Thread: Speculation: Lundqvist to be best paid player?
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08-15-2013, 10:49 AM
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7.5, 8 or 8.5, it won't matter that much. 7 or 8 years, it won't matter that much. Yeah, every little bit counts, but we have a number of good young prospects knocking on the door. Why do we even need to bring in a guy like Vanek? If we still have a glaring need for a LW next year, we don't have to fill it with Vanek. We don't always need to go out and get the "best", most expensive player to fill a hole.

There will be cheaper options available, either in free agency or through trade.

Here's my projection for 2014:

CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
FORWARDS
Chris Kreider ($1.850m) / Derek Stepan ($3.000m) / Rick Nash ($7.800m)
Carl Hagelin ($2.250m) / Derick Brassard ($4.500m) / Ryan Callahan ($5.500m)
Danny Kristo ($1.300m) / J.T. Miller ($1.244m) / Jesper Fasth ($0.900m)
Oscar Lindberg ($0.760m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)
DEFENSEMEN
Ryan McDonagh ($4.700m) / Dan Girardi ($5.500m)
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Michael Del Zotto ($4.500m)
John Moore ($1.500m) / Dylan McIlrath ($1.295m)
GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($8.000m)
Martin Biron ($1.300m)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,507,500; BONUSES: $2,337,500
CAP SPACE (19-man roster): $10,830,000

Yes, this includes 5 guys that will be either 1st or 2nd year players. But these are all players that are ready now or should be ready by 2014. We have a little over 10 mil left to sign 3 more players. Maybe we bring Boyle back. Maybe we go with Talbot or a cheaper UFA over Biron. Maybe we trade Staal, move MDZ back to the left side, and re-sign Stralman. If we are unable to buy out Richards, we can still make it work.

We have lots of flexibility next year and we have a lot of young players who can fill spots. We'll be fine.

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