Thread: Speculation: Lundqvist to be best paid player?
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08-15-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
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:

My Custom Lineup
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)
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)
Henrik Lundqvist ($8.000m)
Martin Biron ($1.300m)
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.
Unless we see drastic offensive growth from Kreider, Hagelin, Miller we are going to be worse off offensively in 2014 than we have been in the last few years.

I'm not sure that we should be relying on those guys along with Kristo and Fast to provide secondary scoring at the NHL Level that we were not gettign from more established NHL players that were playing their position.

there's alot of reaching going on there.

Maybe Vanek isn't the guy, maybe you split that cap hit on Setoguchi and Downie. Or, if he makes it to UFA, you go after a younger guy like Kessel and shift Nash to LW

Until the younger guys show that theya re ready and capable of taking over a scoring role, I'm not sure we should pencil them in to those roles.

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