I do think ownership will spend a little more next year (we were below 50 mill this year before these two moves), but even at say...55 mill, this contract is going to make everything dicey.
Say Pettro signs for 7
I doubt it. Too much.
The Blues shouldn't pay over 6 per year for him. If he was playing at Norris-level, then maybe he gets 6...but he's not.
He hasn't been in the league long enough, nor has he played at the level required for that kind of salary.
Say Shatty signs for 5.5
Again. Too much.
I'm thinking he needs to be signed for under $5.
Bouwmeester is getting 6.6
Jacks is on the books for 3.2
Polack is making 2.8
That's 25.1 million on just 5 defenseman
You already have 20.7 mill in forwards under contract
And 5.5 mill in goal tending.
That leaves 3.7 mill to resign Bergie and Stewart, replace McDonald and Nichol, resign or replace Porter, and to add two more defenseman.
Army has his work cut out, and we're out a first and a second rounder over the last couple days.
Someone (or two) have to go...
All of these comments that say, "we only have x number of dollars to resign so many players"... you guys are assuming our current cap number won't move.
I know what Stillman has said about the money the team will spend...but he also didn't buy the team to not win a cup. He wants to win and he'll spend a little more money if it makes sense.
Stewart can't command big money. He's far too inconsistent from year to year...if he does, he can go elsewhere.
Signing Berglund will be rough I think. But again, I don't think he has put up the kind of numbers long enough to warrant a larger deal...yet.