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09-26-2013, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by mgftp View Post
If you don't think the Richards contract isn't a bad cap situation I guess we will just have to disagree. But it's just one example of many over-paid over-aged players at the end of their career getting top dollar long term deals, Drury, Gomez, and Redden to name a few others. I don't see how Sather being the worst Salary cap GM is even arguable with his track record, but I guess it's an opinion.
Those players were all mistakes in the long term, but of the 4 you mentioned, only 1 is still on the team, and his contract isn't preventing the Rangers from signing Stepan. Richards' contract may become a problem if we can't buy him out next year, but this year it isn't an issue.

But if you think Sather can afford 3.5 why don't we have anywhere near that in cap room right now and why isn't Stepan getting 3.5?
We have 24 players on the roster. When Stepan signs, we will have 25. Cally and Hags won't be ready to start the season, but we won't need to carry 23 players.

My Custom Lineup
Chris Kreider ($1.325m) / Derek Stepan ($3.500m) / Rick Nash ($7.800m)
Benoit Pouliot ($1.300m) / Derick Brassard ($3.200m) / Mats Zuccarello ($1.150m)
Brian Boyle ($1.700m) / Brad Richards ($6.667m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)
Taylor Pyatt ($1.550m) / Dominic Moore ($1.000m) / Arron Asham ($1.000m)
Carl Hagelin ($2.250m) / Ryan Callahan ($4.275m)
Ryan McDonagh ($4.700m) / Dan Girardi ($3.325m)
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Michael Del Zotto ($2.550m)
John Moore ($0.965m) / Anton Stralman ($1.700m)
Justin Falk ($0.975m) /
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m)
Martin Biron ($1.300m)
Buried: Darroll Powe ($0.142m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,856,667; BONUSES: $762,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $205,833

Hagelin may go on LTIR, which would give us more flexibility. When Cally and Hags are back, we can send down another forward, giving us more cap room. If a kid makes the team over a vet, we will save even more cap space.

We have plenty of ways to make it work. If we waive Powe, Asham and/or Pyatt, do any of them get picked up? Even if they don't, we can still save as much as 925k per player by sending them down, depending on the need to replace them.

So why haven't we signed Stepan to 3.5 if we can afford to do so? Because Sather doesn't feel he deserves that much? Because a few extra hundred thousand might help down the road? It seems Sather is willing to go as high as 3.2. Stepan needs to sign the contract and get into camp.

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