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03-17-2013, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkovsKnee View Post
Having to sign 3 Ds as UFAs in 2014 is going to be tough and expensive. I'm not sure what Emelin and Diaz will get in free agency, but consider this: Matt Carle got $5,5m as a UFA. If Diaz continues to progress like he has, at minimum we're looking at a $4m+ defenseman.

Then there's Emelin, who's probably playing at a $3m-$3,5m range. I can't see Marky getting $5,75m again, so maybe he drops to a more reasonable $4m. Plus, we still have to pay Subban.

That's a lot of money and years wrapped up in D. It's likely that the cap is going to go up by a lot for the 2014-2015 season, but the Habs have a lot of young depth coming up, so keeping a lot of D on expensive long term contracts (which UFAs usually get) isn't really ideal for us.
I suspect Diaz will be the odd man out simply because Markov and Subban bring everything Diaz brings and more.

If Subban is going to be at 7m, Markov at 5m, Gorges & Emelin at 4m each, then a couple of ELC players at 1m each. That's 6 D at 22M, which in reality is not really an overpayment for a good D core. Besides I'd rather overpay a little to get a top end D-core then skimp on the D to overpay on forwards.

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