That number being what would be left over if u trade kobasew for draft picks/prospects.
It would also be leaving a cushion of 850,000-1 million, which every team needs for in-season flexibility.
I would be shocked if kessel signed for something that low. I'd love it if he did, maybe on the promise that he will get his payday next season when they don't re-sign savard, but i highly doubt it would happen.
So that leaves a game of chicken in which the B's dare a team to sign kessel to an offer sheet that the b's have no possibility to match.
Maybe no team plays the game and one month into the season, kessel does take 2.633-2.783. It will still be tough to re-sign kessel next year with all the FA's that the B's will have even if/when they don't re-sign savard, especially with the salary cap expected to be lower.
PC should take action and get another defenseman to replace the inconsistent and often-injured ference and take some draft picks NOW for kessel rather than waiting/hoping someone signs him to an offer sheet thus giving the B's draft picks. Take control of the situation because the B's don't know if someone will actually bite.
Here's a list of 5 guys, if you have other D-men that would be suitable please add them to the list. Keep in mind that by trading ference (1.4 mil cap hit) you would be 2.7 mil under the cap and therefore would only have 1.7-1.85 that you could afford on the player the B's get in return in order to leave 850,000-1 mil under the cap.
Radek Martinek 1.5 2yrs. ufa nyi 32 right 6'1 203
Daniel Girardi 1.55 1yr. rfa nyr 25 right 6'2 208
Zbynek Michalek 1.25 1yr. ufa phx 26 right 6'1 200
Carlo Colaiacovo 1.283 1yr. ufa stl 26 left 6'1 200
Jack Johnson 1.425 2yrs. rfa lak 22 left 6'1 225
Also, maybe one of these teams would be willing to take on
Patrick Eaves (B's haven't completed buyout yet) as well to either buyout or send to the AHL for the next 2 years aka "The Schaefer."