Thread: Salary Cap: Habs to reach Cap Heaven?
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02-27-2013, 12:22 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
As you pointed out in the thread, if we can get an upgrade at C or Perry on wing, the loss of DD is pretty irrelevant. That being said, saying "If DD asks for 2 mil, he can walk" is a little bit much. It's not a matter of Getzlaf vs DD at that point. It's just a matter of letting a guy walk at 2 mil, that doesn't make sense to me as he'd prob command 2.5 right now easily.
If (more likely "when") the Getzlaf dream dies, I have no problem at all with $2.5M for Desharnais. Or even $3M, really. He's a good player, even if his size is not optimal. I'm not sure I'd even exercise walk away at the $3.5M. By the time arbitration cases are handled, we'll be deep into the summer anyway, and already know what our options and payroll are, so whatever the situation, the decision ought to be a no-brainer when it comes around. Either we still have roster and cap room for Desharnais. Or we don't. Most likely we will IMHO. But since he's the only notable RFA, and not necessarily core to our long-term plans, it just makes sense to wait and see how everything is shaping up before dealing with his case, since we can wait.

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