posted Jul 5, 2006 at 04:58AM
In an interview with Bruce Garrioch Chara is quoted as saying
"He [Melnyk]told me the cap is going to be $44 million and they were going to go to the maximum.
So spending the max is a good thing. If my projections are anywhere close it means that there is about $3.8 million dollars in cap space remaining.
Novak was not given a qualifying offer and is thus a free agent, so the plan of bringing him up and concentrating that money on getting a number 2 center is not really workable.
Either through free agency or part of the Havlat deal we are going to have to get another defenceman. Even then it looks like our depth in that area will be non-existant.