sil wrote:So here's a hypothetical...
Say the players accept the NHL's proposed cap limits with no salary rollbacks on the new CBA? The pens will suddenly be $3,000,000 + over the cap ($58,000,000) with their current roster (this also assumes a modest $600,000 - $800,000 for Tangradi). What happens then? We can't waive Martin (NMC) and teams may not be willing to deal. So what's the solution in this case? Attempt to trade Martin for a pick, then sign Coliacavo (sp?) for $1,500,000 tops? If that fails, how else would we shave $3,500,000 from our roster?
The Pens would be $2.3M over the cap.
The options? Well, it will all depend on what the cap floor is. If there are teams who need to add to reach the floor, then Martin becomes quite easy to trade. In that instance, what you suggest could be plausible, or even trading Martin for a Dman who makes around $2.5M.
If teams will not be drastically effected by the cap floor, Martin isn't so easy to trade, so you have to look to either Kennedy, Cooke or possibly Niskanen and personally, I'd trade Niskanen and not because I'm a Niskanen-hater. Here's the scenario: Whether we'd have to trade a bottom-six player(i.e. Kennedy or Cooke) or a Dman, we'd likely have to dip into players with two-way contracts in our system. The Pens obviously have better Defensive prospects than at Forward.
We have to remember that the Penguins aren't the only team that gets affected here...plenty of teams will have to have a fire sale and the Penguins are lucky enough to where they wouldn't have to do anything drastic compared to a good deal of other teams. It's not like the Penguins have to do any sort of rebuilding, but this scenario could potentially put them in a position to really dip into their prospect pool and that's not necessarily a bad thing.