#1) N. Lidstrom is resigned to a one year contract at 6.2 mil (that leaves us with 12.9 mil in cap space). He might even be willing to take a little less now that our highest paid defenseman is Brad Stuart at 3.8 mil. I'll be conservative for now though. It would be very, very surprising if he retired.
#2) J. Wisniewski is signed to a four year contract at 4.5 mil (that leaves us with 8.4 mil in cap space). It's starting to sound like he might be our best Rafalski replacement. These contract figures were proposed by Kahn in an mlive article. Seem close enough to me.
#3) B. Smith's 0.9 mil minor league contract is purchased (that leaves us with 7.5 mil in cap space). This is J. Ericsson's spot. I heard that we recently increased our 2 mil a season offer, and that he still declined. I see him leaving, and B. Smith being called up to replace him.
#4) D. Janik's 0.5 mil minor league contract is purchased (that leaves us with 7.0 mil in cap space). I've got no problem going into the season with him as a seventh defenseman.
#5) C. Emmerton's 0.5 mil minor league contract is purchased (that leaves us with 6.5 mil in cap space). I've got no problem going into the season with him as a thirteenth forward ---> though I've got a feeling that this slot will go to Draper.
#6) J. MacDonald is resigned to a one year contract at 0.5 mil (that leaves us with 6.0 mil in cap space). It sounds like Ozzie's finally going to hang em up. I'm putting Joey Mac in here for now, but I'd be surprised if we go into the season with him as our backup. It sounds like Kenny wants someone a little better there. Nabakobv would be overkill I think. Bringing Larsson back over is an idea that intrigues me...but it might be bad for Jimmy's confidence. I'm guessing that we'll probably just sign a solid veteran for 0.5m to 1.0m a season.
#7) HERE'S WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING. If all the above takes place, it'd leave us with 6.0 mil in cap space - maybe as much as 9.0 mil in cap space, if the salary cap increases to 63.5 mil - to sign a top six forward. Let the speculation begin..
Edited by blueadams, 15 June 2011 - 09:10 AM.