PenguinHockeyFanatic wrote:czwalga wrote:PenguinHockeyFanatic wrote:czwalga wrote:You dont trade malkin till next year IF you ever do it. You're trading him away when basically you can get the same type of deals next year.
If he gets traded he's going to ask for the max, this year or next; whoever trades for him will know this and expect it. So if we sign him to the max next year then trade him... we at least have him next year.
I would agree except for one thing. What if they want to sign Hossa? If they sign him and really go for another strong Cup caliber team this season then they will be left with little room to negotiate for Malkin. Especially because Gonchar will still be on the books for that season and Fleury and Staal will bump up the cap a lot too.
So even thgouh his value would be just as good if not better if they waited, the economic feasibility of retaining him could put the Pens in a desperate situation to almost "dump" a contract, and I don't ever want to see that word used again.
You're missing the point. If you trade him now or next year his value will likely be equal or close. There will be 10 teams willing to pay the max for him this year OR next. Why trade him now when you can have him for a year at a 4mill cap hit.
Shero would just have to make up his mind now that's whats going to happen, but if he decided to trade him now i guess his decision would already be made up; so thats not a problem.
I get what you are saying and I agree that holding onto him as long as possible is smart. But the problem I see--and maybe I'm assuming way too much here--is that Malkin would HAVE to be dealt because every GM in the league is going to see that the Penguins can't afford to have 3 players taking up half of the payroll. So whereas right this second it would be a "luxury" to deal Malkin but at the end of next season it would be a "necessity". So in theory GM's would know that they could give up less in return.
Why would it be necessity? If they dont resign hossa they will have plenty of room. Crosby, 8.7, lets even say malkin 11 thats 20. Than whit, gonch, fleury, malone thats another 20 maybe, add staal thats maybe around 43 million that leaves around 15 million and thats a rough esimate.