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(2) Alexei Yashin v. (3) Wade Redden

Rick DiPietro faced his toughest challenger yesterday, but was still able to overcome Vincent Lecavalier 131-55 in order to move on to the finals. His opponent there will be either the now-bought-out Alexei Yashin or the man who's played in the AHL all year long, Wade Redden. The case for each after the jump.

Alexei Yashin

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There isn't a whole lot to say about this deal that hasn't already been said. The Islanders will take a $2.2M cap and cash penalty over the next four seasons, and Alexei Yashin won't come close to playing a game for them. For a team like the Islanders who need to be efficient just to be competitive, that much waste is going to be difficult to overcome.

 

Wade Redden

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With Redden buried in the minors, his contract only provides a cap penalty for the Rangers. The team would ordinarily be permitted to spend up to 10% above the cap by during the summer, but Redden's deal takes care of that and then some, which stifles the Rangers' ability in the off-season. Redden is also going to provide no value to the club over the next three years for a cost of $16.5M. I know we all like to think that some of the clubs in the NHL have unlimited resources, but I guarantee they all have budgets to meet. This deal goes a long way towards blowing one of New York's main advantages over other clubs. Would they rather have a $2.2M cap penalty to gain flexibility over the summer and have less waste? It's a tough call.

 

The Bracket

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