Thread: Salary Cap: Habs to reach Cap Heaven?
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02-27-2013, 10:47 AM
Blind Gardien
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Imagine if Bergevin could really pull this off...

My Custom Lineup
Max Pacioretty ($4.500m) / Ryan Getzlaf ($7.500m) / Corey Perry ($7.500m)
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) / Alexei Emelin ($2.000m)
Josh Gorges ($3.900m) / P.K. Subban ($2.875m)
Francis Bouillon ($1.200m) / Raphael Diaz ($1.225m)
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: $66,472,708; BONUSES: $2,485,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $312,292

I don't think you can undercut Perry/Getzlaf on salary, so I put them at the full $7.5M. The new CBA rules on mega-long deals and front-loads and all that mean there isn't going to be much room to reduce their cap hits.

And logistically, the only guys who won't be signed as you approach July 1st are the guys who are already free agents. Desharnais and Ryder... who become your backup plans, basically. I like Desharnais. But if you've got Getzlaf/Perry signed, you don't worry about underselling the RFA Desharnais in a trade at that point. By the same token, if you get there on July 1st and Getzlaf/Perry are going somewhere else, you can just go the default route and still re-sign Desharnais, maybe also get an offer in to Ryder in time.

It's a pretty narrow margin on the cap space, however, and leans on the bonus cushion. I'm not sure that Bergevin would really do that. But at least, as a theoretical exercise, it *could* be done.

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