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02-04-2013, 07:37 PM
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StringerBell
 
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Originally Posted by Beukeboom Fan View Post
I think you have to be careful though when analyzing this, and just using the Canucks as an example.

While the is an estimated $15m of cap space in those 4 guys, most of them play significant roles on the team, and they'll need to be replaced. If Malhotra is making $2.5m to be the 3rd line center, and he leaves as a UFA, is there an internal replacement available? Because if not, a cheaper replacement very likely means a significant step back for the team.

Another example would be Timonen. Flyers really need a replacement for him as the #1 dman, so they would need at least the $6m cap hit to replace him, or take a major hit to the blueline. I wouldn't show those cap $'s as available unless there is a cheaper internal replacement.
Malhotra is a 4th liner right now, and has been a healthy scratch already this season. He can be cheaply replaced from within by Volpatti. Discounting any returns from a Luongo/Ballard trade, our roster will be something like this next year:

Sedin-Sedin-Kassian
Booth-Kesler-Burrows
Higgins-Schroeder-Hansen
Volpatti-Lapierre-Weise
Pinnizotto

Hamhuis-Edler
Garrison-Bieksa
Connauton-Tanev
Alberts-Vandermeer

Schneider
Lack

Which gives us about $2mil in cap space after raises.

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