And if we invest that much money we will have much much less cash for Getz and Perry and Fowler next offseason.
True, if you sign/resign/trade for higher contracts, you will have less money left. But that's no different than saying if you sign a player, there is one less spot on the roster for another guy.
My brief estimation above leaves quite a bit of room between a soft-cap and the NHL cap. About 10 mil I believe. Which doesn't mean you are immediately going to jump to the cap, but it does give some wiggle room.
In fact, that was kind of the point of my post
Yes, players will be RFA/UFA this year or next year or the year after or whatever. There is always an 'impending doom' of eventually, someone is going to either ask for more money or walk. But that line of thinking is true no matter what you do..
If you have 20 players on your team, locked up for 10 years apiece at 2 million a year... and you have a successful team, someone can still point out that eventually, "your whole team will be UFA in the same YEAR!"... Its always doom and gloom and uncertainty
This team has a pretty nice looking salary schedule. Next season we will have to address a few important contracts, and the season after we will have to do it with a few different people, and the season after that... yeah, more people might be let go, signed, traded, or get raises or demotions...
But for next season, we have the core taken care of, and if Blake/Hagman/Koivu types stick around, we have the makings of a second line. The 3rd/4th line are going to be filler and youngsters, that's pretty much guaranteed going into next year.
So we're filling maybe 1 or 2 defensive slots, and 3-4 forward slots with a lot of cap space.
I wouldn't grab a 7mil/year guy, locked up for 5 years... but we can actually splurge a bit and still stay well under the cap AND have room to toss next year's FA's a mil or two raise here and there.
Next season's lineup is very hard to predict. We may or may not make to playoffs, this should affect what we do at deadline. I don't believe that Murray does anything big. Also there a ton of prospects who are trying to get into lineup (Etem, DSP, Schultz, McMillan, Holland, Palmieri...). Some have one-way contracts next season which make things interesting (Deslauriers, Sexton, Gordon). Will Teemu retire? Which FAs are signed? Will Murray trade few away? So many questions. They should have some money to do few signings and still have money for Getzlaf, Perry and Fowler especially if they take discounts to play here.