Bolts Sign Sarich, Avoid Arbitration

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting the Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The deal allows the Lightning and Sarich to avoid a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31. Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster stated in the official press release that Sarich left some money on the table in order to fit into the team's stretched financial structure. Sarich, 27, a 6-foot-3, 204-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played in all 82 games for the third consecutive season in 2005-06, recording a goal, 14 assists and 79 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 he was one of three defensemen to appear in all 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning.

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Tight against cap

Good news to get Sarich signed below $2 mil, but guestimate that Sarich signing puts the Bolts (assuming Artykhin can be signed about $500k)within a mil of the $44 mil CBA cap. Hopefully Burke and his $1.6 mil can be moved sooner than later. zepdog

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Sorry about double post!

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Your number is alittle high. Including 3 goalies (Burke, Denis & Holmqvist) on the roster my numbers show $42,314,295 which is currently only missing Artyukhin's salary (21 man roster including R2 if we can't trade Burke). Erik Erlendssen's 7/28 article has the same salary number of $42,314,273. :) Trib article: http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGB7H8PV5QE.html

Maybe so

Hope Eric's numbers are right as that gives us more cap space than I estimate - NHLPA website has different (higher) salaries for both Vinny L ($7,166,667 vs $6,876,000) and Marty ($6,000,000 vs $5,250,000) - also looking at Eric's list and noticed his 3 goalies, but he also shows 7 rather than 6 D-men, and when you first add Arty to his list, Eric is still missing salary for another fourth line winger. Also fyi, Tom Jones at SPTimes Jul 28 indicated that...'Sarich's salary for the 2006-07 season pushes the Lightning payroll to approximately $43.25-million, only $750,000 under the league's $44-million salary cap'. zepdog

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NHLPA.com just like TSN and other website are reporting ACTUAL salaries, not averaged numbers which are used for CAP calculations. Tom Jones needs to read the contract salary thread at Hockey's Future Lightning board to get the averaged numbers. I'm pretty sure that's where Erik gets his info from!! ;)

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