But the timing of this is a little fishy. Shero's up to something, I think.
Then again, even with this deal they have $60 mil committed to the cap next year, but the only FA's now will be Sullivan, Asham, Park and Beej. Niskanen will be the only RFA. They'd have 4-5 mil in cap space at the current cap to re-sign/replace those guys, which wouldn't be hard.
Big question now is, can they get Staal done in two years with Neal's contract?
Staal will be re-signed 5-6 months from now. Instead of the seeing what UFA's are out there, when July 1st rolls around Shero's top priorities will be re-signing Crosby and Staal.