02 Aug 2017 15:32:49
Holey moley.

Canes have Pesce + Slavvin signed for the next six years at a combined 10 million. Plus Faulk is onky at 4.75

Man, Carolina will have a lot of cap space to work with. They'll be deadly. If Tavares hits FA, I'd expect them to be major players, considering their cap situation.

1.) 02 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 17:10:31
For what they have done so far I think it's fair but nothing more. No need to get excited.

2.) 02 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 17:14:57
They should be players but I think it's a stretch he goes to that market unless they are paying far more. Could be wrong but I see him wanting to be the main guy in a big market. Montreal, Detroit or maybe Buffalo (not typical big market but has an owner that loves to spend and make a splash)

3.) 02 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 18:32:21
Jim. why would Buffalo be in the conversation for Tavares. with Eichel and Orielly, that's going to be one of the best 1 2 center combos in the game. I do see a team like Detroit being a place for Tavares though.

4.) 02 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 18:59:49
Detroit would be a great place for Tavares and something as a Wings fan I would love to see happen.

However based on our current trend down and limited cap space. I could see it being tough to fit let alone get Tavares. Now I wouldn't be surprised if Detroit called if he hits Free agency to gauge his interest and inquiried about the possibility. Detroit has done that with numerous big free agents ( Suter, Stamkos), however still lost out on both.

Also even getting Tavares may not be enough to pull us out of the first round. Which if we had him, we would make playoffs but not likely deep.

Tavares will likely sign elsewhere and not in Detroit unless we drop like 8-10 million in cap space. Plus Detroit is going to need raises for Larkin, Mantha and AA (right now) soon. Which will be tough to fit unless we can dump Ericsson, Helm and Abdelklader's deals or other big ones.
I'm sure Frans Nielson may call and see if Tavares can join his old buddy probably still won't be enough.

5.) 03 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 22:55:15
Sabres owner was all in his on stamkos too and already had both of those players. But Tavares is from the Oakville area which is 40 minutes to Buffalo. If Toronto is his hometown team, buffalo is next. His uncle was a captain of the Buffalo lacrosse team and played his whole 23 year career there from the day the franchise started, kinda the Shane doan of NLL. I see the Sabres as having a chance at him, it's close to his home and his family has ties to the city already. On ice, I see him going to Detroit or Montreal more, but I wouldn't be shocked if Buffalo was on his radar too.

6.) 03 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 01:31:08
They have all these players due to a substantial raise next year. They only have around $7 mil off the books next year IF they don't resign any of their UFA's. Look at these RFA's next year and what they will make.
They are going to be in trouble in the next couple of years.

7.) 03 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 23:59:41
Sosa i think you forgot about Crosby and Malkin.

8.) 03 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 13:23:58
Hckyfntc their UFAs are Lee Stempniak, Josh Jooris, Derek Ryan, and Cam Ward. You think any of them will break the bank to come back if they decide to bring them back? RFA included they free up about 9 mill to have 26 mill in cap space after next season for those you mentioned and bringing in some other players. I don't see how they're in cap trouble. Maybe to an internal budget but not cap, and we all know budgets can change quickly.

9.) 03 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 16:49:29
Vancity. didn't forget about them. or McDavid and Draisaitl. i said "one" of the best. not the best.

10.) 03 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 22:11:33
I never said their UFA's would break the bank. The 5 RFA's mentioned will get at least a combined $15 mil between them which leaves them with 17 roster spots (1 goalie, 6 dmen, 10 forwards) not including when all those raises they just gave kick in ( $7 mil+ just for Slavin and Pearse) Take the $15 mil for RFA's and $7 mil in raises already done that leaves them with $4 mil cap space to fill their holes.

11.) 04 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 23:54:12
My number is from Cap Friendly. It includes the extentions kicking in next year. They likely have some young ELCs that can come in and if they hand out 15 mill to one top 4 D a top 6 F and 3 bottom 6/ bottom pair players all RFA there's a problem.