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02-26-2013, 07:52 AM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
We'll need to clear either Cole or Gionta or both if we are to make room for a Clowe/Perry/Getzlaf/Semin type acquisition.

Both for the cash required, and for the roster spot.
It's pretty close, though. $7.5M in cap space on the "default" lineup. But even if we could trade Kaberle this season and not have to use a compliance buyout on him, and even if Cole or Gionta continues to struggle to the point where they are buyout candidates... we still can't really gamble on buying one out in June, not knowing if we'd really get one of the big UFAs to replace them in July.

It could be more like Desharnais on the hot seat in the real timeline that takes place. I put him down for $3M. But he presumably won't yet be signed on July 1st. You can chase after Perry or whoever with a $10M+ budget on July 1st. Odds are you don't get him. So you just sign Desharnais and it's mostly a status quo lineup. But in the off chance you do land a big time UFA like Perry, you can then turn around and really play hardball with Desharnais. MB already showed his mettle with PK. So offer Desharnais $2M or whatever. Or shave a little savings off the Bouillon D spot. Etc.

The $7.5M default cap space is enough to chase after a big UFA, but landing one would probably come at the expense of somebody other than Cole or Gionta, just on the realistic timeline.

My Custom Lineup
Max Pacioretty ($4.500m) / David Desharnais ($3.000m) / Erik Cole ($4.500m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Alex Galchenyuk ($3.225m) / Lars Eller ($1.325m) / Brendan Gallagher ($0.870m)
Travis Moen ($1.850m) / Ryan White ($0.722m) / Brandon Prust ($2.500m)
Gabriel Dumont ($0.578m) /
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / P.K. Subban ($2.875m)
Josh Gorges ($3.900m) / Raphael Diaz ($1.225m)
Francis Bouillon ($1.500m) / Alexei Emelin ($2.000m)
Yannick Weber ($0.945m) /
Carey Price ($6.500m)
Dustin Tokarski ($0.660m)
Buyout: Tomas Kaberle ($0.000m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $59,272,708; BONUSES: $2,485,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $7,512,292

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