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01-06-2013, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Alklha View Post
The money situation for this season is fine. Yes, we lose the income from 16 home games, but the players are only getting paid for 50 games and the bulk of the NHL revenue comes in the second half of the season anyway.

Our signed line-up for next season is...

Perron - Backes - Oshie
Schwartz - ??? - Tarasenko
??? - Steen - ???
??? - Sobotka - Reaves
??? - ???

??? - ???
Jackman - ???
??? - Polak


That is costing $32,133,334. To add Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Russell and Cole then you are looking at about $44.65m even with Amry's great negotiating skills! So that is already over the salary floor, and we still need 1 defenseman and 6 forwards. Berglund will obviously be one, and if Stewart and McDonald aren't back then we need 2 quality wingers. We also can't just look to ELC's to solve the problems. Long term, their is an importance to have them within the team, but Jaškin and Rattie aren't both going to be ready for full time NHL duty next season, if either is!

Financial prudence is undoubtedly needed, but the only way to keep our salary bill down next season would be to trade off our young, quality assets. Do that, and good luck getting the fans to pay the increased ticket prices.
Do you really think the Blues are going to spend close to $20 million just on defense? That is a little bit unrealistic especially since all 4 of those guys are still RFAs, Maybe if they were UFAs you could consider the Blues spending that money but that is not the case. This off season the cap is going to drop $6 million many teams are going to have to drop salary, the players as a whole are losing 7% of what they previously earned. The next few years of free agency is going to greatly be in favor of the teams and not the players. The market is going to be full of good players looking for work that are going to have to take a pay cut or not play in the NHL. Teams are not going to be spending money on FAs like they have the last few years. Under the old CBA the Blues would be spending more but there is a new CBA. Total contracts are dropping 7%, why would the Blues salaries go up when most teams are going down?

With a new CBA you cannot look at things the same way, just like after the last lockout players as a whole will be making less money for the next couple years. Also just like last time the players that will be hurt the most are RFAs which is what the Blues are full of. With the exception of Andy Mac all the Blues UFAs can easily be replaced.

Finally, I did not say they are going to be at the floor next year I said they will be closer to the floor than the ceiling.

EDIT: just thought I would let you know, you said players are paid for 50 games well that is not the case they are paid based on days on the roster and not # of games played.

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