Yep. 450,000 to spend on three roster spots.
Do you think a middling Avs team would pick up an aging expensive Martin for two second rounders?
Philly could have signed Ward. Now a year later they are to give up two draft picks?
No you have to reduce the cap in better ways.
You really need to understand this, Palhal, since many users have seen it as a recurring comment from you: teams do not have to carry the maximum 23 players. They can send down players to their farm teams and bring them up as they please. Only 12 forwards, 6 dmen, and 2 goalies are needed for NHL games. I do concede that in a perfect world, this team would like to have more cap room, but it's just an idea of how it'd stand if things ever went anywhere near this direction.
Yes. Given that COL gave two 2nd rounders for an aging and much worse player in Brad Stuart, Paul Martin going to the Avs for two 2nd rounders isn't an unreasonable proposal.
The argument that "oh if this team wanted him they could've signed him in FA" is absurd since multiple teams can show interest and give offers but the player at the end of the day can accept only one team's offer. So it doesn't necessarily mean that only the team that the player signed for was the only team interested. You follow?
At the end of the day, these are just for fun man. Keep the rosters reasonable, but don't overanalyze.