Jun 9, 2019
Mar 22, 1989
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>This trade isn't nearly as bad for Calgary as everyone thinks/says it is. Everybody has to step back and look at the math.
Calgary and Edmonton are not New York or Los Angeles, or Toronto. Neal's contract was/is all salary, equally spread. Thus the Flames owed Neal $23 million over the next four years. In contrast, Lucic's contract was front-loaded and there was a $3 million signing bonus that Edmonton just paid, so Lucic is owed a total of $16 million by Calgary for the same period. Now subtract the retention ($3 million), and Calgary saves $10 million in real cash by this trade. Now $10 million to us sitting in the comfort of our armchairs at home may not seem important, but to the Calgary GM it means that he can offer a free agent next summer a $2.5 million signing bonus in every year on a four-year contract -- money he didn't have before, but which may mean the difference between being able to sign Matt Duchene or Artemi Panarin and being able to sign Ryan Dzingel. So although Edmonton may be the winner on the ice, Calgary is the winner at the bank.</div></div>
You an Islanders fan? lol 'being on a budget'. Maybe Calgary cares about that? (I don't think so but I'm not sure) Edmonton makes money hand over fist. The budget is larger than the cap in Edmonton. Make it $12 million if the team is better for it. That said, although I think this is a mistake for Calgary, Lucic is the type of player they need to back up Tkachuk 'the rat' and have the toughness they need come playoff time; they already have a good regular season team (and losing Neal won't detract from that). Edmonton on the other hand needs a scoring winger badly and have plenty of more-fiesty tough guys.
Should help provide a secondary scoring line with RNH and the Flavour of the Week.
Really surprised by the condition of the pick reported in the first post. That's a steal for Edmonton. Was worried it would be more like 'guaranteed 3rd round pick, upgrade to 1st if (conditions of 1st post)'