I'm guessing that we're more or less done - after resigning Nyquist, Andersson and Smith...and, likely, buying out or moving Samuelsson to get us under the cap.
What do we think?
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER My Custom Lineup FORWARDS Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Daniel Alfredsson ($5.500m) Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) Gustav Nyquist ($1.875m) / Joakim Andersson ($1.875m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.840m) Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m) Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m) / DEFENSEMEN Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) Kyle Quincey ($3.775m) / Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m) Brendan Smith ($1.875m) / Jakub Kindl ($2.400m) Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) / GOALTENDERS Jimmy Howard ($5.292m) Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m) OTHER Buyout: Mikael Samuelsson ($0.000m) ------ CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter) (these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion) SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,094,545; BONUSES: $3,010,000 CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $215,455
...I don't watch a ton of non-wings hockey. But my guy who watches just about every game in the league L-O-V-E-S, loves Stephen Weiss. He's been talking about him being a Wing for years. The early reports I've read all sound great too. I'm excited. I think we've finally got our second line center. Enables us to play Pav and Hank together full-time, which is big. Not sure how the rest of the top six - Alfie, Mule and Abby (or Bert? I hope not) - is organized. But I think our top six will be markedly better as a whole. That third line that was so great in the post-season is still more or less in tact, with Tatar in for Brunner. I like that. Helm being back would be a big boost. Miller, Bert, Eaves, Tootoo. Shouldn't be terrible.
...Should be better here as well. DD back full-time is enormous. Smith, Kindl (and Lashoff too) with a year under their belt. Quincey with a year back under his belt. Kronner and E with a year of no Lidstrom under their belt. Should be a better year for these guys.
...And Jimmy. Last year was big for his confidence, I think. He thinks of himself as an elite goaltender now. And that can't hurt.
QUESTIONS FOR THE BOARD:
How is this squad going to compete with the Boston's, Pittsburgh's, etc. of the big bad East? What are our biggest weaknesses, as you see them? Is there any hope for alleviating said weaknesses before the post-season?
OK, people got get this straight before they post, I am sick of seeing this all over the forums---Samuelsson CANNOT be bought out now, the period for Compliance Buyouts ended June 30. ALSO-Sammy has a NTC=NO TRADE CLAUSE. Third- if they Waive him his Salary of $3Mil STILL COUNTS AGAINST THE CAP because he is OVER 35-unless someone claims him.
Check out the Malik report for details on this move. He's got a good recap. The only reason the move was made is because GR was playing in Vancouver and IF one of the Wings couldn't go on Sunday there wouldn't be enough time to get someone back from B.C. It's a purely precautionary move on Holland's part.
Or he's being inserted into the lineup just to punch Barrett Jackman in his face tomorrow.