If the cap drops in 2013-2014...
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01-04-2013, 10:14 AM
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The recent proposal being debated has the cap dropping from $70.2 mil to $60.5 mil for the start of the 2013-2014 season.
Play GM Shero's role and get the Pens under the cap. Then post your proposed line-up.
Matt Cooke ($1.8m - 12/13)
Pascal Dupuis ($1.5m - 12/13)
Craig Adams ($0.675m - 12/13)
Ben Lovejoy ($0.525m -12/13)
Tyler Kennedy ($2.0m - 12/13)
Eric Tangradi ($0.726m - 12/13)
Dustin Jeffrey ($0.575m - 12/13)
Brian Strait ($0.606m - 12/13)
If I am Shero i let all 4 UFA's hit the market. Given the buyouts and the unsigned free agents that are going to be available there is not basis for what the market is going to be. 1.8 might buy a bigger upgrade than a Matt Cooke if the cap is only 60 million. I role the dice on not re-signing them at this point. Dupuis is the only one i'm iffy on but he's not that essential that we can't run the risk.
I'd qualify the 4 RFA's but again, i would not sign them until after UFA opens. I can't imagine anyone making an offer sheet on any of them given where the teams will be and who will be available in the UFA market so again, its a wait and see process.
If someone was interested in Tyler i'd move his rights for a late round pick at the draft, but that is the most i would do.
My gut tells me the cap will drop to somewhere around 62 when it is all said and done with the option to buy out 2 players. That puts the Penguins in a really good position with about 6 mil in cap if these UFA's walk. Granted guys will need to be re-signed for the following year but right now the Pens would have some flexability to be buyers next UFA period.
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