PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the off-season with several roster questions because of the lower salary cap.
Mike Colligan, NHL Analyst for Forbes.com, told KDKA’s Bob Pompeani that while the cap will be lower for next year, it doesn’t appear that it will be a long-term problem for the Penguins.
“I expect the cap to actually start rising again,” Colligan said. “I think it will be back to $70 million within a couple years, and I think that’s good for the Penguins if they’re looking to hang onto (Kris) Letang and (Evgeni) Malkin in addition to Sidney Crosby’s lifetime contract.”
Colligan projected a possible contract of eight years, $80 million for Malkin.
One of the Penguins biggest free agents will be Pascal Dupuis. Colligan said that Dupuis is coveted by several teams.
“I think if he went on the open market and the Penguins just let him go, he could easily get $5 million a year,” Colligan said.
But Colligan added that Dupuis has been around the league, knows what he has here, and ends up being in the $3-4 million range on a multi-year contract.