Basically the $2.5M would of been covered this year easily. Then the buyouts, and Bouillon contract would cover his raise.
And then where does the money for Higgins, Plekanec, Komisarek, Tanguay, Kovalev and Koivu come from? The first three will be getting big raises for sure, while the last three would get around the same money or possibly more. 2.5 million is breathing room that is good to have when negotiating or else you end up like Buffalo when they were forced to walk away from Dumont because his arbitration hearing was last and they had already spent all their money.