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01-04-2013, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
I would have said the Habs' seem to be in one of the most comfortable situations for the new cap world. Compliance buyouts are obviously "in" now, and if the league is willing to go to 2 of them, we are laughing.

Obviously Gomez and Kaberle are the leading candidates at the moment. But play the season (/half-season). Player asset values will change. Not likely Gomez's, but maybe Kaberle's. Maybe somebody else on our roster. At any rate, we aren't looking at being stuck with any super-big super-long term contracts on underperformers anymore. I'd be more worried if my team had some questionable long-term mega deals to ponder the buyout implications for, like some other teams do.

Bonus cushion, $60M cap, two compliance buyouts, we would be very comfortable.
I still see a team like TB with much bigger issues. They will lose cash flow with the lock out and have some big cap eaters they probably can't afford to buy out like Lecavalier and Ohlund, then they have some young guys who will need new deals soon like Hedman and Connolly. They also just overspent on Carle and Purcell.

Other than Gomez the rest of our contracts over 1 mil are guys that can reasonably play up to, the ones that didn't "earn" it in 11-12 could bounce back either from injury or just performance.

Not a stretch that Gionta scores 25-30 and provides grit and strong leadership and is worth his 5 mil.

Bourque at 3.3 mil just needs to get back to banging and score 20 to be worth it.

Kaberle at 4.25 mil needs to be in camp in better shape, more reliable defensively(that part of his game was exagerted last year though) and put up 40+ points.

Plekanec even with a drop in offense is worth his cap hit already if you include his tough matchups and PK.

Price is still on way up and should develop from top 10-15 goalie to top 5.

Markov 80% of it is staying healthy, playing top 4 minutes and boosting the transition game and PP, not a big stretch at 5.75 mil.

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