- Our key players (Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta) are locked for 5 years!
- Now, with Plekanec and Price free agents, they should have long term contract...lets say 4.5M/yr for 5 years for Plekanec and 4M/yr for 4 years for Price.
- Then, our best player, Markov, will be UFA, in two years...how much would he get, 6M? 7M?...let say 6.5M/yr for 4 years.
- If we make the total of these players : 33.357M for 6 players.
- ~25M for 16 players...thats pretty impossible.

Can the Habs keep everybody? What would guys do? Who would you keep? Who would you get rid of?

- Our key players (Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta) are locked for 5 years!
- Now, with Plekanec and Price free agents, they should have long term contract...lets say 4.5M/yr for 5 years for Plekanec and 4M/yr for 4 years for Price.
- Then, our best player, Markov, will be UFA, in two years...how much would he get, 6M? 7M?...let say 6.5M/yr for 4 years.
- If we make the total of these players : 33.357M for 6 players.
- ~25M for 16 players...thats pretty impossible.

Can the Habs keep everybody? What would guys do? Who would you keep?

First off, you don't know where will the cap be set as of next year and the following ones.
Second, you don't know how much our players will cost. Don't see Price getting 4M.
Third, we have players that will either be traded or let go.

You always have room for great players unless you have too many already. That's not our case.

- Our key players (Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta) are locked for 5 years!
- Now, with Plekanec and Price free agents, they should have long term contract...lets say 4.5M/yr for 5 years for Plekanec and 4M/yr for 4 years for Price.
- Then, our best player, Markov, will be UFA, in two years...how much would he get, 6M? 7M?...let say 6.5M/yr for 4 years.
- If we make the total of these players : 33.357M for 6 players.
- ~25M for 16 players...thats pretty impossible.

Can the Habs keep everybody? What would guys do? Who would you keep? Who would you get rid of?

Trade Gill at the deadline this year, replace with 850k player next year. Leach can be the 7th this year, and we'll see for 2010-11. Saving $1.400M

Mara no raise or find another guy for same cost. Saving $125k

White and Pyatt will get what D'Agostini got this year + one-way= $500k each. Savings $700k

Trade Laraque at deadline, unless he retires. Keep Stewart at $500k to replace him. Savings $1.000M

Replace Metropolit with Sergei at $500k one-way. Loss $500k, necessary to get to 23 players on Cap.

Correct Pacioretty cap figure, loss $35K.

New total $56.810M virtually same as now.

However, I expect Cap to go up slightly, maybe to $60M.

- Our key players (Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta) are locked for 5 years!
- Now, with Plekanec and Price free agents, they should have long term contract...lets say 4.5M/yr for 5 years for Plekanec and 4M/yr for 4 years for Price.
- Then, our best player, Markov, will be UFA, in two years...how much would he get, 6M? 7M?...let say 6.5M/yr for 4 years.
- If we make the total of these players : 33.357M for 6 players.
- ~25M for 16 players...thats pretty impossible.

Can the Habs keep everybody? What would guys do? Who would you keep? Who would you get rid of?

- Our key players (Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta) are locked for 5 years!
- Now, with Plekanec and Price free agents, they should have long term contract...lets say 4.5M/yr for 5 years for Plekanec and 4M/yr for 4 years for Price.
- Then, our best player, Markov, will be UFA, in two years...how much would he get, 6M? 7M?...let say 6.5M/yr for 4 years.
- If we make the total of these players : 33.357M for 6 players.
- ~25M for 16 players...thats pretty impossible.

Can the Habs keep everybody? What would guys do? Who would you keep? Who would you get rid of?

I know!
He is on pace to get 41 points this season.
That is slightly under 180 000$ a point!!!

Plekanec isn't going to be signed under 4M$ a year. It's probably going to cost between 4-5M a season for 3-4 years for him.
And that's where Gomez's contract hurts a lot.
As from Price, he already had a pretty generous rookie contract (MAX IIRC). So I'd assume it'll be a bit like A.K. Around 3M$ for 2-3 years. He's a RFA so his bargaining power is limited unlike Plekanec.

I assume Lats is going to be let go (unless he magically becomes good again), freeing maybe 250K.
Not resigning Metropolit would be a mistake at that price. I'd rather sacrifice Mara or Gill and Dags. At 1M, he's an awesome utility player. I could even see Lapierre go this summer if it wasn't for the fact he's a center.
Btw, Laraque is definitely getting bought out this summer. His injury troubles + his salary are a real pain.
Maybe Spacek will be on the block to free some cap. Harmlik's salary is high but his intangibles are far too high to trade him.

Hopefully some inexpensive entry level contract guys can balance out larger salaries like Gomez. Speaking of Gomez, I love how L'Antichambre and L'Attaque a 5 always round up 7.3m to 8m, it's simple math, I've never heard of rounding up like that. Be honest, 7m is bad enough you don't have to lie and manipulate the numbers to make them look bad.

Maybe AKost won't be here by the end of the year, that'll free up money.

So we'd have a 1 1/3 line team stuck in cap hell

In fact, a 1 1/3 line team with only one PPG player. You can't have just 4 top6 forwards unless one or two of them are superstars.

I think a realistic option, especially if the team is out of the playoffs at the deadline would be to trade away one of Spacek, Gill or even Hamrlik to a contender. With Markov in our weakness is definetely at forward, especially since we have rookie defensemen who are going to need roster spots next year but have no clear top6 forwards ready for NHL duty.

I also wish we had signed Gill 1 year and Mara 2 years.

Yes, we can afford to keep our players. There are enough contracts to be shed... Laraque, Metropolit, Gill, Spacek, Mara...

And enough young guys looking for a chance to prove they belong... White, Pyatt, Maxwell, Desharnais, D'Agostini, Stewart, Subban, Carle, Weber...

Sure we may lose some older guys we like such as Mara and Metro, but turnover is inevitable.

Pretty much agreed with the players you singled out. Gill, Spacek, Mara, while warriors, can easily be lost.

And I will add Gomez to this, whether we can get rid of him via trade or off waivers. Patrick "i'm not french!" Marleau is UFA next summer and he could be a solid option to have as center.