From George James Malik’s post on Snapshots
“But the curve ball thrown at us was Jiri Hudler being signed by the Russian team, and why it was a curve ball was, uh, he was a restricted free agent, we were negotiating with his agent, he filed for arbitration, so…All appearances were that Jiri Hudler would come back.
Now it’s a little bit gray as to whether he will be back. He might be, he might not be. The problem then becomes, if you wait to find out, uh, and he leaves, you’ve got quite a bit of money under the cap, but then the free agents are all eaten up, for any of the good ones that might be left.”
“Roger, up front, we’ve lost 82 goals, between Samuelsson, Hudler, and Hossa, we’ve lost 82 goals. There aren’t many hockey teams that can afford that, us included, so we’re a little bit, um, concerned, to put it mildly, but we’re going to try to be active and try to get it at least half figured out, but, Roger, the salary cap has caught up to us.”