Guest JL Posted March 20, 2008 Report Share Posted March 20, 2008 Can the Penguins afford to keep Marian Hossa beyond this season? Winners of the Hossa derby at the trade deadline, it remains to be determined if the Pens gave up 4 players for a rental player or if they can sign Hossa to a contract extension this summer. The Penguins are facing a situation where they have a total of 13 players scheduled to become UFAs, totalling $19.6 million. Add the fact that they have an additional 4 players scheduled to become RFAs totalling $3.295 million, that makes just under $23 million in salary this season to replace, most coming with raizes. They already have $27.3 million already commited in estimated payroll for 2008-09. Some of the UFAs include names such as Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Jarkko Ruutu, Georges Laraque, Pascal Dupuis, Kris Beech, Brooks Orpik and Tye Conklin, while Marc-Andre Fleury will be looking at a raize from his $1.6 million. And I'm not including Gary Roberts who won't be re-signed, I'm sure. In addition, considering that UFA rarely don't sign a one year deal, the Penguins must take into consideration that Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Stall and Maxim Talbot are all scheduled to become RFAs at the end of the 2008-09 season and should draw some major interest for offer-sheets. Malkin is rumoured to be looking for an Ovechkin-type deal. Marian Hossa will be the most sought after UFA this summer, maybe along with Markus Naslund, but there is a big drop in talent at the forward position there after. He should be able to fetch at least $8 million on the open market. Even with the salary cap going up, I can not see how the Penguins can sign Hossa to a long term deal and I'll go further in saying that there will have to be some major decisions made next season in order to keep this team together and avoid following the Tampa Bay Lightning's footsteps in tying up half or their salary cap on 3 or 4 players. Their window of opportunity under a salary cap NHL is closing in faster than people think and that's why I think that it was a huge mistake for them to give up 4 young (and cheap) players for Hossa, who will likely only be a rental player. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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