I think we suck this season. I thought we sucked much of last season - - and I think we would've won the Stanley Cup had DeKeyser not got hurt - - so who knows what's gonna happen. Still, I'd like to talk about this off-season and next season right now.
There's a lot of bad contracts (IMO) coming off the books this summer - - Alfredsson, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Quincey, Gustavsson, (Eaves) - - there's a lot of cheap, talented prospects (IMO) ready to contribute, and there should be some big FA money available.
Rough, rough ball-park estimates here (don't kill me!). Say Tatar and DeKeyser get 1.5 mil each as RFA's. Say Ericsson gets 4 mil as a FA. Say Mrazek (0.6 mil), Mantha (0.9 mil), Jarnkrok (0.7 mil) and Sheahan (0.8 mil) get called up. That's 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies on the roster. And there's 9.5mil left in cap space!!
That's more than enough to sign a great top-4 D-Man (which we desperately need), and probably a good power-forward too!
...perhaps Jurco makes a push?
...perhaps Oullet makes a push?
That'd be a DAMN exciting team, wouldn't it? (don't kill me on the line combos, just slapped something presentable together without thinking too much on it)
CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
CapGeek Armchair GM Roster
Gustav Nyquist ($0.950m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($7.500m) / Free Agent ($4.000m)
Tomas Tatar ($1.500m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Calle Jarnkrok ($0.715m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Anthony Mantha ($0.925m)
Joakim Andersson ($0.733m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m)
Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Riley Sheahan ($0.900m) /
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($4.000m)
Free Agent ($5.000m) / Danny DeKeyser ($1.500m)
Brendan Smith ($1.263m) / Jakub Kindl ($2.400m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Petr Mrazek ($0.595m)
Carlo Colaiacovo ($0.000m)
Jordin Tootoo ($0.975m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,934,545; BONUSES: $380,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $365,455
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