes Toronto a more alluring free agent destination. No star players want to go to mediocre teams that don't appear to want to improve their teams. That's why the Leafs continue to strike out on big name free agents like Brad Richards.

Komisarek holds negative value to the Canucks as he would likely be sitting in the press box most of the season eating up $4.5M in cap space. In a best case scenario, he's a #6 guy making $4.5M instead of the ~$1M that a #6 guy would normally get (so still negative value). The only guy in LACK that holds anywhere close to positive value is Connolly, only because he's a borderline #2 center who would fill the 3rd line. Overpaid to be our 3rd line center, but at least he would be a regular contributor.

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