The Wings though will not have a problem working him into the cap, but I still think he will take a pay cut as well to lead this group of players – this will finally be his team, because they will be losing a lot of players because of the strike – Yzerman, Shanahan, Hull, Chelios, Hasek (not because of the strike but because of the Wings telling him to hit the bricks), Joseph, and Thomas, all that adds up too 36,000,000. All of a sudden their apperent cap problem is gone as well. Signing him for that much though may harm them more than it benifits them because soon Zetterberg and Datsyuk will want the big bucks and if Hudler and Grigrenko pan out they will be wanting a huge amout of money too.]]>
Currently the team has a 58,000,000 salary (this is fron the fouth period) and lets say for the sake of argument the salary cap is 40,000,000
1) Al Macinnis is probably done, that is no new news so why do I stated that – simple the Blues team salary goes down by 6,000,000
2) Doug Weight’s contract goes down to 6,000,000 for each of the final 2 years, team salary goes down another 2,500,000.
3) Mellanby is probably going to be done this year as well, he is unfortunally one of those guys who cannot afford to be involved in a lengthy strike. 2,000,000 more now available
4) Brent Johnson will not be back so that frees up 1,100,000
Now all of a sudden a 58 million dollar pay roll has gone down to 46.5 mill
Now with Demitra, Pronger, and Osgood all becomming free agents one cannot tell me that their combined 19,500,000 cannot be renegotiated down to 13,000,000 or less (just to say together because let’s face fact the Blues are still *relativly young when compared to the Wings, Leafs and even the Flyers so the motivation to keep the team together for a few years is still there), and I say that for the simple fact that with the impending salary cap there is no way any team will be able to sign most of these guys (such as Lidstrom, Pronger, etc) at what they are currently making or more than that.]]>