St. Louis could also get $6M but I wouldn't be shocked to see him accept less. He wants to stay here.
Boyle deserves around $3M.
Lecavalier is the lynchpin. This whole thing unravels if he asks for a one year and wants to go play in Montreal after this year. And it's a possibility... one we have to hope Brad Richards can convince him isn't in his best interests. What doesn't help matters is Lecavalier's agent plays hardball big time.
And then you've got to re-sign Richards to a long term deal next season.
Those are the 5 guys we need to concentrate most on. I think it's nice Jay is including Fedotenko on his list of must re-signs, but frankly he isn't a core guy. I don't care if we have to flush Ruslan and Lukowich and Roy this year and Modin and Sydor next year to make the numbers work... but we need to try to keep those 5 guys in Lightning jerseys at all costs.
We finally reap the benefits of losing all those years and then this happens.
This would have happened irregardless of the cap. PS&E doesn't have the revenue streams to support a +$50 million payroll or an owner who is so enamored with the sport that he considers it an expensive hobby.
Doesn't have it, or simply chooses not to spend it on the Bolts?
They know you have to spend money to make money and '03-'04 season finally paid off for PS&E. I look at it this way, the Lightning already had $40M committed for salaries for the 04-05 season and still needed to sign Marty which would have been about $4M so they have the money to spend. They didn't know for sure that the season would be cancelled or that the salaries for that season would be considered tolled so they were committed to pay those monies. They have the money.
Thanks, that was my point. This was the first time I'd ever heard it opined that PS&E didn't have the financial resources to handle a larger payroll, and I had always been under the impression that PS&E was extremely successful financially.
Last edited by Boltsfan2029: 07-24-2005 at 01:36 PM.
I'm assuming the poster meant to imply that the Tampa Bay Lightning portion of the PS&E operation didn't bring in enough revenue to support a $50M payroll. Which is true, regardless of however much money PS&E hauls in on its other holdings.