As I see it the Devils are in serious cap troubl. I also think the Kings need to beef up the second line.
Brian Gionta RW 27; Scott Gomez C 26; David Hale D 26 are all Devil Restricted free agents that we could give a qualifying offer. Are any worth the 1st rounders we give up? depends on the offer.
I am not a huge Gionta fan but I do like Gomez and his distribution skills. This is a young, proven point getter that hypothetically would do well with a scorer such as O'Sullivan. As like O'Sullivan he can play Center and RW and can skate. We would possibly loose 3 first rounders unless a deal can be made with Lou where he takes a cheaper Belanger or prospect off our hands.
At 26 he still fits into the rebuild but be competitive theory. Now I would only do this if we had his name on the dotted line for 5 years plus. Add Frolov to this line or a banger like Brown and they could reek havoc.
The problem is we get smurffish up front. Not a big deal. Kopitar and Boyle are on their way. Brown plays 7ft tall, Frolov has good size and Conroy if kept adds grit.
As for Hale, possibly another good addition but he would go cheaper and Lou would probably match.
Just some thoughts to stay competitive yet rebuild. Hell maybe Lou will give us a break on Gomez(draft pick wise if we take Mogilny with him, a lil speed on the wing never hurt and we have the room.)
10.5. Draft Choice Compensation for Restricted Free Agents
Any Club that is entitled to but does not exercise its Right
of First Refusal pursuant to Section 10.3 shall be entitled to
obtain Draft Choice Compensation from the New Club. The number
and quality of draft choices due to the Prior Club shall be based
on the average annual value of the Compensation contained in the
Principal Terms (as defined in Section 10.3(e) hereof) of the New
Club's Offer Sheet (determined by dividing such Compensation by
the lesser of the number of years of the Offer Sheet or five),
based on the following scale:
NOTE: Updated for 2002-03 Season
$667,433 OR BELOW
Over $667,433 - $917,720
Over $917,720 - $1,084,579
Over $1,084,579 - $1,334,867
Over $1,334,867 - $1,668,582
FIRST AND THIRD ROUND
Over $1,668,582 - $2,002,298
FIRST AND SECOND ROUND
Over $2,002,298 - $2,336,015
TWO FIRST ROUNDS
Over $2,336,015 - $2,836,589
TWO FIRST ROUNDS AND ONE SECOND ROUND
THREE FIRST ROUNDS
EACH ADDITIONAL $1,668,582
ADDITIONAL FIRST ROUND, UP TO MAXIMUM OF FIVE FIRST ROUND
"OFFER SHEETCOMPENSATION $660,000 or below - None Over $660,000 to $1milion - Third Round Over $1 milionto $2.0 milion - Second Round Over $2.0 milion to $3.0 milion - First Round and Third Round Over $3.0 milion to $4.0 milion - First Round, Second Round, and Third Round Over $4.0 milion to $5.0 milion - Two First Rounds, Second Round, and Third Round Over $5 milion - Four First Rounds
The dolar amounts set forth in the scale outlined above shall be increased on an annual basis at the same percentage rateof increase as Average League Salary, with the 2006/07 League Year being the first year such increase shall take effect.."
One other thing.. Why not wait until arbitration is finished? I would think that at least ONE of the Devils RFA's is going to ask for it. Not only does it open a 2nd buyout period, but some changes in the new CBA re: arbitration are:
1) No "match" clauses for team who walk away from the decision, and
2) The number of walk aways increased. In the old CBA is was no more than 3 in two years, and now it is based on the number of decision in one given season. Teams are allowed to walk from one decision if they are subject to 1 or 2 decisions, walk away from 2 if there are 3 or 4 decisions, walk away from 3 if there are 5 or 6 arbitration decisions, and "so on" <- actual CBA Language.
3) Players are eligible one year earlier.
(at least is what I have gathered from looking at Sec. 12 of the CBA)
I would guess that Gionta and Gomez would fall under the $2-3 to $3-4M pay range. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder is a lot to give up. Now a 1st and a 3rd might not be so bad for a proven top line player.
A 1st and a 3rd for Gionta wouldn't be bad at all, assuming that he signed for at least a 3-year deal. It's not likely to happen, though, since that's sort of "dirty politics." You can lose friends doing that. Of course, there's always the chance that it could be agreed on by both sides. Maybe LL would be happy to get a 1st and 3rd for a player that may be hard to sign; who knows. Either way, it's probably not going to happen.
I don't think so. Someone else would have to learn to play wing, he's too good to remove from that position. I'd put him out there with Frolov and O'Sullivan at his wings, but Frolov's headed out it seems.