Idoit40fans wrote:Yeah you take off salary for this coming year. That doesn't help in 09-10, where they already have $41 million committed. Staal's salary is not included in that $41 million.
If they got Gaborik or someone in his ilk, either Malkin would be left out to dry on the second line(and we learned in the malkin trade rumor thread how much it would kill you to see him slighted), or the 3rd and 4th lines would be all rookies/career 13th forwards.
Basically the only way to keep this winger you're looking for is to move Gonchar, which only has a chance of happening if Whitney makes significant strides this year.
And yes the cap just went up a lot this year. There isn't much more room for league wide attendance to go up.
I've said all I can say about this.
I understand your not counting Staals contract. I am saying that they'd have to pay someone a lot of money if they replaced him. If Staal stayed they'd be on the hook for at least 4 million. My point was they could apply that money and add 2 or 3 million to it for an elite wing. So basically they'd be only 2 million over what theyd have to spend on Staal. Or as I said they could get two quality wings for say 4 million each. Those extra draft picks would assure us (if we draft well) of restocking our team with young cheap talent for at least there first three years.
I think you are being a bit too optimistic. Let's say for argument's sake the cap goes up 3M. I agree with Idoit40Fans that this constant 4M increase will stop because there is a ceiling and we are getting close. So if 41M is committed, that gives us 17m. Thinking we can fill 8 forward spots is do-able until you consider what we already have:
I believe that is it. That means we need FOUR top 6 wingers, at least 1 3rd liner (a center if Dupuis and Cooke play wing). Two fourth liners and an extra.
If you move Dupuis to top 6, you need TWO third liners instead of one. Even if you throw Caputi in the mix, he's going to start on the 3rd line.
Defense wise, we have
Start taking away salary from the 17M figure now
7th dman (if Gogo makes it): -600
Backup goalie: -1M
13th forward: -600
That leaves us 13.6 for our other 7 roster forwards.
Re-sign Talbot: 1.3M
Other 4th liner: 650k
That's 11M to sign THREE top 6 guys and our 3rd line center or wing.
If we get a Gaborik for even 7M, we only have 4M for 2 more TOP SIX players and a 3rd line center or wing.
Can you do that? Sure, but you are going to be taking huge chances on those two wingers. Even if Talbot makes a little less, you aren't adding much to that account.