A Tough Time after the CBA Agreement?

There are big talks about the New York Rangers being “screwed” after the CBA agreement.

My problem with that is that people use their uninformed mind and express their opinions on that. Saying that the Rangers will have such a hard time once a CBA agreement will take part for the 2004-2005 regular season. I want to challenge that, and I will obviously say that will not be the case.First of all, it is utterly impossible to see a salary cap of $40-$45M inserted in the league. That will not happen.

That will only lead to chaos for teams that have payrolls over $45M. They will be forced to trade their key players. And why should they? After all, in my opinion, it is the NHL’s fault to not forsee this in the first place. NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman should have known better, he should have expected something like this to happen, and just in a matter of a year that this issue has been broguht up, he wants to do something to do about it?

A fair salary cap should start at $50M, at the very least. That will not force NHL team owners to buy out contracts of players, or for GMs to try and trade players, paying half their contracts to teams that can then squeeze them in their payroll so it won’t touch the salary cap.

In any case, let’s cut to the chase and let’s look at the facts, and at the numbers with the Rangers. WIll they have such a hard time with their payroll? For some crazy reason people are saying it is $80M, and I still cannot see how they get that number. I even went to the NHLPA and looked it up, it does not come up to that number. People keep making stuff up or maybe they are putting it in Canadian Dollars? I am not sure, but I guess they are just idealists that can only come up with ideas. When they do come up with ideas, and ideas about anything, I always tend to respond “ok, then you may start your own little world”. Talk about psychos….

In any case, these are the players that have contracts running in the 2004-2005 season:

Pavel Bure may make $11M dollars in that season, however, it is a club, team, option. The Rangers can refuse to take that option and let Bure walk else where.

Mike Dunham will make $2.8M on his last year of his contract, in 04-05.

Bobby Holik, after this season, will always make $6.875M. Well, he wanted a $6.5M a year deal with the Devils months before July, yet the Devils declined. Why? I don’t know, I guess they felt like offering him $8.2M a season in July?

Darius Kasparaitis will always make $4.1M.

Eric Lindros will make $2.1M base salary on his last year on his contract, which runs in the 04-05 season.

Petr Nedved will, and I find this ridiculous, $5M during the 04-05 season, the last year of his contract.

So, these guys will total up to either $31.8M, if Bure’s option is included, and if it is not then the total is $20.8M.

However, what about the other guys? Well, I am goin gto make estimations here, or projections of other players’ salaries that could run in that season:

I don’t think Matt Barnaby will be re-signed after his contract expires next season since Garth Murray or Ryan Hollweg can easily replace the pesty annoyance on the ice. I will exclude him.

Dany Blackburn should make about $1.6M since in 2003-04 he will make $1.21M.

I have a feeling that Anson Carter will get $4.5M, but let’s test it at the highest, let’s give him $5M for the 04-05 season.

Alexei Kovalev will certainly make $8M.

Dan LaCouture, I like the guy, he is very energetic and he is making 500K, so my guess is that he might stay and if he does, then he will probably end up making 700K.

Will Brian Leetch stay? It depends if he will be loyal enough to take a pay cut. Teams will make nice offers for him, so I would not be surprised if the Rangers could not match another team’s offer, since they will have to re-sign Carter and Kovalev. But, let’s go high and make it $6M.

I am quite positive that Malakhov will not be a Ranger after his contract expires.

Same goes for Sandy McCarthy.

I would like Boris Mironov to stay. He has played solid as a Ranger and I could see him play well with Russian rookie Fedor Tjutin. Let’s get him up to $3.6M

I doubt Ronald Petrovicky will stay, though he is still young and the most he will probably make is 650K. If he stays.

Ales Pisa does not make all that much at all, the most he’ll get for the 04-05 season would be 800K.

Tom Poti has a tough agent, and I am not sure if he will get a multi year contract, but if so, then the most he could get is $2.8M.

And then there is Purinton, and I doubt he will stay a Rangers with outher youngsters coming up.

So, with these guys, the total is $29.2M.

Add that with the possible, and probably, $20.8M, then the whole total with those players would equal to right about $50M.

Now, that just meets up with the salary cap that I am projecting. However, that is not the point. The point is that the Rangers will not have such a “hard” time to deal with the CBA agreement, or they will not be “screwed”. I am not coutning Bure, and I could also not count Leetch, and without Leetch it could go down to about $44M.

In the end, we will see how this all turns out. But, again, the main point of this article is to show you that the Rangers are not screwed. People exaggerate that. They make up numbers, and they come up with ideas. It’s like Dr. Evil’s father hwo accused chestnuts of being lazy. Why? No reason. Why would peopel accuse the Rangers for being too rich to handle the CBA agreement? I don’t know, they are clueless…..weird?

So again….the Rangers will not have such a hard time dealing with the CBA. I am not saying they will be secure, nor am I saying that I am right. This is the way I see it….and it is my opinion.