Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/11/06 at 09:14 AM ET
After GM John Muckler has concentrated on remaking the Senators' back end -- they are the Jennifer Lopez of the NHL right now -- here's hoping he's ready to get a little enhancement for the front. Thing is, a Jessica Simpson is now out of the question given the amount of money left in the kitty, most of which will be spent just bringing back into the fold the likes of Peter Schaefer, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Christoph Schubert and rookie centre Alexei Kaigorodov (if they can ever get the NHL-Russia transfer agreement finalized.) Near as I can figure, they have committed $34.7 million (all terms US) in salary cap dollars (the average of players' deals rather than what they make next year) to 14 players. That leaves about $5.5 million to bring in the remaining five free agents and prospect mentioned above and another player...more
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