What now? Let me tell you what now. I’ma call….Where is Eddie? 🙂
According to CapFriendly, NY currently has $3,050,556 in cap space, with 12 forwards ( Fast and Puempel included), 7 D-men ( including DeAngelo), and 2 Goaltenders.
Fast isn’t projected to return until November, and most of the potential young guns who will be fighting for a roster spot or two ( Andersson, Pionk, Bereglazov etc. ), carry a Cap Hit of $925K. Not much room to maneuver, considering that Gorton would like to save some space for potential deadline deals.
Despite multiple reports that the deadline to buy out Staal was yesterday, I do not believe it’s correct. I believe that 48 hour window started yesterday, as it was the 3rd day of Zibanejad’s contract signing. I’d like some lawyers to read Paragraph 13 (c)(ii) of Standard Player Contract and tell me what they think. I hate legal g(j)ibberish.
Regardless, they are not going to buy Staal out. Too expensive, and you can get much worse if you try and replace him on 3rd pair.