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07-05-2013, 01:19 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
IIRC, we have to be under the cap when the season starts. That means including Pronger's hit, we have to be in the green. Then once the season starts, Pronger goes on LTIR and we start to collect LTIR credits that will give us space when we need it.
So yes, we need to move salary. We could keep Meszaros easily, but if our only move is resigning Gustafsson for a max $1mil caphit, we still have to move $2mil in order to get under. Pronger and Bourdon are currently eating up $5.55mil in space that will go on LTIR and would then give us $5.55mil in burn a hole in Homer's pocket all year. Gives us trade deadline space, which is nice.
We have 8 healthy 'NHL' defenders where only 2 of them make less than $3.5mil. Something's gotta give, eventually, cap space issues or not.
EDIT: As said, Laughton is either OHL bound or will make the team. I wouldn't mind if he was able to participate in the World Juniors, coming from a hopeful Canadian. Would give Laughton some spotlight and a little more hype, I guess. We can then always bring Laughton up come playoff time and/or on emergency recall...
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