: Salary Cap:
The Oilers and the cap
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07-23-2013, 07:28 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waterloo Ontario
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I think that the cap raises next season to 70-72 million. Hemsky, Schultz, Smyth will be gone and replaced by cheaper players more suited to the role of 3rd/4th line winger and 3rd pairing Dman. We could easily sign RNH and Schultz to 6 mil contracts if it came down to it.
Just curious why you think this will happen.
Stan Bowman made some off the cuff comment about a $75M cap next year but it seems almost impossible to justify such a claim.
The cap at $64.3M is already inflated. Based on the last full season it should be at about $62.6M. The $CDN has also dropped since then by between 5-6 cents. Every 1 cent drop in the $CDN drags the cap down by about $200K. So assuming the $CDN stays where it is, to get to a cap of $70M you would need organic growth of about 16%.
If Hemsky stays the whole year I think there is a pretty decent chance that the Oilers go over the cap and take a penalty next year. If I had to guess I'd say about $2M might be fair.
I think they are fine going forward as far as their current roster is concerned. But they have certainly taken a fair bit of flexibility out of play.
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