One of the things that comes up on a regular basis is: "player X has to high of a cap number", when we are all playing cyber GM. So a question for you.
Let's pretend it is the summer of 2017. Mantha has in fact turned into what we all hope he will become. He has just finished his 3rd full year with the RW's. he is a sturdy 6-5/230 and has scored 40+ goals in each of the past 3 seasons, hitting 50 goals 1 time. Mantha and his agent are now working with the RW's on a new contract. He wants a 8 year 96 million $ deal. The current Cap is 82 million. Do you resign him? State your reasons either way.
My opinion: Hell yes I resign him! Players like that are not available on every street corner. We are talking about a guy that has proven he can produce at the highest level. At this point in time we are talking about a guy that is 23/24 years old and will be 31/32 when the contract is completed. The cap will continue to grow and his share of it will continue to get smaller. As other star players develop they will end up with even higher cap hits over the lifetime of the contract.