Minimal Cap Room

Okay, as it stands now, the accumulated Salary for the Habs is…43 mil 779 thousand. This being said, not much room is left for emergencies. I’m going to stick my head out and say that Gainey will make a trade to free up some cap space by Christmas. Everyone keeps saying that Souray will be traded, I hope not, he may have some inconsistency issues, but he’s a big gun and with the right coaching he’ll be fine.

The overpaid salaries are pretty self explained. Most of our D-men are making at least 2 mil a season, our goalies are both getting paid a fair amount, and obviously you have the superstars getting a large chunk. The most obviously overpaid player right now is Bonk.

My guess would be to see Bonk traded along with a defenseman, and possibly a Goalie, depending on how that battle works out. I’m not saying that it will all be one trade, but I think a trade of some sort is necessary. I trust Bob will make the right decision, my guess would be to acquire a young buck on the point with huge possibilities, and possibly an energetic second line center.

Although, with the chemistry Plek has been having with the Russians, it looks like he is our 2nd line center, so I hope he keeps it up because I like him.

Go Habs Go

Enjoy the Season All

7 Responses to Minimal Cap Room

  1. habsoverserver says:

    By acquiring Niinimaa, Gainey already spent for emergencies. Given everyone’s cap situation, the high priced players will be most difficult to move. Wiggle room could come from injuries (Bouillon, Souray) or demotions (Traverse).

    Interestingly, Gainey kept only one forward from the team he inherited at the end of 2003, trading or releasing everyone but Koivu. He has kept the defense pretty much intact, retaining Rivet, Souray, Markov, Komo and Bouillon and even reacquiring Traverse. Gainey dumped the organization’s three netminders and brought four new four goalies into the organization.

  2. Les-Habitants says:

    Remember we are still holding on to two #1 goalie contracts, and if say Abby were to leave that frees 1.9mil right there. Additionally, while Francis Bouillon is not on IR right now, he could be moved there to free up additional cap space if necessary (not sure if he already is).

    As for trading Bonk, let me say this: he is not getting traded. Gainey likes him. Carbo likes him. They just promoted him to a third-line role, and really feel that he brings size and skill, plus a lot of defensive savy, to that position. They feel that he just had a slow start due to injury, and is now ready to jump forward.
    One of our goalies will be traded, but we have no need to do so yet and we now have good depth in both forward, defense, and goal in case of ANY injury.

    So, for the start of the season, while I would love to have some more relaible firepower, it ain’t that shabby and we don’t need that ‘wiggle room’ at the moment.

  3. Les-Habitants says:

    Wow, your right!!

    Man, I had no idea…great observation though, and pretty funny too.. Gainey the rebuilder is a good nickname.

  4. Willey101 says:

    Where do these figures come from.
    The Habs sit at a payroll of $42,996,800 including the contract of Bouillon who we know will not count towards the cap as long as he is a player. The Habs therefore are about $1 million under the cap and when Bouillon comes back will be even more under the cap.

    Not as much wiggle room yes but fine none the less.

  5. Air33 says:

    Why not Bob the Builder?

  6. LuckyLuc98 says:

    hahaha …too funny bob the builder from now on

  7. Habman77 says:

    The next player i’d like to see on the move is Souray. Yes he has a big gun,but so does Markov. Defense wise hes nothing more than a big pylon. Go HABS Go

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