Before we even talk about next year's salary cap let's see if we can avoid another lock-out first.
I'm not sure where this bizarro fantasy that there is certain to be a lockout has been coming from. I guess it must be fallout from the NFL and NBA labor problems. However, in order for there to be a lockout, the owners must have some incentive to lock the players out. With hockey, that's simply not the case. Sure, the owners would always like a better revenue split, but when it comes down to it, revenues are at all time highs, the league just got a brand new lucrative TV deal, most teams are profitable, league attendance is up. Every viable metric is positive.
Will the owners try get a better revenue split? Sure they will. Will the players try fight against it? Absolutely. Ultimately, the players will give in around 2% on the revenue split, and the league will eliminate Shanahan, bringing in a third party arbiter. Then both sides will go on their merry way and the season will continue on unaffected.
Regardless of that, salary cap discussions are incredibly simple because they're calculated as a proportion of HRR. Since HRR is a projectable number, the existence of labor negotiations is largely irrelevant to any cap discussions.
i know Semin can look lazy and uninspired at times, but heck he got moves.
i'm sure a me first lazy unmotivated player is perfect for yeo's system and will work so well with the coach. heater has played both ends of the ice and has worked his ass over every night, also semin would have zero interest in signing here. i just don't see him working out for this team, not to mention he will want some big money and he isn't worth it.
also he might end up in NJD on another 40 year contract with low cap hit, then he and kovi can be two diva's
What about having Semin as a plan B if Parise deal fails?
I hope we do not go after Semin even as a plan Z. Sure Semin is a very good goalscorer on the capitals and is a very good skater but thats the only good part. If he stays in the NHL I recon he is going to get a lot of money since some KHL team will give him pretty much whatever he wants.
A lazy player that can not defend and misses around 10-20 games per season (over the last 6 seasons) and who I feel won't be a good fit on this team for lets say 6-7m? No tnx I rather give one of our youngsters a chance.
You are right, and he is still only 19 years old. But gaining him?
Are you still dreaming? Islanders are rebuilding. Noway they would trade a prospect for a veteran. We would lose a prospect and it would probably be a package like Coyle for Nino+2nd+4th. And I'm happier with Coyle in fact.
We have no real need for Nino at this point so why get him?