By Michael Russo
Unbelievable, but I’m done figuring this out because my head’s going to explode. For some reason, excel was not computing it correctly on my spread sheet. The Wild’s cap number is indeed $54,403,527 (hopefully).
Good night and good luck. Essentially, if Tanguay is signed, the Wild would almost certainly have to trade a player before the season and it could cost Gillies or Weller jobs out of camp.
Sorry for the repeated errors, but hopefully all’s good now.
Obviously this is unofficial, but here’s what I got.
Under contract: G Niklas Backstrom, $6 million; RW Martin Havlat, $5 million ($4 million salary); D Kim Johnsson, $4.85 million ($5.3 million); RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard, $4.08 million ($4.25 million); D Brent Burns, $3.55 million ($3.4 million); D Nick Schultz, $3.5 million ($3.4 million); D Marek Zidlicky, $3.35 million ($3.5 million); C Mikko Koivu, $3.25 million ($3.3 million); RW Owen Nolan, $2.75 million; RW Antti Miettinen, $2.33 million ($2.5 million); LW Andrew Brunette, $2.33 million ($2.5 million); D Greg Zanon, $1.93 million ($1.7 million); C Eric Belanger, $1.75 million; C James Sheppard, $1.4 million ($765,000); C Kyle Brodziak, $1.15 million ($1.05 million); G Josh Harding, $1.1 million; LW Colton Gillies, $1.0417 million ($875,000); LW Derek Boogaard, $875,000 ($1.025 million); C-LW Benoit Pouliot, $803,250; D Shane Hnidy, $750,000; RW Cal Clutterbuck, $725,800 ($623,000); RW Craig Weller, $600,000 ($625,000), D John Scott, $550,000.
Total cap hit: $54,403,527 for 23 players, including $727,778 charged for bought-out Mark Parrish. Salary cap is $56.8 million.
Total actual salary: $53,444,028 for 23 players, including $927,778 owed to Parrish and excluding potential bonuses paid to Sheppard and Gillies.
* Salary Cap hit first number; in parentheses is actual salary.