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Another offseason analysis: More indepth, Financials included but it's long

I looked on this site at free agents to be, checked TSN.ca for 2006-07 salaries as well as NHLPA to get 2005-06 salaries. I tried to use this to put together a team for next season. Please note that I have included the free agents I would like the Habs to sign, but in reality, I am skeptical that they will be able to get any of them. So, is this realistic? Maybe not, but a shot no less. Also, I am assuming not only a Salary Cap of $40 Million, but that the Habs in fact will be able to spend up to the Cap.

(1) According to TSN.ca, the following 10 players are already signed for next season, with the 06-07 salary listed:
Saku Koivu $4,750,000
Alexei Kovalev $4,500,000
Craig Rivet $2,565,000
Radek Bonk $2,394,000
Sheldon Souray $2,242,000
Richard Zednik $1,900,000
Andrei Markov $1,750,000
Mathieu Dandenault $1,725,000
Steve Begin $627,000
Tomas Plekanec $450,000
TOTAL $22,903,000

(2) Here are the remaining players on the NHLPA.com site, with their 05-06 salary, meaning that they would count, I guess, in the 06-07 cap:
David Aebischer $1,900,000.00
Francis Bouillon $600,000.00
Jean-Philippe Cote $488,000.00
Yann Danis $874,000.00
Aaron Downey $450,000.00
Jonathan Ferland $476,600.00
Christopher Higgins $900,600.00
Cristobal Huet $456,000.00
Andrei Kastsitsyn $942,400.00
Michael Komisarek $901,740.00
Maxim Lapierre $625,000.00
Garth Murray $501,600.00
Alexander Perezhogin $710,600.00
Mike Ribeiro $1,178,000.00
Michael Ryder $1,000,000.00
Mark Streit $550,000.00
Niklas Sundstrom $988,000
Todd Simpson $600,000
Jan Bulis $1,026,000

(3) Who is not returning
Jan Bulis - While I like Jan Bulis, he seems to have made it clear that his days as a Hab are over
Todd Simpson - Serviceable but no space
Niklas Sundstrom - Another player that I do like, but Garth Murray is a cheaper, faster alternative

(4) Who to keep, at what price? I will try to project 2006-07 salaries but it ain't easy. I think all these players are RFA's
David Aebischer $2,090,000.00 (10% increase)
Francis Bouillon $750000 (25% increase)
Jean-Philippe Cote $488,000.00
Yann Danis $874,000.00
Christopher Higgins $1,125,750.00 (25% increase)
Cristobal Huet $2,500,000 (I think this is what he is going to command on the market)
Andrei Kostistsyn $942,400.00
Michael Komisarek $1,127,175.00 (25% increase)
Maxim Lapierre $625,000.00
Garth Murray $601,920.00 (20% increase)
Alexander Perezhogin $888,250.00 (25% increase)
Michael Ryder $1,250,000.00 (25% increase)
Total: $13,262,495.00

TEAM: $36,165,495.00

At this point, the squad looks like

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Kost-XXXX-Kovalev
Zednik-Plekanec-Perezhogin
Begin-Bonk-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-River
Bouillion-Dandenault

Huet
Abs

(5) Who is out, in addition to those in point 3 above (with 05/06 salary)?
Mark Streit $550,000.00 - With the moves outlined in (6) below, no place for him
Jonathan Ferland $476,600.00 - I have never seen enough out of him to make me believe he can be a regular in the NHL
Mike Ribeiro $1,178,000.00
Aaron Downey $450,000.00

(6) Moves
Priority 1: Target a d-man - I think that the Habs need to get better at the blueline. While I would like the Habs to target Redden and Chara, it is clear that financially, the Habs can't afford them. So, I would target the following d-men (ages at the beginning of the season):

Jay McKee: 29, earned $1.6 million in 05/06
Pavel Kubina: 29, earned $2.6 million in 05/06
Filip Kuba: 29, earned $1.7 million in 05/06
Willie Mitchell: 29, earned $1.3 million in 05/06

In reality, I don't know if any of the free agents will leave their respective teams. As for the D, I think Kubina is going to be highly paid and I don't believe McKee will leave Buffalo. I think since Minnesota is notoriously tight with cash, there is a chance Kuba will leave, but I think there will be demand for his services and will cost $2.5 million/per year. Still, I like him as a target

Priority 2: A centreman - I give Ribs all the credit for his effort in the last month of the season and playoffs but it is just clear that his lack of foot speed, combined with his lack of size and poor defensive play is not cutting it.

Targets include:

Matt Cullen: 29, earned $670,000 in 05/06
Jeff Halpern: 30, earned $1.2 million in 05/06
Fernando Pisani: 29, earned $611,000 in 05/06

Matt Cullen is the guy I would target. We all saw him play, wonderful speed, wicked shot. He is in line for a big raise and I am skeptical he would leave Carolina, but he is the target to go after and I figure he will cost $1.5 million annually.

This makes the Habs line-up as:
Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Kost-Cullen-Kovalev
Zednik-Plekanec-Perezhogin
Begin-Bonk-Murray
Lapierre

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-River
Kuba-Dandenault
Bouillion
Cote

Huet
Abs

Total Salary: $40,165,495.00

Not much wiggle room, and potentially slightly over the cap but to me, a much stronger team. Would also like some insurance for Kost as the second line winger. Is it realistic? Probably not but this is sorta the vision I have for the offseason. In addition, if additional cap space does need to be saved, Abs would be the one to go.

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05-17-2006, 10:56 AM
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solid lineup, much more realistic than the redden + arnott threads, I wonder

about picking up cullen though, even after his big year with carolina, he stiil

looks more like a third line center too me, although it is hard to find too many

alternative options in this UFA group.

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Very good analysis, I agree with everything.

Unfortunately, I do not think the Habs will sign a guy like Cullen, because he is small and they want a big center. They will probably sign someone with a comparable salary, probably less skilled but bigger.

Still, a lot more realisitc than the Arnott+Chara pipedreams that are being thrown around.

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WEEB - Cullen is 6'1", 200 lbs. He doesn't shy away from physical play, so I don't think it is an issue. The biggest issue is will Carolina let him go.

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Cap may go up to 45-46M$ next season. If the NHLPA get the reduction, it will be reduced to 42-43M$ (players dont like escrow lol)

So you are fine.

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WEEB - Cullen is 6'1", 200 lbs. He doesn't shy away from physical play, so I don't think it is an issue. The biggest issue is will Carolina let him go.
This is the Habs. The team that beleived that getting big was drafting Matt Higgins and trading for Murray Baron. They will want a 6'3-6'4 guy with a lot less talent than Cullen. But I do agree that Carolina probably will try to sign him, but loyalty is overrated.

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Great breakdown. Hopefully fans will start to realize just how tight our cap situation really might be. And I'll just plug my own cap-pet-peeve on top of this: Rivet, Souray, and Markov are UFAs next year, so this $40M lineup is going to have to have wiggle room for next summer too, even accounting for Bonk and Zednik walking away.

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Nice analogy. You did a good job of staying out of the usual suspect when it comes to UFA and that makes for a better thread in itself.

One minor point though.

You don't re-sign Bouillon if you are planning on signing a UFA. Especially not to a raise.

If BG re-signs Bouillon , unless there is a trade, I think it will mean the same defensive corps as last year.


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Pull out Matt Cullen. I think they will try to sign Langenbrunner before Cullen.

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Nice analogy. You did a good job of staying out of the usual suspect wehen it comers ti UFA and that makes for a better thread in itself.

One minor point though.

You don't re-sign Bouillon if you are planning on signing a UFA. Especially not to a raise.

If BG re-signs Bouillon , unless there is a trade, I think it will mean the same defensive corps as last year.
sXe - thanks.

As for Bouillion, he will earn a raise this off-season as a UFA. And I like him as a #6/7 guy, so that is why I included him. But, there is a good chance he may walk in this kind of scenario. Then, the Habs would need to keep Streit.

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Pull out Matt Cullen. I think they will try to sign Langenbrunner before Cullen.
I don't think anybody could hope to make much of a prediction about what Gainey will actually do. But. Carolina doesn't look like they'll have a really tough time attracting players back, and I think that even with their deadline moves, they'll have cap room on their side. Recchi might be under the table back to Pittsburgh, Weight probably isn't crucial to retain. Granted they have A LOT of FAs, including Staal, Cole, and Williams as RFAs to resign. So it might start adding up. But I get a hunch that some of the core like Cullen will be hard to lure away from Carolina. At least, at "standard" $1.5M offers. You might need to drop their jaws with something insane to get them out.

Contrast that with Langenbrunner... the Devils look like a team that is going to have to be more creative in getting under the cap. Elias is a UFA, Gomez and Gionta are RFAs looking for significant raises... something has to give there, and Langenbrunner is probably an afterthought already, despite his great play in the playoffs and his value to the team. Easier to lure away, since he might not even have an offer at all in NJ.

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If I were dealing with the looming payroll growth I would seek to trade Aebischer and Zednik because that would not leave the Habs short at their respective positions. The single most troublesome situation is the lack of quality and depth at center, and this has been rehashed countless times. There are enough Dmen but I'd like to see an upgrade over either Bouillon or Streit as a start, while Simpson is a tossaway.

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(1) According to TSN.ca, the following 10 players are already signed for next season, with the 06-07 salary listed:
Saku Koivu $4,750,000
Alexei Kovalev $4,500,000
Craig Rivet $2,565,000
Radek Bonk $2,394,000
Sheldon Souray $2,242,000
Richard Zednik $1,900,000
Andrei Markov $1,750,000
Mathieu Dandenault $1,725,000
Steve Begin $627,000
Tomas Plekanec $450,000
TOTAL $22,903,000

(4) Who to keep, at what price? I will try to project 2006-07 salaries but it ain't easy. I think all these players are RFA's
David Aebischer $2,090,000.00 (10% increase)
Francis Bouillon $750000 (25% increase)
Jean-Philippe Cote $488,000.00
Yann Danis $874,000.00
Christopher Higgins $1,125,750.00 (25% increase)
Cristobal Huet $2,500,000 (I think this is what he is going to command on the market)
Andrei Kostistsyn $942,400.00
Michael Komisarek $1,127,175.00 (25% increase)
Maxim Lapierre $625,000.00
Garth Murray $601,920.00 (20% increase)
Alexander Perezhogin $888,250.00 (25% increase)
Michael Ryder $1,250,000.00 (25% increase)
Total: $13,262,495.00

TEAM: $36,165,495.00
Personally from that list I'd seek to trade Aebischer and Zednik and not resign Bouillon. Right there it would save you $4,740,000.00 for a team total of $31,425,495.00 with the team looking like:

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Kost-XXXX-Kovalev
Lapierre-Plekanec-Perezhogin
Begin-Bonk-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-River
Cote-Dandenault

Leaving you, if the cap goes up to $43 mil as projected, $11,574,505.00 to go out and sign a 2nd line center and a top four d-man bumpin Cote to no.7. Not taking into account what we could possible get from trading Zed, Aebi and Ribs.

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I love the team you built up, great analysis. I'll say, though, that I dont see us getting Kuba. Cullen is an excellent acquisition, one of my favorites.

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good read, i like your realistic kuba and cullen acquisition. 2 players I kinda like. Cullen always seem to deliver.

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David Aebischer $1,900,000.00
Francis Bouillon $600,000.00
Jean-Philippe Cote $488,000.00
Yann Danis $874,000.00
Aaron Downey $450,000.00
Jonathan Ferland $476,600.00
Christopher Higgins $900,600.00
Cristobal Huet $456,000.00
Andrei Kastsitsyn $942,400.00
Michael Komisarek $901,740.00
Maxim Lapierre $625,000.00
Garth Murray $501,600.00
Alexander Perezhogin $710,600.00
Mike Ribeiro $1,178,000.00
Michael Ryder $1,000,000.00
Mark Streit $550,000.00
Niklas Sundstrom $988,000
Todd Simpson $600,000
Jan Bulis $1,026,000

(4) Who to keep, at what price? I will try to project 2006-07 salaries but it ain't easy. I think all these players are RFA's
David Aebischer $2,090,000.00 (10% increase)
Francis Bouillon $750000 (25% increase)
Jean-Philippe Cote $488,000.00
Yann Danis $874,000.00
Christopher Higgins $1,125,750.00 (25% increase)
Cristobal Huet $2,500,000 (I think this is what he is going to command on the market)
Andrei Kostistsyn $942,400.00
Michael Komisarek $1,127,175.00 (25% increase)
Maxim Lapierre $625,000.00
Garth Murray $601,920.00 (20% increase)
Alexander Perezhogin $888,250.00 (25% increase)
Michael Ryder $1,250,000.00 (25% increase)
Total: $13,262,495.00

The big question mark is in nets. Abby says he wants 50 games and Huet is the teams starter for now. Abby does not have to get a raise in the new cba, so if Gainey brings him back, he can hopefully keep it at 1.9M. Even still thats a ton for a backup. I have a hard time seeing both Huet and Abby in nets all season but at this point it's impossible to say what Gainey will do.

Bouillon says he wants to be back and would like a long term deal after getting 1 year deals. Personally I wouldn't mind him being back but not for too long of a deal. 2 years maybe 3. 700-800K perhaps. I'm not a huge fan of his and would like to see his spot upgraded if possible. That said he's been one of our hardest working players and would be a very solid 7th guy.

Cote has to get a 10% raise which would be 536K.

Danis has to get a 5% raise, which would be 918K

Higgins has to get a 5% raise, as a rookie I don't see the need to give him more since cap room is now a major concern. 950K maybe a little more if there's a problem signing him.

Huet is the big question mark. I really hope he doesn't get 2.5M but to me the big factor is when he's signed. If Gainey can't get him inked before July 1st, then the price should go up a lot. If he can get him inked before then, hopefully he can get him at a lower price tag. Maybe 1.5-1.75M Also impossible to say at this point.

Komisarek has to get 5% raise, which would be 951K. I wouldn't have a problem giving him a little more then that but not 1M imo.

Murray has to get a 10% raise, so 550K. I hope Gainey keeps it under 650K

Perezhogin has to get a 5% raise, which would be 746K, Perezhogin I'd give a little more maybe 800K or so as he could get a nice offer from Omsk.

Ribeiro does not have to get a raise in the new cba, I would hope Gainey can keep him around the same level. 1.2-1.3M

Ryder could be a problem to sign since it was already a problem this past summer. I think he will want a nice raise and he's got his 30 goals on his side but he also doesn't have much leverage aside from that since he's an RFA. I would think he'll get around 1.5M but hopefully less, 1.35 or so. 1 year deal I'd guess.

Streit would have to get a 10% raise, which would be 600K. Will be interesting to see if he's resigned. I thought I read that he would be willing to sign a two way, so I'd be all for bringing him back, if he can't win a spot send him to Hamilton for depth.

Sunny, Simpson, Downey, Bulis I assume will be gone.

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The big question mark is in nets. Abby says he wants 50 games and Huet is the teams starter for now. Abby does not have to get a raise in the new cba, so if Gainey brings him back, he can hopefully keep it at 1.9M. Even still thats a ton for a backup. I have a hard time seeing both Huet and Abby in nets all season but at this point it's impossible to say what Gainey will do.

Bouillon says he wants to be back and would like a long term deal after getting 1 year deals. Personally I wouldn't mind him being back but not for too long of a deal. 2 years maybe 3. 700-800K perhaps. I'm not a huge fan of his and would like to see his spot upgraded if possible. That said he's been one of our hardest working players and would be a very solid 7th guy.

Cote has to get a 10% raise which would be 536K.

Danis has to get a 5% raise, which would be 918K

Higgins has to get a 5% raise, as a rookie I don't see the need to give him more since cap room is now a major concern. 950K maybe a little more if there's a problem signing him.

Huet is the big question mark. I really hope he doesn't get 2.5M but to me the big factor is when he's signed. If Gainey can't get him inked before July 1st, then the price should go up a lot. If he can get him inked before then, hopefully he can get him at a lower price tag. Maybe 1.5-1.75M Also impossible to say at this point.

Komisarek has to get 5% raise, which would be 951K. I wouldn't have a problem giving him a little more then that but not 1M imo.

Murray has to get a 10% raise, so 550K. I hope Gainey keeps it under 650K

Perezhogin has to get a 5% raise, which would be 746K, Perezhogin I'd give a little more maybe 800K or so as he could get a nice offer from Omsk.

Ribeiro does not have to get a raise in the new cba, I would hope Gainey can keep him around the same level. 1.2-1.3M

Ryder could be a problem to sign since it was already a problem this past summer. I think he will want a nice raise and he's got his 30 goals on his side but he also doesn't have much leverage aside from that since he's an RFA. I would think he'll get around 1.5M but hopefully less, 1.35 or so. 1 year deal I'd guess.

Streit would have to get a 10% raise, which would be 600K. Will be interesting to see if he's resigned. I thought I read that he would be willing to sign a two way, so I'd be all for bringing him back, if he can't win a spot send him to Hamilton for depth.

Sunny, Simpson, Downey, Bulis I assume will be gone.
Great insight as always, Dan. Your comment about Murray makes me worry a bit, remembering what Gainey did with Ward last Summer. I liked Ward a lot, and was sad to see him go, and Murray is quite similar in a number of ways to Ward. Hopefully Gainey retains Garth, though he will be fighting off Lapierre and/or Ferland in training camp.

I also agree with you about Bouillon. If he wants any more than $800K, I'd have no problem letting him walk. I like him as a #7 guy, playing every now and then, or regularly in case of injury. But he's very replaceable.

Getting rid of some combination of Zednik, Aebischer, and/or Ribeiro clears some additional cap room, and gives us a lot of flexibility. Then we'll get another cap room boost next Summer when Bonk's deal comes to an end.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but players like Cote, Danis, Lapierre who are resigned (but in the minors) will not count against the salary cap.

Also, I'm not sure why Aebischer, Komisarek, and Murray would deserve such raises.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but players like Cote, Danis, Lapierre who are resigned (but in the minors) will not count against the salary cap.
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Also, I'm not sure why Aebischer, Komisarek, and Murray would deserve such raises.
Komisarek and Murray are mandatory as Group II's under $1M. Plus I think in the case of those two guys, young kids moving forward in their careers, it's just natural goodwill that you bump them up a bit. Same with Higgins and Perezhogin. I'd give them a smidgin more than the mandatory 5 or 10% raises, just to show them I care. It won't hurt our cap situation noticeably to give more than the absolute minimum for these guys on the low end of the payroll.

Aebischer's raise wouldn't be mandatory, and IMO his terrible season this year argues for no raise at all, which under the new CBA is allowed at his salary range. So for me, it's re-sign your QO at $1.9M or I'm looking for a trade. Period.

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Personally from that list I'd seek to trade Aebischer and Zednik and not resign Bouillon. Right there it would save you $4,740,000.00 for a team total of $31,425,495.00 with the team looking like:

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Kost-XXXX-Kovalev
Lapierre-Plekanec-Perezhogin
Begin-Bonk-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-Rivet
Cote-Dandenault

Leaving you, if the cap goes up to $43 mil as projected, $11,574,505.00 to go out and sign a 2nd line center and a top four d-man bumpin Cote to no.7. Not taking into account what we could possible get from trading Zed, Aebi and Ribs.
First of all, I nominate this as best thread of the year. Great breakdown and now a nice follow-up by Hab at it.

Everyone seems to think Ribeiro will be gone, but I don't think that's a given. I could see him moved to the wing though. Ribs is cheap. If you trade Zednik, he might be needed. I also think this team badly needs a defenseman that can move the puck. I would spend that money on a top end UFA (up to $5M even) to fix the problem.

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Ribs-Bonk-Kovalev
Perez-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Begin-Lapierre-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-UFA or from Aeby/Zed trade?
Rivet-Dandenault

Huet
Danis

I guess this would also leave us room for a Lang (ugh)...

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Ribs-Lang-Kovalev
Perez-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Begin-Bonk-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-UFA or from Aeby/Zed trade?
Rivet-Dandenault

Huet
Danis

A more ideal situation would be to trade Ribeiro and Aeby rather than Zednik and Aeby, of course. I would toss in one of Souray or Rivet and completely upgrade the D.

Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
Perez/Zed-Lang-Kovalev
Zed/Perez-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Begin-Bonk-Murray

Markov-Komisarek
UFA-Rivet
from Aeby/Ribs trade-Dandenault

Huet
Danis


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Correct.
In that case, the payroll listed in that original post is bloated due to these minor-leaguers unless I'm missing something...

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Komisarek and Murray are mandatory as Group II's under $1M. Plus I think in the case of those two guys, young kids moving forward in their careers, it's just natural goodwill that you bump them up a bit. Same with Higgins and Perezhogin. I'd give them a smidgin more than the mandatory 5 or 10% raises, just to show them I care. It won't hurt our cap situation noticeably to give more than the absolute minimum for these guys on the low end of the payroll.
A smidgin more than 5-10% raises (whether we're talking about Murray or the Komisarek/Perezhogin group) is fine. But 20-25% is a bit more than a smidgin. It may seem little, but over a handful of players 20% raises is a fair bit.

So with that in mind, cutting down on Aebischer's undeserved raise, and the minor leaguers not counting against the payroll, we've got a (somewhat) significantly smaller payroll, no?

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The big question mark is in nets. Abby says he wants 50 games and Huet is the teams starter for now. Abby does not have to get a raise in the new cba, so if Gainey brings him back, he can hopefully keep it at 1.9M. Even still thats a ton for a backup. I have a hard time seeing both Huet and Abby in nets all season but at this point it's impossible to say what Gainey will do.
If history tells us anything, it's that BG will not keep both. He moved Garon when Garon was slated to make 1.2 million as a back up. I DO NOT expect to see both Huet and Abby in the lineup next year. He may not get what we might like as a return, but I fully expect Abby to be moved and Huet in nets. Danis will back up Huet.

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Ryder could be a problem to sign since it was already a problem this past summer. I think he will want a nice raise and he's got his 30 goals on his side but he also doesn't have much leverage aside from that since he's an RFA. I would think he'll get around 1.5M but hopefully less, 1.35 or so. 1 year deal I'd guess.
Personally I think that Ryder stiil has many things to improve on before he's got enough bargaining chips for BG to have to open up the vault. Coupled with the new salary structures, I don't think he's going to get more than a 200,000 to 300,000 raise.

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Great analysis, but I would resign Bouillon all the way. He is a great D.
Also bring in Langenbrunner!!!!

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I looked on this site at free agents to be, checked TSN.ca for 2006-07 salaries as well as NHLPA to get 2005-06 salaries. I tried to use this to put together a team for next season. Please note that I have included the free agents I would like the Habs to sign, but in reality, I am skeptical that they will be able to get any of them. So, is this realistic? Maybe not, but a shot no less. Also, I am assuming not only a Salary Cap of $40 Million, but that the Habs in fact will be able to spend up to the Cap.
I really like your forward lineup

However, I'm not a big kuba fan. I think we might as well just keep the 6 we have and fit under the cap that way. This team needs to start developing d-men in their system as well because they are so expensive on the open market.

I noticed that ribeiro is out of the picture. If no other team wants him, then we are forced to give him a qualifying offer. But if we get a guy like Cullen, I wouldn't mind giving ribs away as a salary dump for a mid or late round pick. I'm sure some teams would be interested in ribs if they only needed to give a mid or late pick.


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