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03-14-2013, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Kwayry View Post
Yes, I would definitely keep Eminger as #7D for 750K.
There are many ways Sather can massage the cap. I don't think Boyle will stay, that's a 1.5M replaced with Lindberg's 750K.
Do you need Pyatt if Fasth is ready? There is 600K capspace there.
But let's assume that we are right up against it, to save a mill or so in cap space, we have to trade Gaborik's 7.5 Mil? That makes no sense IMO.

An added benefit to trading Gaborik is more capspace. But he shouldn't be traded because of capspace.
You don't make decisions about next years roster based on players who have never played a minute of NHL hockey. Fasth and Lindberg could very well replace Boyle and Pyatt, but they could also spend the entire year in the AHL. Theoretical cap space is useless. By the time you figure out who can actually make the team next fall, how many offers for Gaborik have you passed on? Why generate cap space by downgrading or getting rid of players who are cheap and effective?

In the end, you're not trading Gaborik solely because of cap space. You're trading him because he doesn't fit, and he's the piece that will likely get you something useful in return while getting you closer to a manageable cap number. Trade him for Fisher, Ellis and a 1st and you get a proven 3rd line center and a promising RH PMD who can slot in as a #6 because he's doing it right now. Now you've filled a hole in the roster, bolstered a position of weakness on the 3rd line, and have recouped an asset that was lost in the Nash deal. All while gaining cap flexibility which allows you to experiment with the roster. You don't have to rid yourself of Pyatt to create space to see if Fasth can take his place.

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