Scott wrote:I don't know all the details of those contracts so they might have some hidden details there of...
Malkin falls under the rookie agreement with the maximum rookie salary. Next year it wont be much more than a million if it is in fact a million.
How much is the cap projected to go up next year?
MrKnowNothing wrote:The pessimist in me wonders whether it really matters or not.
NIN wrote:Fleury is a RFA but top notch goalie prospects are few and far between. If ever there was a player that could go to another team as a RFA its Fleury. I think there are about 6 or 7 teams that would'nt mind giving up a 1st rounder for a proven young goalie and a couple of million. I dont think the Pens will give MAF more than 1.5.
davemess wrote:Actually under a Salary Cap system it is a good thing to have guys under contract for next rather than a bad one. Simply because a players salary stays the same year to year under the cap rules.
The team with the least $$$ committed for next season is Buffalo with a paltry $6.1M.
Sounds great to have all that cap space but just look at the guys they have out of contract.
Afinogenov, Biron, Briere, Connolly, Dumont, Hecht, Numminen, McKee, Fitzpatrick and Grier are all unrestricted Free Agents.
Kotalik, Miller and Roy are RFAs and probably all looking for major upgrades in their deals.
How many of those guys are they going to be able to keep before they run out of cap space? I doubt if they can get more than two-thirds of that group resigned.
jmh70 wrote:The Pens should still have about $5-6m to throw at a defenseman. I think there will be a few salary dumps before next season that could involve Tbo and a few mediocre prospects (Surovy, etc). Leclair will get dealt before the deadline so, unless we get garbage in return, that will free up some cash. Cross is gone as well.
davemess wrote:I dont think the Pens are in a bad spot
Gonchar, Leclair, Recchi and Tbo if all return only make a combined $9.78 or $9 Mill depending on if the Pens or Recchi pick up his contract. That actualy salary cap figure would be closer to $12 mill but that is also good for the Pens as they could be over the floor but paying less money than the floor.
If the salary cap goes up then it is likely that the floor will also be raised so the team will have to get up there.
Crosby wont be a huge cap hit unless he is able to win top scorer or mvp awards.
None of the younger guys are going to cost much more than a 10% raise and the removal of their two-way options.
I think the team will be forced to go out and spend $6 to 8 Mill on 2 o 3 guys just to get over the Floor.
BCHill wrote:You want to throw away some of the teams most productive players who are making a relatively low dollar amount.
I think you are too locked into the old NHL where a team could have a very low budget. There is currently a cap minimum. That minimum is currently set at $21.5 million, and will likely go up next year. The current minimum translates to an average of $1 million per player on a 22 man roster. $2 million for Mark Recchi? A steal! If he gets paid his player option amount it's pure highway robbery. Player minimums are now at $450,000 and will rise next year. How many nhl minimum wage player do you want on the team?
The Pens current payroll is just over $24 mil right now. They can't even afford to get rid of Gonchar unless they pick up salary while doing it.
If they have a large number of players committed for next year it only means they don't have to give out a lot of raises.
Personally, I think fans look at players salaries too much and should let the team do their own books and the fans should just watch the games. Don't worry about what the players are being paid. That's why the team has accountants and a GM.
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