Re: Deal! Call Michael Buffer....
posted at 1/6/2013 2:12 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
...that time is coming fast, and they're probably better off dealing this season than having their hand forced at the deadline. Like, they can't spend over a third of the cap on three centers, so when do you move...Krecji...? And for what? All of the best trade options will involve taking back salary, so it's gonna be really hard to get fair value. Better value might come in making a move sooner rather than later. Who knows...
More like 1/4, Fletch ($16M for Seguin, Bergeron, and Krejci in 2013-14). Actually, 2013-14 may be more of a problem given that it's Bergeron's final contract year. The Bruins might have to ask him to take less money than he's getting now.
I'm always of the opinion that value is on-ice, not in the market, so you don't weaken a contending team on the ice by dealing a quality asset just for the sake of maximizing the market value. The only exception is when the on-ice value is functionally nil because your team is too bad to do anything with or without the guy. If they deal DK, and I could live with it if they did, I hope it's for hockey reasons and not cap reasons - maybe a younger player if they're dealing to a team that wants him, or upgrading the D?
Yeah, I think that's what I am arguing for in a different way -- an earlier deal might bring about a better return for hockey purposes regardless of the actual motives. Waiting until a cap pinch approaches might force a deal that is made entirely for cap purposes, not hockey ones.
Projecting forward, I would expect new deals for Bergeron, Seguin, and possibly Krecji to eat up a third of the reduced cap if they keep all three. I was not referring to today.