My selective and frugal approach to considering free agent options at forward yielded a reasonable amount of backlash via comments and a couple emails.
As a quick starting point for figures:
–The Canes sit at about $40 million right now with 1 goalie, 7 forwards (only counting likely NHL sure things) and 6 defensemen under contract. Victor Rask and Ryan Murphy who are both restricted free agents would add about $4-5 million to that total.
–The salary cap minimum/floor will be about $55 million, so the Canes need to spend at least $15 million and likely about $10-11 million after Rask and Murphy.
–The salary cap ceiling is expected to be $74-75 million.
–Last season the Canes started the season with about $65 million in salary (cap not actual).
With that, I ask 2 related questions (polls below): 1-What WILL Ron Francis’ budget be? 2-What SHOULD it be?