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01-26-2013, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Habtchum View Post
Just go to CAPGGEK and check out the budget for the habs this year and next year.

This year they have already - without PK - almost 64 million $, and just 6 million in cap space.

Next year, the cap space will be at 64 million. Of course they can buy out Kaberle and let some fringe players like Armstrong and Noke walk away, but they have only 16 players under contract and about 10 milion $ to deal with.

That is a MAJOR reason why bergevin wants PK at the best price as possible.
Okay, say the Habs sign PK to a $3M deal for the next two years. That saves space up until the end of 2014. But big deal -- Galchenyuk and Gallagher are still on ELC, as Tinordi and Beaulieu likely will be, too. Those are the important guys we'll be adding and we won't have to pay them much yet. We will HAVE the space for the next two years. And that doesn't count the possibility of dumping an existing salary.

But what do we do after PK's 'bridge' ends? It's two years in the future, he's still a RFA, but now he's become two years more valuable, salaries have gone up, and suddenly market value on a great defenseman in his prime is in the neighbourhood of $7M per season. Signing that future PK long-term would cost more money for more years than if we'd signed the present PK now for about $4.5 - $5M per season.

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