#1...blueadams can't post without making out lines. You must play Franchise mode NHL 12 for hours on end.
#1a...your a little bit crazy, no disrespect, but cmon man. Suter, Parise, and Doan? That's nutty even before you declared it somewhat realistic.
#2...Ericsson really surprised me lately. Don't trade him. He was one of our best players in the series. He looked poised and very good defensively. (If any of you know me, you know that this is a big admission. I've thought Ericsson has been terrible for 90% of his time here) If this is the new Big E, he could be a #4 guy. Shutdown ace, like Stuart was 4 years ago but bigger and meaner.
1) It works, numbers-wise.
2) Some people might disagree, but I think Ericsson is a third-pairing defenseman, and I don't think that you can pay third-pairing defensemen three and a half million dollars a season in this new salary capped league.
What happened to Bert??
Emmerton, Miller, and Eaves all need to go. If any of those guys are in the bottom 6 next year this team is in trouble.
I decided to trade Bert instead of Cleary. Cleary, when healthy, can play great on the third line. Bert, IMO, doesn't have the offensive skill for the top six, and he doesn't have the defensive skill for the bottom six. I don't think he fits in.
And those three guys are all cheap and sound defensively. Nothing wrong with that on the fourth line.
Why would Doan leave now?
His team is finally going somewhere in the playoffs.
Why is he one of like four elite free agents to have not resigned already? (The other three, Suter, Parise, Semin). If we start putting a team like this together, and he sees it as a great chance to win a cup finally, I bet he bolts.
So basically, it can happen if the stars align enough to:
1) trade like 4 players (assuming only for picks or prospects since we are taking zero payroll back)
2) sign half the UFA/RFA we have for less money than they are worth (ie Helm $1.4 million for a guy who Babcock has publicly said over and over again makes our entire bottom six, and without him we were f***ed)
3) convince all three top-tier free agents to sign here
4) expect Lidstrom, who is still a better defenseman than Suter despite his age to take $3 million less (or $1 million more than Ericsson)
And all this without moving Franzen. Is this a project for an accounting class or something? Because the probability of one of those deals happening with this team is far too low to even joke about all of them happening.
1) Picks or prospects, sure, why not. Unless you can find something that fits in for them.
2) Helm is the only guy even maybe being underpaid. (points = money, not defense).
3) If we've got the cap space, why not? Miami Heat-ish.
4) He's made enough money in his career now. If it's still about that to him...then, well, damn.
5) Who led our team in goals this season?
Understand where you come from with E, but he's never been too offensive, he's a great defensive piece though.
And if Calgary decide to restructure and rebuild then Iginla is well in contention. They are apparently looking to get younger, he wants nothing to do with a rebuilding Calgary team. Or so the news goes but how often can you trust half the conjecture you hear. Doan would be nice but I think the Yotes will feel they're still in that group of playoff bound teams, especially if they get through round 1 this year. He'll be tough to land.
Think Parise and Suter are gettable (maybe less Suter after last night) but will cost.
Iginla would be dope if available.
And I just don't think you can pay a guy who does what Ericsson does the kind of money he makes.
Edited by blueadams, 21 April 2012 - 11:42 AM.