The NHL should have 2 or 3 designated players like the MLS that don't count against the cap. That way while low budget teams can afford to keep their homegrown kids, big budget teams can afford to keep the big name players in the NHL.
AA: 4-5 yrs at $2.5-3million cap hit
Cally: 4-5 yrs at $3.25-3.75million cap hit
Dubi: 3-4 yrs at $3.5-4million cap hit
BB (Boyle): 2yrs at $1-1.25million cap hit
Gilroy, Frolov, Fedotenko, Eminger: Don't know if we should resign.
White: Should not resign
Sauer, Williams, Kennedy, Didiomete: 1-2 yrs at under $1mil
The price keeps going up. I loved the way Tortarella matched AA, Duby and Cally against Toews, Kane and Brower all night. If this line scores 80 goals this year and takes the opposing teams top line every night, it will be costly but worth every cent.
This breakout season from Brandon Dubinsky is going to break the bank next summer. The same for his running buddy, Ryan Callahan, too, but the Rangers will take July cap pain for 2010-11 gain.
Dubinsky is in the final year of a two-year deal under which he's earning $1.85 million per. Callahan is in the final year of a two-year deal under which he's earning $2.3 million per. If the Gold Dust twins keep it up the rest of the way, the Rangers have to figure that the combined cap hit on the impending Group II free agents will go from $4.15 million to at least twice that amount on long-term contracts.
That's a primary reason why general manager Glen Sather has to be so careful acquiring players with contracts that go into next year. The 2011 summer cap that will include Wade Redden's $6.5 million charge will loom large in every personnel decision the rest of the way.
We won't know until the end of season production what they might fetch. As long as Sather is sure that he wants to keep them all, I wont agonize about it and just try to enjoy the season as it plays out.