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06-06-2013, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
If we dump Brad and Clowe, we'll have over $18 in free cap space after re-signing our RFAs and adding a couple of minor players (#7D, #13F).

Next year, we'll need to give an additional $2 to Cally, $2.5 to Girardi, $.5 to MDZ, $1 to Moore, and $1 to Lundqvist. That's $7.

On the other hand, Boyle, Pyatt and Biron ($4.55) will be replaced by cheap rookies costing around $2 between the three of them, saving us around $2.5. MCI will probably replace Stralman, saving a few hundred thousand. In all, we'll still have ~$15 left, and that's not counting that the cap will very likely be hire in 2014-15.

If there's someone good out there, we can definitely afford him.
I would rather let Callahan walk than pay him $6M/year, especially on a longer deal. It'll be Drury 2.0 except Callahan never was as good as Drury at his best. So even worse than Drury.

Maybe $5.5M for at most 2 years, no long cushy deal that will come back and bite us in the ass a lot sooner than expected. He will be 29 next summer, and I don't expect him putting up 30g in his 30's.

Stepan is however a player we perhaps should consider signing to a long deal. He is (June 18th) 23, and signing him for 8 years at ~5M may not be a bad idea. We have cap space now so a bridge deal may not do us a lot of good, give up some money now to get his future cap hit down. He'll be 30 when that expires.

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