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04-13-2013, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
Dan Girardi will command between $4M-$4.5M per as a group III. Tim Gleason has a $4M cap hit.. Zbynek Michalek has a $4M cap hit. Dan Hamhuis has a $4.5M cap hit. Group III contracts.

Henrik Lundqvist. $7M.

Ryan Callahan is a tough one. David Backes has a $4.5M cap hit. Group III contract. Lou gave Zajac $5.75M per for 8 years. Group III contract. Toronto gave Grabovski $5.5M per. Group III. Bozak wants the same contract. Nonis knows Burke made a mistake with Grabovski and doesn't want to repeat the same mistake.

Can the Rangers afford to pay McDonagh(arbitration),Girardi(group III) and DZ(arbitration) $4M-$4.5M per each? Add $5M plus for Callahan(group III). Those 4 players cost $11.45M combined right now. McD has $425,000 in performance bonuses which is included in the $11.45M. It could cost up to $19M to keep all 4 players. That's not happening. At minimum $17M. Not happening.
This is what I'm thinking. To keep the core all together, it'll cost too much cap wise; you'd have the core group, then a bunch of minor league players on minimum contracts. You would have no depth; or at least no quality depth. This would be very bad cap management.

You'd like to get a Cup while Lundqvist is still in his prime years where he's playing at a top level. You'll need cap room to fit in those one or two last pieces you need to get you over the top, and if you have a surplus, or can't sign certain players long term, then you trade them to help address a need that gets you that Stanley Cup. Or trade them to get assets for the longer term to keep a contending team after Lundqvist has past his prime years.

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