My question is this. And I know it's probably been discussed several times over in other threads. But this is so perplexing to me that I think it deserves its own thread. I understand it so little, that I feel it needs to be discussed as a seperate issue.
...There is about 15mil left in cap space (once we send our extra forwards to gr). Is someone trying to tell me that 15 mil isn't enough to sign Doan, Semin and top-six defenseman. Even if Doan and Semin both reach the high-end, around 6 mil each, that still leaves 3 mil to sign a top six defenseman, and that should be more than enough. It's not like either Doan or Semin is going to command a contract much longer than two years anyways? It's not like signing either is going to hurt us long-term? And it's not like Pav and Hank have that many prime years left in them either? Where in the hell are we going to be once Pav can't carry this squad?
The time to try to win it all is now. Not next year. Not in two years. Pav is THIRTY-FOUR years old. Truth be told, when he's out of the lineup, we're one of the worst team's in hockey. How much longer is he going to be able to carry us? The time to win is now - - - and this lineup, below, could very well win it all. Look at that depth. Six legitimate top six forwards. More than enough skill, grit and defense. A third line of Helm, Nyquist and Brunner. Incredible speed. Great defense. Great energy. And serious scoring ability. A fourth line consisting of players the calliber of Samuelsson and Bertuzzi. A very, very solid goalie when healthy, just entering his prime. And our defense isn't going to be as good as it has been, but if we're able to add just a decent player, this could most definitely be a squad with the ability to win it all.
I guess I just don't get what in the hell Holland is waiting for!? Does he want to wait until Pav is 36 or 37 before he decides to take a real run at the cup?
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Alexander Semin ($5.000m)
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Shane Doan ($5.000m)
Gustav Nyquist ($0.875m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Damien Brunner ($1.350m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.866m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Danny Cleary ($2.800m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m) /
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Ian White ($2.875m)
Kyle Quincey ($3.775m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m)
Brendan Smith ($0.875m) / Defenseman ? ($5.000m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) /
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,887,462; BONUSES: $462,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $312,538
Edited by blueadams, 23 July 2012 - 11:55 AM.