Thrashers rumored to have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin

There’s a report coming from Sweden that the Thrashers have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. I’ve yet to see any official confirmation of the signing, however Dan Kamal tweets and TSN reports that the deal has indeed gone down. Regardless, it wouldn’t surprise me that the rumors are true, given the fact that the 6’-4”, 223 lb forward has past ties with both Craig Ramsay and Rick Dudley. All three were a part of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning team.

Modin will be 36 years old on October 8 and is currently a UFA coming off a three-year $9.75 million contract which brought with it a $3.25 mil cap hit. Last season he split time between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, netting a total of 5 goals and 6 assists during 44 total games. He was a –6 in 24 games with Columbus and a –2 in 20 games in LA. Last spring he played in 6 playoff games with the Kings during their round one loss to Vancouver, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist while finishing a –3.

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

For most of Modin’s career, he’s been looked upon as a 20+ goal scorer. In 2000-01 he scored 32 goals and 24 assists, in 2003-04 he had 28 goals and 29 assists and the following season he netted 31 goals and 23 assists. However after leaving Tampa and heading to Columbus, injuries have limited his play for the past three seasons. In 2007-08 he played in just 23 games, 50 the season after that and only 44 last year.

In 858 career NHL games he has 225 goals, 227 assists, 439 PIM and is a +3. He’s appeared in 57 playoff games where he’s scored 14 times and chipped in with 12 assists. In 2004, he scored 8 goals and 11 assists during 23 playoff matches to help earn him a sip from the Stanley Cup.

So now, the big question is…why would Dudley bring in a player who will turn 36 on opening night? Especially after saying he wants prospects like Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Alex Burmistrov to have every opportunity to earn roster spots during training camp.

Well, I have a possible suggestion…insurance.

First off, Modin could add a little more veteran presence to this lineup. Yes, it’s good to have a good amount of healthy, hungry youngsters on the team, but the stability that comes with a number of “been there, done that, got my name on the Cup” types doesn’t hurt either. Possibly he, along with Patrick Rissmiller, could be on the roster filling the roles of healthy scratches in the press box while providing the occasional spot start.

But if one or two of the young-uns are not able to prove themselves ready in preseason or are not able to handle playing everyday at the NHL level this fall, Dudley and Ramsay need a player like Modin to fall back on…giving a young player a short break to regain his stride.

Another possible reason to bring in Modin in the mane of insurance is that Dudley and Co. are very concerned about the contract impasse that the Thrashers find themselves at with Nic Bergfors. If they are not able to come to terms with the RFA and he chooses to hold out, or the Thrashers feel the need to trade away his rights, then Dudley needs a left wing to fill Bergie’s vacancy on one of the top two lines.

Maybe Modin takes that top-six spot, or maybe Andrew Ladd does and Modin plays on the third line.

Are there drawbacks to bringing in Modin? Sure…

His age and recent health issues are certainly a cause for concern. If they are looking to have a backup plan in case Bergfors in unavailable at the beginning of the season, there is a 13-year gap between those two players.

Of course, there is also the financial part of the equation too. I highly doubt the organization is offering up anything close to the $3.5 million Modin made last season. But a 1-year deal at or around a mil wouldn’t be out of the question for such an insurance policy. Certainly the Thrashers have the room under the cap for it, but anything more would be too much in my opinion.

Regardless… as is the case with any type of insurance… people tend to go with those they know and trust. And I don’t think it’s too much a stretch to think this would be the reason why Dudley and Ramsay might opt to bring in Fredrik Modin for just such a purpose.

219 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
11:52 am

Sage… you would do much worse in Waddells position. How does that make you feel? You wouldn’t know how to put a team together or how to draft… You wouldn’t even know who to hire to scout for you. You’d win maybe 20 games and attendance would be probably 2,000 a game.

I’m gonna AGM the AGMers.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
11:54 am

From TSN.CA, Kovalchuk talks about playing in Russian and Atlanta’s contract offer to him, as posted below.

Kovalchuk said that he never seriously considered returning to play in his homeland.

“Not really, no. I did think a bit about a situation that would be acceptable to me here [in Russia]. But I am just happy about the final outcome.”

As for the massive $101 million contract that he was offered by the Atlanta Thrashers last season that would have helped him avoid this entire mess, Kovalchuk said that he had no regrets in rejecting that offer.

“I am a kind of person who never looks back. I only look to the future. There is no point feeling sorry for the past. You have to live for today and look forward to what’s ahead of you. I will now play for a team that is always a contender for the Stanley Cup. It’s something that I always wanted.”

kracker

September 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

You are right, Brendan, you made a lot of good points. This is a hockey blog where we post out thoughts and ideas about the state of the team and the game. What I love, and have to laugh at, about out AGMs is the utter certainty with which they make their assertions. As Joe Biden would say, “God love ‘em.”

You gave your views, Brendan, in what I think of as normal fan-speak. Statements beginning with or containing the words ‘I believe…’, ‘I hope…”, ‘If…’, ‘I think…’. That is how I think about the season. I have my ideas but I still have to wait and see how it plays out. I look forward to being at the games or watching on TV to see what these coaches and players and our opponents can and will do.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
12:12 pm

Well, that is a real teeth-grinder of a quote, Brendan! It just makes me want to beat the NJD that much more. That may not be a literal locker room quote but as background noise, it will surely fuel some extra zeal on the ice!

Red Light

September 6th, 2010
12:14 pm

I do believe there are a few other Swedes on this team named Enstrom, Oduya and two prospects Klingberg and Pettersson who are actually Bergfors’ peers (closer in age) on the team, but I guess a certain 36-year-old with a one-year contract is the guy who is going to solidify a future Bergfors deal. Now, that is brilliant conjecture.

I believe the purpose of any such blog is to post thoughts, opinions, facts, and opinions based upon facts. Many of us are not beyond reproach as to our own miscalculations concerning the game of hockey, signings, trades, etc., but until Rawhide tells us not to disseminate our own opinions, we’ll continue to do so. The beauty of the sport is that no one is 100 percent right — not Scotty Bowman, not Ray Shero, not Ken Holland and not Rick Dudley.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
12:16 pm

Kovalchuk says things in just such a way as to not be direct, but still deliver his message. Is he lying? No. He always wanted to play for a contender. But notice how he didn’t say, “Atlanta was just such an awful situation. I was happy to leave there.” And, I think, because he didn’t say things like that, fans won’t hate him when he comes here. I won’t “boo” him. And I can only hope that most fans won’t boo him, either. If Kovalchuk didn’t want to re-sign him, you should “boo” the ownership, for their inaction.

GaVaHokie, don’t let Sage get to you. He’s just someone who sees things differently than you do. Any regular poster here has posted something, at some point, that turned out to be false or untrue, or inaccurate. No one can be perfect. No one. If Sage wanted to research a particular poster’s every message, he could attack us all, to embarrass us. But undertaking such an effort would say more about him, than the poster he’s attacking. If you follow. Sage doesn’t like the ownership. And he’s not fond of the management, either. So posters who like and support the ownership and management aren’t going to please Sage. Sage is Sage. You’re not going to change him.

five_hole, you’re in at 92-points and 8th in the East. But you still need to select a finish for the Thrashers somewhere in the Southeast division.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
12:34 pm

Jonathan Cheechoo, a one-time 50-goal scorer, has accepted a ‘tryout’ offer for the coming season. What a sad story that is.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
12:38 pm

Nah, I’m not going to boo Kovalchuk, Brendan. He played here for a lot of years under not the best of circumstances. Making a quote that talks up the new team is what any player does. The fact that he is also sort of back-handing the Thrashers is irritating but not unexpected or, with respect to the dysfunctional owners, unwarranted. I’ll still be wearing my #17 to games. I do have several new sweaters I need to buy, though.

Flagstaff

September 6th, 2010
12:42 pm

My prediction: 88 points, 7th in the East, 3rd in the Southeast. Optimistic? Yes. Impossible? No.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
12:42 pm

Note: Posters might want to postpone their Thrashers point totals entries until at least camp ends. The contest doesn’t close until “puck drop” on Opening Night on Atlanta’s season. Wouldn’t a trade with NJ for Zajac change your point total guess? Just as a hypothetical. I suppose, you can change your vote as often as you like, but your final guess must be entered by the 1st Thrashers game of the regular season.

Sage of Bluesland

September 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

I can tell you one thing, GaVa–I would have drafted Rick Nash instead of Kari Lehtonen in 2002 with that 2nd pick of the draft.

See, I could have done even better than your hero.

(and, please don’t embarrass yourself further by stating that it would have been impossible as “Nash went first!”…do some research on the issues before you bluster…Reminds me of your “incremental progress” arguments…Thankfully, you’ve given those up for the farce they proved to be…)

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
12:47 pm

Flagstaff, you’re entered at 88-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 7th in the East. Good luck. You can change your vote up to “puck drop” of Atlanta’s 1st regular season game.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
12:50 pm

Heck, Brendan, Burma skating like a rocket and dishing passes w/ the big team in pre-season would change my point total a little bit for the better. The same goes for most any youngster or for any player needing to bounce back…like our maligned new acquisition Modin.

Since Burma, another young player or a vet like Modin isn’t likely to really blow us away in camp and pre-season it is like you suggest: Getting a roster upgrade for a proven talent would be most welcome in these parts.

five_hole

September 6th, 2010
12:53 pm

Brendan Let’s make it 3rd in the SE with 92 points & 8th seed.

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
12:57 pm

Let’s see how many Cups Kovy has in the next 15 years… as NJ slowly loses players to cap space. Let’s see who replaces Brodeur.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
12:57 pm

Honestly, any poster, including Sage, could have built an NHL team following this rule: Draft consensus picks, sign them to the max capped rookie contract, and grab players off the waiver wire, as a bottom-feeder team. And if you’re not the slightest bit confident in your actions, reach out to the office of the NHL for guidance. Gary Bettman wouldn’t turn around and say, “Sorry, you’re on your own.” On the contrary, I think Bettman and his staff would love to INTERCEDE in certain markets to STOP THE INSANITY, and provide “advisors” to help cerebrally-challenged organizations. While doing that STILL doesn’t guarantee good results, I think it would help more than it hurts. I think the NHL could run ANY team on a league minimum budget, and still keep it in the playoff picture in March. The NHL has a very vested interest in having its teams operate in a responsible way. It has to set “cap limits” just to reign-in some of these clubs. Remember, teams used to spend $88 million a year chasing the Cup, and still not make the playoffs. FOR YEARS. (See NY Rangers, Toronto, Washington, etc.)

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

five_hole you’re updated with a 3rd place finish in the SE, to go along with 92-points and 8th in the conference, for the 2010-11 Point totals contest.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
1:13 pm

Hokie is right. The Devils can’t ride Brodeur forever. The first tell-tale sign of his decline … was being pulled in favor of Luongo during the Gold Medal winning effort at the Olympics for Team Canada. I don’t want to say something like, “Brodeur has one good year left in him,” because that sort of sounds stupid. But I don’t think he has 5 years left in him. Brodeur turned 38 in May. Can the Devils really ask a guy pushing 40, to start 65 games? Then two full months of playoffs? No. And their backup is 37-year old Moose Hedberg, whom I adore as one of my favorite Thrashers of all-time. But it is what it is. That netminding staff isn’t young, in New Jersey. Parise needs a contract. And down the road, 3 years from now, Zajac, too. But I know this much. They just landed Kovalchuk at a paltry cap hit of $6.667 million cap hit. If the Thrashers had pulled off the same, we’d be dancing the Cha-Cha, right now. Bygones–and I mean that in a GOOD way. So long as we have the ownership that we do, we can’t have STAR PLAYERS and be a playoff competitive team at the same time. Not while fielding a league minimum type salary cap. Star players cost too much. In Atlanta, and I’ve been saying this since 2003, we ought to try the “depth strategy” that worked so well for Buffalo in 2006 and 2007. But we must have a GM and Head Coach that know how to make that work. And the highest paid player pretty much has to be the goalie. Think the 1999 Buffalo Sabres, who got to the Finals on a team depth and Hasek.

Joe Friday

September 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

“A mentor maybe?”

lol, so we signed Modin as a mentor to Bergfors? Lemme guess, you’re inside sources told you that? laughable.

Same inside sources told you they lost $20m on the Thrash? Public knowledge, Deep Throat.

Your friend is going to buy a sports team? Dude, you’re hitting the trifecta here today.

So Kracker, you’ve got your own trifecta going as well today. Sniffing the poser’s jock, a truly mind blowing take on fans posting on a message blog board, and then quoting Joe Biden. Stop while you’re ahead, my friend!

Joe Friday

September 6th, 2010
2:15 pm

“It’s unfair to compare Modin to Rucchin. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Rucchin had played in 236 games during the prior three seasons before being signed by Waddell, and had 53 goals and 84 assists in those games, although his production had slipped a bit for the Rangers the previous year. His injury was simply bad luck and couldn’t be foreseen. Modin’s last three seasons don’t come close to Rucchin’s numbers.”

excellent. You’re right, I insulted Rucchin, sorry Steve!

Brendan, I’m holding out for the pts. projection till the roster is set, but I’ll go with $51m on the opening night roster.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
2:27 pm

Joe Friday, you’re in on the Budget contest at $51.0 million. You’re right inbetween WBF’s $50.0 and my $51.4 million. It’ll be a nail-biter to crown a winner this year!

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
2:31 pm

Joe Friday, I’m a darned fool, but I keep looking Zajac as something to try. The Devils ARE over their limit. I don’t think they can move Elias or Rolston, unless those players waive their NMC/NTCs. I don’t want Zubrus. I’m not thrilled by Colin White or Bryce Salvador, either. But I’m sure Waddell would be intrigued by them. If we cannot re-sign Bergfors, perhaps trading him back to the Devils, as part of the exchange for Zajac, is a possibility Atlanta would consider? I know. Keep dreaming.

Jameson

September 6th, 2010
2:51 pm

Brendan- Put me down for $47.3million.

Sage of Bluesland

September 6th, 2010
2:54 pm

“…lol, so we signed Modin as a mentor to Bergfors? Lemme guess, you’re inside sources told you that? laughable….Same inside sources told you they lost $20m on the Thrash? Public knowledge, Deep Throat….Your friend is going to buy a sports team? Dude, you’re hitting the trifecta here today….”

Retort of the year–and required reading for those who think Flames is on the ‘inside’ of anything…

Indeed.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
2:57 pm

tweet – I hope no one is assuming Modin gets a top two line spot. He’s gotta earn it, if at all. I just hope he is 100%.

BenThrashers Don’t assume that Modin gets a top two line spot. I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Thorburn and Cormier or Slater on the third. Size & goals.

Jameson

September 6th, 2010
2:58 pm

Wait. I forgot Brashear’s buyout. That’s counted, too, right? $48.7million.

Sparky (Smoothie)

September 6th, 2010
3:09 pm

“Nice empty–yet arrogant–bluster”

You would certainly be familiar with this affliction of arrogance-induced bluster, butt-munch.

Baaaah, baaaah black sheep.

Joe Elliott sings to Brendan

September 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Paragraph! I don’t want one, paragraph! I don’t need one, paragraph! All I need is a paragraph.

Yeah, it’s enough.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
3:32 pm

A little cross-pollination to enhance the gene pool….

ajcthrashers Thrashers officially announce signing of Fredrik Modin. http://bit.ly/bFqgmH

Thrashers27

September 6th, 2010
4:13 pm

Hmm….I think I can deal with this line-up.

Bergfors Burmistrov Antropov
Kane Peaver Little
Ladd Cormier Modin/Pettersson
Boults/Eager Slater Thorbs

Thrashers27

September 6th, 2010
4:15 pm

…with one caveat being that Burmistrov is as advertised and ready to play with the big boys. Otherwise, we may need some shuffling.

World Be Free

September 6th, 2010
4:29 pm

I have never seem so many people get their panties in a wad over a depth signing.

Alan R.

September 6th, 2010
4:31 pm

True that, WBF. Sigh.

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
5:10 pm

Sage… you can’t even begin to debate players with me. It’s not hard to argue Rick Nash, so stop pretending to be genius on that matter. I know the history quite well. To tie in Brendan’s argument of consensus picks. Do the research yourself and you’ll see Lehtonen, Nash and Bouwmeester were consensus Top 3. No one said Lehtonen was better than Nash. But to build your team through the draft, with no money for UFA, and you have Heatley and Kovy… don’t you draft a goalie or defense.

Use some logic.

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
5:16 pm

Brendan… consensus picks only get you through the first round and barely that.

World Be Free

September 6th, 2010
5:51 pm

You know Alan R, I think we see this signing through similar eyes. In recent seasons every time we have had a player go down with injury we have tried to plug the hole with Joey Crabb or a player of similar skill. I can’t remember having a depth player who has size, could play either wing and has a Stanley Cup ring just sitting on the sidelines ready to fill the gap. Now we have one, his name is Freddy Modin. A guy like Modin will push other players too, just having him there will be a reminder that there’s someone to take a current player’s spot if they don’t perform. Bergfors may benefit from having Modin around, though I do not believe it was a reason for signing him.

To call this a “brutal signing” is brutally stupid, he adds depth.

ben

September 6th, 2010
6:38 pm

Brendan: 94 points / 10th East / 2nd Div. / 50.2 M

Flames

September 6th, 2010
6:49 pm

WOW!!!! What a great chat room. You guys are to rough for me. Sorry I was just trying to give my opinion. Joe Friday! Sage! You guys win! I’m through. I deal with enough smart a$$e$ at work.

James Brown

September 6th, 2010
7:06 pm

Brendan………I`m of the opinion that this is the breakthrough year……103 points. 2nd in the SE and fifth in the East……………………49.6 Mil

SomaAtl95

September 6th, 2010
7:20 pm

Flames, please reconsider. We all have the urge to stop posting at times. I stopped for a few months but couldn’t keep away. Opinions are like rear ends, everyone’s got one.
Brendan – 99 Points, 1st in SE (think the caps will have an off season) fourth seed in east, $49.9
Everyone else – lets take all take a midol and relax! No need to jump on everyone!

World Be Free

September 6th, 2010
7:57 pm

Flames-appreciate you thinking outside the box. I was against signing Max last year, but admitted I was wrong on several occasions last season when he had a great year. Maybe others will follow suit if this signing turns out well.

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 6th, 2010
8:05 pm

Yes SomaAtl95, I still lurk. Sorry to see you got me-ed … it happens to the best of us.

I feel stupid admitting this but last night I dreamt Atlanta dealt Bergfors for Abdelkader. I’m not sure how I’d feel about that if it really happened.

Hokie P. Clisters

September 6th, 2010
8:27 pm

Freddy looks to be a popular name at Thrasher camp. We ought to take a poll to see which, if any, of the Freds make the team out of camp. Pettersson, Modin, Meyers or bust?

kracker

September 6th, 2010
8:37 pm

tweet – I hope and wish….

jmanasso Analyzing the #Thrashers’ signing of F Fredrik Modin. If he stays healthy, he can be the ‘10-’11 version of Afinogenov. http://bit.ly/9AU40D

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
9:11 pm

GaVaHokie, this is going to make me look like a big dummy, but if a team only landed the “consensus” picks off Central Scouting for say, pick # 3 and # 33, (for a 2nd rounder,) and TOTALLY BLEW all the other picks, yet kept those 1st and 2nd rounders under contract, and active on the roster, that particular team would still, quite probably, be doing very well. At least in terms of the building process, which ought to take 4 years, maybe five. Then some smart alec poster would come along to point out that this hypothetical NHL franchise “sucked” at drafting, because it hadn’t put a 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th round pick into the starting lineup. While every GM would love to nail them all, it’s a statistical longshot to do so. The trick, with nailing down these 1st and 2nd round picks, is KEEPING THEM beyond their RFA years. That takes a couple of things. Such as? Committed ownership, willing to “green light” big, or bigger budgets, and making PROACTIVE, longterm contracts, and holding the Armchair GM accountable, if the team falters, either via poor coaching, poor drafting, or poor “vision/philosophy” on how to run the team. That evaluation can be aided by consulting the standings at season’s end. But if this hypothetical team had all those things going for it, those 1st and 2nd round picks might consider staying, after all, rather than BOLTING when the choice of where to play becomes exclusively theirs. Build a winner, and UFAs will start calling during July. But, I wouldn’t even want to do that. That’s too “pricey.” I’d want want to, wherever and to the extent possible, build completely from within. And if it became abundantly apparent that the GM cannot draft, well maybe he had some TRADING skills? Moving a 3rd round pick for a 3rd line player … can start to make a whole lot of sense. Trading a high-end 2nd round pick for a substantive RFA starts to make a lot of sense. Sadly, nothing guarantees success in the NHL. Not spending. Not hiring/firing coaches every 2-3 years. Not lottery draft picks. Not even hiring Scotty Bowman is a sure fire way to fix everything. But I have to believe … that following these very simplistic guidelines … is the key to running a better/successful NHL franchise.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
9:12 pm

Ranallo10, welcome back. What are the prospects for the Vienna Capitals this year?

Rawhide

September 6th, 2010
9:25 pm

Brendan – Put me down for an opening night cap hit of $47.25 mil. As for any season points prediction…I’ll wait until after preseason and training camp. I wanna see what the finished product is.

ranallo10 – Nice to see a post from you again. Hope all is well on your side of the pond.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
9:26 pm

Somatl95, you’re registered at 99-points, 1st in Southeast Division, and 4th in the East, and a budget guess of $49.9 million.

Five_hole, you’re in at 92-points, 3rd, and 8th, with no budget guess.

ben, you’re in at 94-points, 2nd in SE Division, 10th in Conference, and a budget guess of $50.2 million.

James Brown, you’re in at 103-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 5th in the East, with a budget guess of $49.6 million.

Flagstaff, you’re in at 88-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 7th in the East, with no budget guess.

Joe Friday, you’re in the budget contest at $51.0 million.

WBF, you’re in the budget contest at $50.0 million. And I’m in the budget contest at $51.4 million.

Jameson, you’re in the budget contest at $48.7 million. Your guess is the lowest so far. The largest guess is mine, at $51.4 million. The deadline for voting for the budget contest is September 20. The deadline for Thrasher point totals is “puck drop” of the 1st regular season game. That’s plenty of time to register a vote. But it just isn’t fair to those who made the deadlines to allow votes afterward. Except in the case of the budget contest, and exclusive for R.Stroztradamus, who is contractually obligated to post here, on Opening Night, with the correct budget winning guess.

World Be Free

September 6th, 2010
9:32 pm

Brendan-the draft is such a crap shoot, it is tough to judge any franchise by how many players a team gets from each draft. The draft is one thing, UFAs,identifying players in other pro organizations, in Europe and older players in U.S. colleges all count when judging an organization. But I go back to something others have brought up before. My biggest issue with this organization is that they do not control how players are developed in Chicago. The Wolves do their own thing, we can only hope that a developed player fits into the Thrashers’ system, whatever that system may be.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
9:36 pm

Rawhide, you’re entered into the contest that R.Stroztradamus will win, at $46.25 million. Remember, the whole point of the contest is to express what you think of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC’s commitment to winning is, vis-a-vis the Atlanta Thrashers. The lower your guess, the WORSE you feel about their “commitment level.” The higher your guess, the BETTER you feel about their “commitment level” towards winning. The lowest possible guess is $43.4 million. The highest possible guess is $59.4 million. Those numbers reflect the floor and ceiling of the salary cap.