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07-07-2013, 11:46 AM
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For cap purposes, signed roster players include Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron in goal; Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman, Michael Del Zotto, John Moore and Johnson on defense; Brad Richards, Derick Brassard, Boyle and Dominic Moore at center; and Nash, Callahan, Kreider, Taylor Pyatt, Derek Dorsett and Miller on the wing.
Those players ó plus approximately $217,000 that will be the combined cap hit of Darroll Powe and Arron Asham if they start the season with AHL Hartford ó account for approximately $52 million, with only base salaries for entry level players counting toward the cap.

That leaves approximately $12 million to sign Ryan McDonagh, who will get between $4.5 million and $5 million if the number isnít driven up by an offer sheet; Derek Stepan, likely to command between $3.5 million and $4 million without an offer sheet; Hagelin, probably in the $2.5 million-to-$3 million neighborhood; and Justin Falk, in for close to his qualifying offer of $866,250.

Thereís your $12 million, or close enough to it. And thatís without a penny for Zuccarello, who probably is in the $1.3 million range ó the amount the Blueshirts committed to Pouliot.
Brooks's got it all wrong, Pouillot makes Pyatt expandable, not Zuke.
I have been railing about needing more size, but this is a no contest.
Pyatt's 1.3M caphit can be jettisoned.
Between Zuke and Pyatt, I choose Zuke everytime.

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