I agree, Rivet is more often then not a defensive liability in our own end. He is not as speedy as most of our other D corps and I often find he gets out of position way too easily and does not have the speed to get back into position (see Sundin's goal).
That being said, I'm sure there are many intangibles he brings to the team (leadership, heart, grit, determination)...but is that really enough to justify keeping him?
With the cap going down to the high 30s thanks to the pathetic attendance and tv ratings, every UFA this year will get less than they deserve.
The cap will go even higher next year. Attendance is down, yes, but everyone and their dog raised ticket prices, so revenues are actually up from last year. TV ratings doesn't effect the salary cap, since the TV deal is already bought and paid for.
Although, a UFA getting less then they deserve would be a first, for any year since the players formed a union
Rivet will most likely have something between 2.5 and 3 M a year...at 2.5, I might be ready to re-sign him if we fit everyone else under the cap...
I agree with your estimate and your limit Gainey should pay for him. I might add that he should be offered 3 years at that with a club/player option in the last. Maybe he can also front end the contract to make it more attractive.
I think he'll stay on those terms and he's welcome IMO. The only way I can't see that playing out would be if Gainey is prepared to pay Markov and Souray a combined $10M plus and presuming both want stay. I'm not sure Gainey would do this, but if he does he may have to lowball Rivet to help out with cap issues elsewhere. That would be sad, but it can't be ruled out.
Rivet has only missed 2 games since 2000-2001...296 out of 298 played, he is our current iron man! BTW, he should not make more than 2.47-2.75M maybe climbing to 3.0M in the last year of a 3 year contract...