In fairness to Babcock, he's had everyone play with everyone else and it doesn't work. If he wants to get another line going, he really doesn't have much of a choice other than splitting up the Euro Twins.
Babs doesn't realize that this strategy only works short term. He thinks that if a line scores a goal they should stick together but sometimes its just the other teamf****** up and not chemistry. Realistically he needs to leave the lines ALONE and let people get comfortable rather than mixing and matching all day. Players should be put where they belong - AKA cleary should be nowhere in the top 6 ever again.
What is with this fascination to have Alfie as a Dman? Makes no sense. Following the logic of "he is a vet player with good d instincts" we should have Datsyuk and Z back there too. Being a Dman is a lot about positioning around the net and using your body effectively (things alfie hasn't had to do in his extensive career). He would get destroyed back there.
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Holland's solution was to go out and get a shootout specialist (who can't do anything else) like Omark or a 40 year old version and use it as an excuse to say he "made the team better"
If I had kids, I would sacrifice one of them for a win tonight. Haha, please Wings pull this one out. I don't care if Cleary and Samuelsson both get hat tricks and permanently stay in the line up please just win. LGRW!
I will find a cleary jersey and burn it for a win tonight. I'm sure Babs would sacrifice Tatar for a win tonight.
The only players whose contracts expire next year are: Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Alfredsson, Quincey, Ericsson, Gustavsson and Eaves. The RFAs who will need to be locked up will be DeKeyser and Tatar.
With our glut of forwards, the only one I think Holland will even offer to re-sign will be Alfredsson and Bertuzzi. Maybe not even Bertuzzi. Realistically, Alfredsson may not be back. On defense, only Ericsson has earned a new contract, Gustavsson may be brought back, but he won't get a raise, at least not substantial. Eaves will be gone as well. That's 16.8 million freed up (even considering Alfredsson's deferred bonus).
16.8 plus the cap going up to the high 60 million runs us around 22-23 million.
We will need to sign or re-sign a backup goalie and Ericsson, but beyond that we don't NEED to fill any positions. I'd still like to upgrade a few, but we'll have enough to ice a team.
Ericsson will take 5 million hopefully. Gustavsson, or whoever is our backup, will make between 1 and 2 million. That leaves us with 15 million to play with, give or take a few million. That's two really good players. If any such players will be entering the free agent market this summer.
I'd think Ericsson won't make any more than Kronwall. Furthermore, I do see Alfie returning. We can't afford to pay more than 1mill for a backup with Howard making so much (it doesn't make any sense). So even if the cap doesn't go up I think we can probably have around 7mill for a Vanek/Gaborik.