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01-29-2013, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by SlyGuy View Post
Next year the Penguins don't have any players that are in line for major raises, and the players that are UFA or RFA can probably be re-signed for similar to what they're being paid now (capgeek).

Pascal Dupuis ($1.500m) / Sidney Crosby ($8.700m) / Chris Kunitz ($3.725m)
James Neal ($5.000m) / Evgeni Malkin ($8.700m) / Beau Bennett ($0.900m)
Matt Cooke ($1.800m) / Brandon Sutter ($2.067m) / Tyler Kennedy ($2.000m)
Tanner Glass ($1.100m) / Joe Vitale ($0.550m) / Eric Tangradi ($0.762m)
Dustin Jeffrey ($0.688m) / Craig Adams ($0.675m) /
Paul Martin ($5.000m) / Brooks Orpik ($3.750m)
Kris Letang ($3.500m) / Matt Niskanen ($2.300m)
Simon Despres ($0.840m) / Deryk Engelland ($0.567m)
Ben Lovejoy ($0.525m) /
Marc-Andre Fleury ($5.000m)
Tomas Vokoun ($2.000m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,648,133; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $2,651,867

But the following year you have a lot of players that will be up for a raise. I've given a conservative estimate of what those raises might be:

So you've got about $2.6M to give raises to Letang ($2.5M), Sutter ($1.0M), Malkin ($0.3M), Niskanen ($0.2M), Despres ($0.2M), Engelland ($0.1M). That's $4.3M right there.

Could get pretty dicey especially if my estimates are low. If Malkin wants $9.5M, Letang wants $7.0M and Niskanen becomes a $3.0M defenceman it really throws things off.

Not all that concerned. The cap will be closer to $70MM by then, Bennett's ELC will be on the roster by then, and I expect more than 1 of the Dmen on ELC's to be up by then. If Despres sticks around, his ELC will be up, but he wouldn't be breaking the bank on his 2nd contract.

Conservatively, let's say Crosby, Bennett, Martin, Despres, Morrow, and Fleury are your starting point, you have ~$40MM to sign 16 guys. It'll be tight, but doable, especially since the cap is expected to continue to rise every year and they don't have to worry about another drop for another 8.

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