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Monday, July 07, 2008

PAYING FOR HOSSA

From Seth...

The Red Wings signed a kinda good winger.

Marion F-in Hossa!!!

He's gonna make more than everyone but Lidstrom, but what the hey, right?

LOOK AT THIS TOP SIX:

Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Holmstrom

Mule, Filpulla, Hossa

Samuelsson, Hudler, Cleary

Kopecky, Helm, Draper

Maltby, McCarty and Drake on the bench?

Friggin sweet.

The Wings also re-signed Stuart and Lilja so the defense looks like:

Lidstrom, Rafalski

Stuart, Kronwall

Lilja, Lebda

Chelios, Meech, Quincey, Ericsson

And I didn't mention we signed a pretty decent goalie, the guy who used to back up in Edmonton, Ty Conklin, to back up Ozzie.

That's your 2008-09 team pretty much right there!


But Seth, what about the salary cap? Wasn’t there going to be issues about them retaining Stuart and the rest of the defensemen? It’s great they are loading up on talent, but how does this technically work under league rules?

The salary cap was raised this year to 56,700,000 from 50,500,000. Plus, the Red Wings paid off their cap penalty entirely last year, which means we get another extra $1.2 million to spend. So if you add that to the $5 million raise in the cap and the salary of the guy he'd be replacing (Dallas Drake, $750,000), and Hossa at $7.4 million puts us right back to the same spot under the cap that we were last year.

Always nice when you can turn Dallas Drake into Marion Hossa.

The Wings now have 4,085,001 left under the cap, with the only major re-signing being restricted free agent Valtteri Filppula. I'm guessing he'll make between $1.7 and $2.3 million.

That leaves, say, between $2.5 million and $1.8 million left to fill four more roster spots, which means they'll all have to be at or below the league minimum of $475,000. At this point, they will have to decide whether to bring back Chelios in a reduced role, or promote one of the kids like Jonathan Ericsson, Derek Meech or Kyle Quincey to a full-time roster spot. For depth forwards, they can re-sign one out of Downey, McCarty or Drake for the bare minimum, or promote one of the kids like Ellis, Hartigan, Ritola, Abdelkader and Emmerton, depending on who makes it out of camp.

No.

Player Name

Position

2008-09

13

Datsyuk, Pavel

C

6,700,000

51

Filppula, Valtteri

C

x

33

Draper, Kris

C

1,583,333

44

Helm, Darren

C

475,000

?

Hossa, Marion

RW

7,400,000

96

Holmstrom, Tomas

RW

2,250,000

37

Samuelsson, Mikael

RW

1,200,000

26

Hudler, Jiri

RW

1,015,000

11

Cleary, Dan

LW

2,800,000

40

Zetterberg, Henrik

LW

2,650,000

93

Franzen, Johan

LW

941,666

18

Maltby, Kirk

LW

883,333

28

Kopecky, Tomas

LW

500,000

5

Lidstrom, Nicklas

D

7,450,000

28

Rafalski, Brian

D

6,000,000

23

Stuart, Brad

D

3,750,000

55

Kronwall, Niklas

D

3,000,000

3

Lilja, Andreas

D

1,200,000

22

Lebda, Brett

D

650,000

24

Chelios, Chris

D

x

31

Osgood, Chris

G

1,416,667

?

Conklin, Ty

G

750,000






Cap Penalty


0


Total Salary


52,614,999


Cap


56,700,000


Room Under Cap


4,085,001

The reason he's signed for one year is that the Wings have the unrestricted free agencies of Zetterberg and Franzen coming up next year, both of whom are going to need big raises. Hudler too. So Hossa is essentially a one-year rental, and we possibly bring him back in 2009-10 only if a.) he signs for less, or b.) the salary cap goes up again.

Hossa could have made a lot more -- and that guaranteed in a long contract -- with anyone else. He came because there's a small window while our young stars are still on their restricted contracts to load this team and win another cup.

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