Boston Bruins salary cap figures - CAP TALK HERE !
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07-06-2007, 12:48 PM
Bruin fan since 1975
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Edmonton Canada
according to the source over at NHLSCAP it seems we exceeded our limit last year. This was due to the way bonuses are paid out. We were allowed to go over last year, but that does come off this years limit.
there are other issues that count for cap too. things like private jets have to be counted according to Doug McLean an actual GM's comment on the TSN fa special.
we as fans, take things far too much for granted when we think we understand the cap.
teams dont only spend money on 20 contracts as the season plays out. we actually spend money on 23, 24, 25 or more contracts on many nights do to the natural progress of human lives.
if we push right to the cap we are going to be screwed like Vancouver was a couple seasons ago where they kept sending a few players back and forth to the minor leagues every other night on off days cause that every 2000 or so saved was all that was saving their bacon from having to jettison a real player they wanted to keep.
if we commit right to the cap this season, and next year the cap doesnt go up then we are going to start to end up really screwed when we want to promote a kid like Tukko Rask or Zach Hamil up and just cant fit him in under our room.
Ward/Murray/Axelsson repersent around 9 million dollars in possible cap relief we might expect to get over the next year or so... they also repersent 2/3rds of our top line and one half of our top defensive pairing.
look around and tell me how we bring in ANYTHING that CAN PLAY AT ALL for this money or less in the same roles???
where is the other cap relief coming from as we look at the next couple years?
I see a poster here want to dump Mowers to save caproom. Who the heck in the NHL makes less money than Mowers? I could see an argument that would favor dumping Mowers in order to get someone who is a BETTER PLAYER here, but better players MAKE MORE MONEY.
if we crap our cap situation anymore than it already is expect our third and fourth lines to be made up of NOTHING BUT MARK MOWER types within a couple years.
We've spent 25 million dollars now on Chara/Savard/Fernandez/Bergeron/Sturm and for this year and next we are committed to these guys. After that it is possibly Rask and his 3.5 mill per season deal joining this group. Whatever...
this is the core... this is our group of superstars... this is the 5 men we are paying half of our total room too.
We arent in the market for more 5 million per season guys now. We need compliments that will help our kids develop and we need flexible cap room in a season or two when kids like Kessel and Kobasew and Stuart come up for their next contracts and some moron team like the Oilers take a run at us if we dont have the proper room to keep the kids that are actually worth keeping at that time
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