1) That makes 13 players for 21 million in payroll/cap space already allocated for next season.2) Those 13 do not ofcourse include Zubrus, Zednik, Emminger, Laich or Sutherby. It wouldn't be a bad bet that almost all of the above will be back meaning that the caps roster for 2007-2008 will be very similar to this past season
Why do you assume that with well over $10m or so in cap space available even after re-signing a handful of key players that next year's roster will be very similar to this season's?
1) a) Based upon the recent past. b) With having 13 already under contract for next yearc) The high likelihood that close to 5 additional players who are there now will be resigned2) That would make 18 of the possible 22 roster spots already spoken for. Not a lot of room for significant changes if the payroll is to remain at or near the cap floor
I'm not questioning your math, but your judgment - in my opinion there's no reason to think that this team will "remain at or near the cap floor."
Makes sense.When do Backstrom talks begin, I wonder....
As soon as they're legally allowed to, I'd assume. Maybe the end of the SEL season?Should be easy negotiations, though, no? Max money and years for a rookie deal. Hopefully he's eager to come on over.
Right, but do you know when that is? Because if there's *anything* unexpected with Backstrom that changes the Caps' other plans. Including -- maybe -- deadline dealing.
1) What reason do you have to believe this team will start to spend significantly beyond the cap floor?2) It would be great if Ted decided to change course and decided to spend some bucks, but as it stands he's still spending 4 mil/year on Jagr(for this and 2 more years) and in another year AO and Semin will be due big raises. So its unlikely they will make any significant roster moves that would require the expenditure of cash
Ted's never been in this for the money and has never shown a reluctance to add a piece or two when the team was close. This year's experience has shown that with another piece or two, this team is at least a playoff team and at most a contender. I would expect at least one significant add.
1) Caps fans are hoping you're right on that one JP. Ted/GMGM may have to make a bit more of a splash this offseason especially if the caps end up with a point total less than what they had last year2) fans can be patient to a certain extent, but not forever. Our count is that this is year 3+ in the 'rebuilding'. Tangible results/a playoff appearance need to be seen next season. To do that an addition or two to the roster needs to take place
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