newarenanow wrote: CKA24 wrote:
Can't afford either at that amount.
Moderately untrue -- if the cap increases by $5 mil for next year, we'll be fine. Now the question is whether Lemieux and Co. are willing to continually spend to the cap...
If the cap increases, so will the salaries of other unrestricted free angents that you may want/need to bring in.
The cap also will not continue to increase the way it has. And with the economy now, people will be hesitant to spend top dollar for tickets, and with the NHL revenues primarlily ticket based, I do not see revenues increasing that much.
Exactly. One has to think this is the year that the cap starts to steady a bit and not increase quite so much. I'm still so surprised when people suggest that it would be no problem at all to sign Gaborik at $7.5MM. Sure all those guys everyone lists are "coming off the books," but, Malkin's $5M bump basically negates two of those off the books guys.
As it stands the Pens have 7 forwards signed next year -- that includes Godard and Bissonnette. Crosby, Malkin, Cooke, Kennedy, and Dupuis the other guys.
5 Defenseman singed -- Gonchar, Whitney, Orpik, Eaton, Letang.
Total: $42.5 million.
RFAs Staal, Talbot, Goligoski.
UFAs Sykora, Fedotenko, Satan, Gill, Sydor, Scuderi, Sabourin.
$17.5 is about the most the Pens could possibly have to work with. That is if the cap goes up again.
Looking at the contracts young defenseman are getting around the league -- Trevor Daley, Matt Greene, Alexander Edler, etc, etc. I don't really see how Goligoski is going to get much less than $2.5 even if he plays 60 games and puts up 18-25 points.
$15 for Talbot and Staal.
Talbot ought be seeking $2 million or more -- that may price him out of what the Pens can pay, but I certainly hope not. Staal is the wildcard and could be anywhere from $2.5 - $4.5 I would think.
$2 for Talbot, $3.5 for Staal = $9.5 million -- With 10 forwards and 6 defenseman and no backup goalie.
If you consider Staal and one of Kennedy, Talbot, or Dupuis a top six you still need two top six wingers. You still need a backup goalie, you still need team depth (boy I'd hate to see Scuderi leave but this makes no mention of resigning him), and you still need cap flexibility. All that with $9.5 million and that is IF the cap continues to rise. I'm unclear how you can get all of those things by giving any player $7.5 million.