but it doesn't, really.
the devils have 9 million 'coming off' the books in july 2011 (arnott, langenbrunner, greene, hedberg)
in july 2012, they have 16.6 coming off the books (brodeur, rolston, salvador, white)
in july 2013, they have 15 million coming off the books (elias, zubrus, zajac, clarkson)
in 2013-2014, they have 2 contracts on the books, tallinder and volchenkov.
This is probably going to be sloppy.
2011. $9M 'comes off', but the problem is that you're looking at maybe $7M new money for Greene and Parise, say $3M for Greene (hopefully, because this means he played well, and we're going to need him to play well, there's no Kaberle or Favrermayer coming to the rescue now) and $4M for Parise... again, hopefully he'll be a champ about this and they'll be able to create a friendlier hit than $7M.
2012. all of that money other than Brodeur is likely off by 2011. Rolston and Salvador in hours, and White next season.
White should still be here this year because he's needed, the D will be interesting without him. that money is immediately
being used to get us off the kicker limit and back under the cap. so, it won't be in there in 2012. this year is shaping
up to be tough. afterwards, we'll see how we get off the cap. I think you're selling short the progression of players from ELC/RFA/UFA, you should lose every time, it's rare to get good deals. Even if the kids play well enough that the concept of jettisoning Zajac down the road is possible, well, now you have to pay the kids, and they could end up making more.
of course, at this point, all bets are off because who knows what happens in 2012, it's possible the CBA has a totally different look, more NFL-ish, than it does now, and "problems" are easily solved.
or the Mayans were right and we get EMP'd back to the stoneage by the sun.
Academic really. He's the one guy that I'm positive would invoke his NTC under all circumstances.
I think that, while insulted, he would be far less a bitch about it than Rolston is likely being at the moment.