In 5-7 years, the cap will probably be around 75-80 million.
In 5 years, the cap will probably be $80M. Can't predict the future, but I'd be surprised if it was under that amount. The players get to vote for the 5% inflator every year, which they've been doing every year since the 2005 lockout. 5% of where the cap is going is a large amount now - that in itself is $3M a year.
You'd be comfortable having two players in their mid-thirties taking up around ~20 percent of the cap? Parise, as we probably know will not be a top 6 player at the point and who knows where Suter will be? It's not like salaries are increasing for the Wild too. Brodin is a great player and will be getting PAID and if Granlund and Coyle break out, there could be some problems.
I wouldn't be, but my point was that Parise's cap hit is fine now. Going forward it depends on how Parise declines versus how the cap goes up. Star defensemen age really well, typically - dunno if Ryan Suter falls into that camp. In the short season, Parise was able to maintain his shot rate even on a worse team - we'll see how long he does that. Once he falls below 3 shots a game it's going to get ugly.
It'll be tough for them, especially if the rumors about Vanek wanting to come there are true
It's rumored that they're talking a new deal for Pominville, I can't imagine them having room for Vanek after that.
Edited by Triumph, 05 September 2013 - 06:06 PM.