Holland-free zone here. Tell the world what you'd do this off-season. Leave your predictions of what Holland's going to do elsewhere.
Here's what I'd do:
-Buy-out: Compliance: Quincey (save $3.8M) and Samuelsson (save $3M). Ordinary: Colaiacovo (save $1.9M), Bertuzzi (save $1.5M), Tootoo (save $1.3M), Gustavsson (save $1M) and Eaves (save $0.8M).
-Recall: Tatar, Mrazek and *one-of* Jarnkrok/Pulkkinen/Frk/Jurco/Sheahan.
-Resign: RFA's: Nyquist, Andersson, Kindl, Smith. UFA: Brunner. *I've penciled all five in at a $1M raise.
-Sign: M. Streit ($4.1M), B. Bickel *for example* ($1M), J. Mursak *for example* ($0.5M).
Leaves you with THIS roster (below) and about $8.4M left to spend on a top-line forward (or whatever?). There's no one I like set to hit the FA market, but we'll see who becomes available through trade or buy-out. Early names that excite me the most: Alexander Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Marian Hossa, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards. Shall see.
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / *?*F.A. or Trade*?* ($8.372m)
Gustav Nyquist ($1.875m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Damien Brunner ($2.350m)
Calle Jarnkrok ($0.900m) / Joakim Andersson ($1.875m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.840m)
Bryan Bickell ($1.000m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m)
Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Jan Mursak ($0.550m) /
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m)
Mark Streit ($4.100m) / Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m)
Jakub Kindl ($1.883m) / Brendan Smith ($1.875m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Petr Mrazek ($0.790m)
Buyout: Mikael Samuelsson ($0.000m)
Buyout: Kyle Quincey ($0.000m)
Buyout: Carlo Colaiacovo ($0.600m)
Buyout: Todd Bertuzzi ($0.625m)
Buyout: Jordin Tootoo ($0.567m)
Buyout: Jonas Gustavsson ($0.500m)
Buyout: Patrick Eaves ($0.400m)
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(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,665,000; BONUSES: $1,365,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster):- $0
1) I like the idea of bringing Mark Streit in. He's been one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL for a long time now. He'd give our PP the real QB it lacks on the blue-line, and improve that unit immensely. Then he's also pretty solid in his own zone as well. At 35 years old, I doubt he'd command much of a raise from his current $4.1M salary either. Would definitely rather have him than Quincey.
2) Franzen centering the second line. I LOVED Nyquist-Andersson-Franzen in the post-season. It, as our third line, was arguably our best line. I think it'd be even better next season with Mule in place of Andersson. And I think our third line would be pretty good too, with Andersson in between a couple of new kids - Tatar and Jarnkrok(?). I also love that it gets Pav and Hank together on a great top line, along with, hopefully, another great scorer. And I like that 4th line look of Abby, Helm and someone like a Bryan Bickell.
Edited by blueadams, 30 May 2013 - 04:57 PM.