Re: Take a glance at 2011-2012 season
posted at 3/27/2011 12:17 PM EDT
Let's play with salaries, shall we?2011-2012 Changes
Ryder (-$4,000,000) & Recchi (-$1,950,000) will likely come off the books.
Chara's cap hit is reduced (-$583,333).
Schaefer's buyout comes off (-$766,677).
Bergeron's cap hit increases (+$250,000).
Eaves' buyout hit increases (+$300,000).
Everything else remains the same.
For me, it all hinges on Savard and how early he makes his decision. The Bruins will have $10,757,143
to spend if Savard retires (he would get his full salary but the full amount comes off the cap hit). If he doesn't retire, the cap space reduces to $6,750,000....but the assumption is he's good to go in this case.
Meanwhile...back at the Hall of Justice...
Most think Kaberle will command in the range of a $4,000,000 annual hit.
Marchand will need a new contract. What is he worth? $1.75-$2.0 mil annually?
I would think the desire to re-sign Kaberle and Marchand reduces if they have the full $10,757,143
to play with. At that point, they can really open the checkbook and try to land the top guys. Savard stays on the books and they only have the $6,750,000
, then I really don't see many changes coming.
Look over the list of free agents....is there anything on this list that really stands out as a better use of $6,750,000
than Kaberle and Marchand?www.capgeek.com/free_agents.php
What would I do? Thanks for asking...
Even though the temptation is there to land a big fish, I don't think it's the best move. I'm also not a GM at the NHL level, so there it is.
If $10,757,143 and no Savard:
+ Kaberle (33) at $4 mil annually x 4 years
+ Marchand at $2 mil annually x 4 years
+ Erik Cole (32) at $3.25 annually x 3 years. I like his size, grit, 20+ goals and leadership
Hold $1.5 mil for the trade deadline / injury relief
If $6,750,000 and a healthy Savard:
+ Kaberle at $4 mil annually
+ Marchand at $2 mil annually
Hold the $750,000 for the trade deadline / injury relief
But I digress...