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05-16-2013, 12:25 AM
Johnny Caravella
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Originally Posted by Hey234 View Post
Every team is going to be really close to the cap. It is dropping dramatically. It is the reason why players like Luongo might have to be bought out.

The Ducks will spend what the need to this year as the cap is much closer to what the team normally pays in actual salary. They will fill the roster with young, cheap players and resign the good, young, and cheap players. When the cap goes up the year after, and it will, the Ducks will gain more room.

I am not arguing against dropping salary on this team because I think we should. However, this is just not the summer to be trading goalies. The value for top-end goalies is low due to the number available and there doesn't seem to be a large market for them in the first place. Furthermore, as Emerald Duck alluded to a number of posts ago, trading at the deadline will probably not maximize either goalies value either.

Goaltending is not an area you want to have issues with. Trading proven goaltenders in the hope that untested/barely tested goaltenders will carry the load is a gamble and is not necessary.
Hiller has proven he will not win us a Cup. If cutting him loose now gets us a return as well as a bit of cap relief it's worth doing. We're going nowhere with him, it isn't that big a risk to give the job to Viktor next year. If Andersen can't cut it as backup and we have to sign a 500K vet to back up, so be it.

Hiller's time here is done. Either we get something for him now or he walks for free next year.

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