Here is the reality- (add 3 zeros-you get the idea)
forwards defensemen Goalies
Pav-6,700 Nick-7,450 Ozzie-1,416
Hank-6,084 Rafalski-6,000 Howard-716
These are all the Wings players under contract and GR guys out of options.
Our cap hit right now is-49,514,00
If the cap stays the same that gives us 7,184,000 to sign 4 forwards. And we are stuck with Howard backing up Ozzie?
Lets say we re-sign Leino for 1,000 and Kopecky for 650 (thats 125,000 raises for each) and call up Abdelkader -850. Add another 2.5 million to our cap to bring us up to-52,014,000.
We would still have 4,684 left. Thats enough to pay Franzen but not Hossa.
So my Question, Do we-
A- roll with above team (no Hossa)?
B- trade Filppula or Kronwall, giving us another 3 million, replace one of those guys for a 500,000 player, NOT resign Franzen and KEEP Hossa?
C- trade Rafalski to keep Hossa and Franzen?
D- None of the above?
I can think of no other way, and remember Stuart has a no trade clause for 2 seasons.