The last thing we'd need is a UFA defenseman or cap space though.
I disagree with the latter a bit. We have 24.8 in cap space right now (thats without Josefson's contract) so for the sake of argument lets say Josefson got 800K.
24 million to "play with". I don't think anyone can disagree that the team is more likely to have an internal cap than not, so lets say the internal cap is 60. That makes our available space at this moment, 20.
If we re-sign:
That's 15-20 million all by itself and while I wouldn't bet on all 5 of these guys coming back, the majority (3-4/5) probably will be.
Does anyone want to go into next season with the exact same team we had? I personally don't. We still need to add offense + fill out the remaining roster spots even after these signings as well. This surplus of cap room we have is going to run out very quickly depending on who we re-sign, and could even be more costly if we're UFA shopping.
Its never a bad thing to have more cap room. However, it does completely depend on an internal cap which I think is probably likely. We dont have a lot of space really as we still have quite a few *important* spots to fill since our lower lines are taken care of (as is D). Outside of Kovy and Zajac, we currently have nothing set in stone on offense, altho Henrique and Loktionov are there, its still weak.
Edited by ghdi, 25 June 2013 - 04:56 PM.