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01-28-2013, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by MattMartin View Post
What he said.

I think personally we could hire the greatest GM in the history of sports and without funding he would be good at best (good meaning makes the playoffs every few years loses 1st round all the time). When your are in a business where the playing field is equal more often than not the owner who is spending near the max opposed to the one who is struggling to make the floor your gonna probably be a better team and i will try to prove it below.

I will take a stab at the difference that 25 mil can make.
The max this year is 70.2 Mill and the floor is 44 mil and here is our numbers.

Forwards 2012-13
John Tavares 5,500,000
Matt Moulson 3,133,333
Michael Grabner 3,000,000
Kyle Okposo 2,800,000
Frans Nielsen 2,750,000
Marty Reasoner 1,350,000 out Olli Jokinen in 4,500,000 difference 3.15 mil
Josh Bailey 1,050,000
Brad Boyes 1,000,000 out out Zach Parise in 7,538,462 difference of 6.6 mil
Matt Martin 1,000,000
Casey Cizikas 900,000
David Ullstrom 891,666
Colin Mcdonald 700,000
Keith Aucoin 650,000
Jesse Joensuu 600,000
Eric Boulton LW 540,000

Mark Streit 4,100,000
Matt Carkner 1,500,000 out Matthew Carle in 5,500,000 difference of 4 mil
Travis Hamonic 875,000
Radek Martinek 750,000 out Ryan Suter in 7,538,462 difference of 6.8 mil
Thomas Hickey 700,000
Brian Strait 605,000
Andrew MacDonald 550,000
Joe Finley 525,000

Rick DiPietro 4,500,000
Evgeni Nabokov 2,750,000

Alexei Yashin 2,204,000

Actual Payroll 40,201,500 with Parise,Suter,Jokininen and Carle roughly 60.7 mil
Cap Space 25,276,001 leaving with those 4 players roughly 4.7 mil still left.

New line combos (doing this quickly)
Tavares Moulson Parise
Jokinen Okposo Bailey
Nielsen Grabner Martin
Aucoin Ullstrom Cizikas

Carle Suter
Macdonald Hammonic
Streit Strait

These were btw the best available free agents (this past offseason) at their position who did not sign with their original teams.
With that new line up how much better do you think this team would be?
P.S. Someone can probably fix the line combos even better
A team spending close to the cap will obviously have an advantage over one that struggles to reach the floor. That is pretty obvious. But which ever you look at it, the problem still remains: NO BIG FREE AGENT WOULD SIGN WITH THE ISLANDERS!!

There is little point in dreaming of the Suter's or Parise's of this world or any other big name. Garth tried many times over and never succeeded and the way some people always say "sign him" or "trade for him" it seems as if they think they're at the supermarket picking and choosing what to get. It would be easy for Snow to empty the cupboard for immediate help but there's a reason he won't do that.

In a few years the Isles will be closer to the cap than we'd like to acknowledge because in a few years Moulson, Hamonic, Amac and others will be in for big paydays.

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