Gaucho wrote:You can't lower the cap and not lower salaries. That's unpossible.
I don't think anyone was suggesting that wouldn't happen, but the issue will be with existing salaries which seems to be some of the sticking points they're trying to hammer out. Players want teams to be able to have some of their existing contracts be "forgiven" in a sense and will not count 100% against the cap. Chances are the Penguins wouldn't have to move anyone.
In fact, depending on how it all gets structured the Penguins could wind up a little room to spare...maybe not enough to go out and sign Doan or someone of that nature, but enough to have a little breathing room at the trade deadline.
One thing is for sure: there are quite a few teams in major trouble if this cap really goes to $58M. The Penguins should consider themselves not only lucky to have everything they need shored up, but lucky that we have a GM like Shero who was really smart about his spending. While money was obviously not the main issue and Shero could have obviously looked to move Michalek and Martin to free up the money to keep him, the Staal trade is looking a hell of a lot better now. Being able to have someone like Brandon Sutter as our 3rd line center has his price is going to be bigger than most thought when you compare how other teams are going to have to restructure.
Minnesota and Boston are seriously EFFED in the A. I actually feel bad for Minnesota. They had a lot of issues with injuries last year after getting off to a serious start and were a solid team on paper before Parise and Sutter got there, but they're going to have shed A LOT of space now. You can bet that Heatley is probably going bye-bye. They obviously have other contract they could shed, but that mean selling off their depth.
Vancouver and Philly will also be profoundly effected even with some cap forgiveness...they will both likely have to move at least one decent mid-level player.
After all the rumors all these years with Lecavalier, we could finally see him moved, but probably more likely Malone will get moved.
Either way, it's going to be really interesting to see how things play out. Lower tier teams will get a chance to trade for excellent players with giving up very little and again, the Penguins should consider themselves very lucky. They're one of the few contenders that will lose much of their power.