$13M for Koivu, Kovalev, Tanguay, Higgins, and McDonagh... and you'd still have had the same room basically to add Moen and Camalleri, and make the same revamptions on defense. And had a lot more payroll flexibility.
Not that it could practically have been played out that way, based on the respective timelines and all. But still, there is a lot of money piled up on those two additions of Gainey's, and they will really have to step up big time to make people like me stop adding up the $$$ like that.
You're smart enough to realize none of the four players you mention would have re-signed here for the same amount prior to July 1st. Just wouldn't have happened. So why even think about ''what if''??..
And again, there's no reason to know if Cammalleri would have signed here because apparently Gomez was a good reason why.
People like you need to realize it was time for a much needed change, and change is expensive. Simple as that.
But we can both agree that with such high salaries come expectations. So we'll see, can't wait for it to start!