Why Next Summer May Not Suck

Great post by Puck Daddy basically stating what we’ve been saying for quite some time.  Restricted free agency in the NHL is one of the most misunderstood concepts.  Fans spends countless hours worrying about some team swooping in and nabbing their star player with an unmatchable offer.

Of course, the problem with the league and its salary cap is contending teams don’t have the cap space to outmatch another team and rebuilding teams won’t give up multiple draft picks for one piece of the puzzle.  The wheel goes round and round, but we’ll still have to talk many a folk off the ledge within the next 12 months.

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7 Responses to Why Next Summer May Not Suck

  1. feyer says:

    I’m no CBA expert, however my understanding is that qualifying offers for Kane and Toews would have to be a minimum in the $1 million per year range, and for Keith at $1.9 million. Kane and Toews would never sign contracts like that, and Keith would be eligible for arbitration in which case he would get much more and end up leaving in a year or 2 anyway. So, yes there is some leverage in knowing that offer sheets are unlikely to be free flowing, but I’m guessing at a very bare minimum, it will take $15 million a year cap to get these 3 signed.

  2. Lou says:

    also remember that successfully signing an RFA for those price ranges results in giving a team several first round picks.

    I just don’t see any team doing that. I also don’t see Toews ever hitting the market. Kane will be the interesting one to say the least

  3. Patrick says:

    I don’t think the cap is going to change next year (or at least go down) – they’ll find some funky accounting trick to keep things where they are. Yes, owners would love to be able to not have to commit $3MM per year to the players, but they’ll also realize that there would be mass-chaos and fan apathy if every team was now over the cap and had to make some very hard decisions, cutting popular (and possibly expensive) players.

    The big three will be back…

  4. Jason says:

    I can’t envision a scenario in which Kane or Toews are not brougt back. I’ve read dozens of comments at quite a few sites about which one of the three will be let go if cap problems arise and there’s a majority that almost always suggest it will be Kane.

    I’m not sure that will happen. I’m not sure how many GM’s out there would let go of a 20 year old face of the franchise, near PPG player. Reportedly, he also lived with Stan Bowman during his rookie season so I’m sure there’s a strong bond between the two. Not only that but he’s a huge part of the marketing strategy as well. Can’t underestimate someone who can attract new fans and generate additional revenue for the organization.

    I think Keith with be the toughest of the 3 to sign. I’ve heard that he can’t be resigned until after the season is over. I can see both Kane and Toews receiving extensions during the season.

  5. Jamie says:

    None of those three guys (Kane, Toews, Kieth) are going anywhere. The Hawks would waive the entire roster before they let any one of those three guys go. I would be astonished if any of those guys even hit RFA status, as I expect each to sign an extension before it comes to that.

  6. Patrick says:

    Agreed, all three will be staying – and I think they’ll do so for 3-5 years at around $5MM per. If they play things right, they could get two huge contracts rather than one. It would be a little resky on their part, but more lucrative…

  7. Patrick says:

    Agreed, all three will be staying – and I think they’ll do so for 3-5 years at around $5MM per. If they play things right, they could get two huge contracts rather than one. It would be a little risky on their part, but more lucrative…

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