The argument of whether or not the Oilers can spend up to the Budget is silly, they definately can, the only question is how much return does the EIG require on thier investment. it was mentioned earlier that the Oilers are the sixth highest grossing in the League, I had heard it was as high as fourth. so if the oilers can't spend up to the cap, then the current cap system doesn't work cause that means at least 24 - 26 teams also can't spend up to the cap
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This leaves us with about $15.5M to fill a roster, based on us having a $44M payroll
Fortunately, our 3 RFAs shouldn't be big money players:
- Winchester could likely be kept near the minimum, or traded and replaced with a minimum salary player.
- Greene around $1M or just over.
- Torres will probably end up with a similar contract to Stoll, I'd assume.
That gives us around $12M of cap space, and about 4 spots to fill. Obviously, re-signing Smyth, and bringing in a top 4 defenceman are going to take up the bulk of that, but the remaining spots are for the backup goalie and 4th line center, so even if Smyth and a top 4 defenceman end up costing us $10M for the pair, we can easily find a backup goalie and 4th line center (preferably LH) for under $2M. Keeping Sykora is another thing altogether.
They will go after Stuart. Pretty sure, and with his lack luster year in Boston he will be a steal. Also so long MAB.
I like the lineup you have next year for the most part although I wouldn't mind a different goalie between the pipes but thats for a different topic altogether and Roli is the best we've had here for a while so I won't go on with that. But saying Stuart is going to be a steal is very incorrect I think. He's one of, if not the most coveted defencemen available as a UFA this season. I'd be shocked if he didn't get a longterm deal worth ATLEAST 4.5 mill.