DA_Champion Posted November 23, 2008 Author Report Share Posted November 23, 2008 yes, we have lots of flexibility this offseason, that's been established. What no one has explained to me yet when saying we're in good shape is how on earth we won't be in a mess the summer of 2010? Unless all these re-signings you speak of are one year deals (unlikely) we will have too many contracts that don't expire in the summer of 2010, whether they are 2 year deals or 10 year deals is almost irrelevant: the cap dropping in 2010 spells trouble. Graeme, let me rephrase your question and you can tell me if I understand your concern, You're worried that if the Habs sign a whole bunch of free agents next summer (as they must) in a 55 million dollar cap environment, they will be screwed the following year (and potentially several seasons) when it's a 48 million cap environment. I'll add in that this is doubly worse as I believe that 48 million is the year Price gets his first real contract. It's a valid concern, which is why out of (Kovalev, Tanguay, Koivu, Lang) I see the habs signing only 2 of the 4 players, whereas before I was hoping for 3. They basically have two choices: 1) Play below the cap next year, and pick up whatever tablescrap of an aging veteran they can at a 1 year contract. 2) Sign the players to good long-term deals next year, and then once the cap drops for 2010-2011 they can have a firesale before the season to get below the cap and sign Price. It will most likely be option number 1 in my opinion. The potential for a winning season will still be here as we'll maintain a strong nucleus and Hamilton is one of the best teams in the AHL. Every single team in the NHL will face a similar choice, I guess the luckiest ones are the ones who have their best players contracts expire after 2009-2010, but the least lucky ones are those with many players with huge long-term contracts (Like Chicago, Buffalo and Tampa Bay). Given those possible situations I think ours is pretty good. You mention "2009 values" in another post, but I think every GM in the league will be aware of the upcoming situation and there will be no retard contracts like the 12 years, 100 million that was offered to Marian Hossa. If there are such contracts it will work to the Habs advantage, as those teams will be knocking themselves out of competitiveness... they will also lower the salaries of other players on their team, and potentially leading to a cheap pickup off waivers in following years. ******* Heck, maybe Kovalev would come back for a one year contract if it was inflated... which we could afford under the scenario I outline. Inflated as in his salary this year plus most of Lang's salary. Lang's 4 million will be most likely replaced by Ben Maxwell at $850, 000. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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