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  1. Canes will also need some to expose to the expansion draft which means those guys will need enough NHL games. I think LW might be one of those guys.
  2. I think one of the main drivers in the DeHaan trade had to be his shoulder. Shoulders are slow to heal, and sometimes are never completely right again. Two surgeries to the same shoulder in two years upped the risk significantly. If reports are accurate that he will not be back until Dec, then they were going to play 35% of the regular season without him anyway. You have to wonder if he were 100% healthy would they have traded him, and if they did, what would have been the return. All things considered I am OK with this, and think we will be more than fine.
  3. Maybe I was wrong.....I found this on NHL CBA Capfriendly..... "The Salary Cap Hit is the total amount of salary cap room that is taken by a players contract. This number is calculated by the average dollar figure of the contract."
  4. Entire signing bonus and salary count against the cap. The next 2 years the Canes will feel this. The last 3 will actually open some space. At least that is my understanding.
  5. In addition to the above the signing bonus is due in early July. If there is a lock out after the 20-21 CBA, then Aho gets the entire signing bonus for that year. For him the only risk would be his salary which is $750K.
  6. Wait until there is a strike during the next CBA. Then this becomes a crappy contract for the Canes. It is also harmful to our cap space over the next couple of years limiting the ability to get players in here that can make a difference.
  7. Kind of funny reading all the sky is falling comments. This is a business. We have made our team better with the moves so far. There are more people on this board who have no perspective, or just completely unrealistic expectations than I would have thought. I have no hard metrics, but my gut tells me many of these RFA's are being over paid for the value they will bring to their new teams. We will be fine. As long as we have one or two in net who can match what we got last year, then this team will be fun to watch, and going deep in the playoffs will be the expectation. Here are my predictions.....admittedly not really out there. 1. We will sign a number one goalie. It will most likely be PM. Lehner is an option, but would be more surprised to see that. 2. We will sign Aho to a deal. What will it look like? I don't know. In the end it may be a bridge, but my guess is more likely somewhere around 8 years for $8.5M. We would match an offer sheet before taking 2 firsts, a second, and a third. Having said that, no offer sheet coming because everyone knows we would match (although I might take the 4 firsts before paying more than $10.5M that is over payment). 3. We will find another middle 6 forward. If we do all of this combined with the moves already made, then I will be very happy. They will have taken a very good young team, and made it better. Oh....and one other prediction. Saku Maenalanen will have somewhat of a breakout year with the Canes. He has good size, plays a hard game, and this year will score 15 goals as a key member of a strong 4th line. Sorry for the long post.
  8. So you don't think we have improved this off season? Once PM and Aho are signed I think we have.
  9. Splashy big moves don't guarantee success. I like the course so far.. Prudent, cap-conscious, and solid returns. This team made it to the conference finals last year. They do not need a complete make-over. They have a good stable of young players working their way up the ladder in Charlotte, and by all accounts had a very solid draft. Primary need right now is in goal (I think they will sign PM), they added a solid 2C or 3C through a trade (great face-off guy which was a weakness last year....addressed a need), and if they could find one more 20 goal winger I would be happy. Throwing huge money at RFA's in a league with a tough cap is actually the bigger gamble than the course they seem to be taking.
  10. I liked this move, liked what we got back, and would do it all over again. This team needed a culture change and a shake up. Hard to argue with the results.
  11. I don't believe there is any chance (zilch, zero, nada) that Darling is being considered at all for a spot on the Canes roster. His numbers in Charlotte were terrible, and if it was not for his contract he probably would have been demoted from there.
  12. Agree with this. Kapanen has a lot of upside, but at this point is still not a proven commodity. I was a big Sami fan, but would not take a Kapanen for Hamilton trade at this point. We don’t need Zaitsev
  13. I don't see them moving Hamilton. He turned out to be a good fit for the team and organization plus he still has 2 years left on a reasonable contract.
  14. A Ned and Petr tandem concerns me some. That would be the smallest pair in the NHL.
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