Right from day one, the salary cap has been an issue for our beloved Red Wings. Many throughout the NHL thought this would be their undoing.
$59.4 mil. was the 2010-2011 salary cap limit, and at seasons end, Holland came $44,155.00 from going over it.
As first reported by Larry Brooks at the N.Y. Post on April 10, 2011 ... "The NHLPA has told agents that the union projects a salary cap of approximately $62.2 million next season if the players vote to trigger the 5-percent escalator. That represents an increase of $2.8 million from the current $59.4 million cap, or approximately 4.7 percent. This means that, 1) the NHL's "record" revenues have not increased by the 5 percent the players voted to bump the cap for this season; and, 2) the cap would remain flat or even decrease slightly for the first time if the players opt not to adopt the inflator for next season. This is a preliminary number recently given to the agents in the union's "marketplace" assessment that could change slightly depending upon the revenue generated in the playoffs."
Hopefully, we'll have a final amount in place by the beginning of free agent frenzy on July 1st.
Just for the sake of simplicity, let's say the new salary cap actually is $62.2 mil.
These are the proposed changes I have in mind:
|MacDonald [$750,000]||Osgood (retire)|
|Lidstrom [$6,000,000]||Ericsson (sign & trade)|
|Eaves [$900,000]||Salei (no offer)|
|Miller [$800,000]||Modano (retire)|
|Joni Pitkanen [$4,000,000] (1 year)|
|Brendan Smith [$875,000]|
|Doug Janik [$512,500]|
|Jamie Langenbrunner [$2,500,000] (2 year)|
|Tomas Tatar [$840,000]|
|Jan Mursak [$550,000]|
Signing Pitkanen to just a 1 year contract is beneficial to both parties. If he doesn't pan out, he can go elsewhere next season. If he does work out, then Lidstrom would most likely retire and Joni gets a raise.
Hopefully, there isn't a curse on players we sign away from Dallas a-la Hatcher and Modano. Signing Langenbrunner for 2 years tells him he's wanted and we think he's got plenty left in the tank.
Now let's do some math ...
Total Cap Hits:
Goalies --> $3,000,000
Defencemen --> $25,020,833
Forwards --> $33,640,378
Total --> $61,661,211
Cap Space Remaining --> $538,789
Of course, these signing salaries are guesses and should be looked upon as such. If you want to do some guessing of your own, head over to capgeek.com and slap together something of your own.
Our sample is HERE.