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01-18-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Knuckles30 View Post
Ok, so let's assume they defer the $2.5 million in bonuses and sign Subban to a $6M deal. Then next year is at $8.57 cap space - $2M deferred bonuses - $6M for Subban = $570K cap space, with only 17 players under contract. Even if you buy out Kaberle, you've now got ~$5M to sign 7 players, including Desharnais.

Pushing the bonuses to next year would be a HUGE mistake.
A good chunk of the bonuses are probably unlikely to be earned unless Galchenyuk wins a trophy or is like top 10 in league scoring.

Like 417 said, there are several ways to manage the cap. There are always options. If Galchenyuk is good enough to be earning his bonuses, then you can entertain trading a Plekanec or Desharnais to save cap room and then you put Galchenyuk at center. You can amnesty Bourque and retain salary in a Kaberle trade. Maybe Cole retires.

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