sjr2012 - I'd like to see Smith on the PP personally. He's got the best 1-T on our team on D anyways. If we had him on 1 pair unloading and Sproul on the other, I think we'd improve our PP considerably this season. I didn't care too much about whether we got "top UFA's" or not, I just didn't want Q or Cleary back and want Kindl gone. Those were the only moves that actually mattered to me this offseason.
I'd take Del Zotto over Kindl or Quincey any day of the week. As far as Heatley or Setoguchi, I want nothing to do with either of those guys. Vrbata is ok, but I'd also rather see Alfie back for 1 year and then Mantha up instead of getting him. If I actually had things my way, I'd keep Mitch Callahan, promote Mantha if he shows he belongs, promote Ouellet and Sproul and then find a way to dump Kindl, whether it be a regular buyout or trade to a desperate team who cares, and then tell Cleary and Alfie to retire.
Niskanen is going to get a 7 year deal north of 42 million. Are you guys ok with that?
I'd be a lot more comfortable with 7 at 35 million. In a different offseason, he'd get no more than that. Not to mention that more Dmen are hitting the market so there's not quite as much supply and demand, even if he is the best RH Dman on the market right now. I'd offer Boyle 2 years at 7.5 mil and wait for Sproul to QB our PP.
Exactly. Same as Boyle. 2 year deals for Greene and Boyle would help stabalize the D until the young guys are ready.
If Holland goes the FA route, I would much rather he do this than sign Niskanen to a long term deal. We need to have roster felxibility. Marchenko, Backman, Ouellet, and Sproul could all be legit NHLers in 2 years.
I agree. I want to see 1 year stop gap contracts instead of 2 like Colo and Sammy. The only long term contract I would like to see in the offseason would be Moulson for 5 years max.
If Franzen wants to play in a hockey market that won't rag on him for disappearing for stretches where he can do his own thing on his own time, then please offer him in a trade to Florida for Nick Bjugstad.