"We're going to be spending enough money to ice a competitive team."Competitive? Did the Bruins replace the Avs? With all the Avs signings this season so far the Avs have a cap hit of approximately $41.1M dollars according to NHLnumbers.com (which hasn't added in the Parker or Ledin contracts yet making it $42.2M). This is just a measly $400k more than the Nashville Predators, a team that was apparently purchased using a sub-prime loan. To be fair Marek Svatos, Cody McCormick and Cody McLeod (total after all is s aid and done will be ~$3M) all have qualifying offers on the table so that number will increase. They have obviously left some money on the table for Joe Sakic, but even at last year's salary ($6.75M) this would leave
-Avs GM Francois Giguere
I'm operating under a budget that allows for a competitive team, If you look at last year, we were probably $3 million below the cap up until the trade deadline, and on trade deadline, we spent almost $2 million. I'm a big believer that you need to leave some flexibility in your budget to be able to do things if things happen during the year.Fair enough but
The Avs currently have $33.9 invested in 11 players next season; 5 defenders, and 7 forwards (0 goalies). Throw $8M at Stastny and the Avs salary cap situation starts to look a little tight, but certainly workable. Of those 12, 5 would be defense (the most expensive players) and 4-6 would be top-6 forwards (If you include Hensik and Tucker as top 6). With a modest cap increase of $3.3M the Avs would still have $18M to sign 13-15 players. Most of those players will be RFA's (Jones, Budaj) or Chek/4th liners that won't get more than $1.5M (Guite, Lappy.). Even signing a modest FA contract this season (And Federov, Peca and Morrison's contracts should be looking more modest with each passing day) the Avs should still have plenty of money for a Stastny extension and either Sakic's last season or a top UFA next season.
That makes this season's thriftiness all the more puzzling. I don't think any Avs fan expected Hossa or Redden but I think we all thought we'd get something more than what we've gotten. (no offense to Tucker).
(Hat Tip to Frei of the DP for the FG quotes)