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.
EVERYONE knows that Andersson plays like s*** when paired with slow wingers. What does babs do? Puts Cleary and Sammy on the wings. I fully expect that line to go -5 next game and single handedly lose the game.
If this ailment is true, buying out Franzen may be the best for the team in the long run, and may be best for Franzen. He still walks away with a boatload of cash and he would no longer have to deal with the pressure of NHL hockey. If we LTIR him he can't do anything and is handcuffed to the organization for a good long while.
1. Francine trade: At the worst case, trade him for Booth (reunited with Weiss... and still 1 year on his contract). Francine and twins sister's could be interesting for Canucks.
2. Quincey trade: Since his best days were in LA, I would send him, Eaves and a pick to Kings for Clifford.
3. Emmerton and a pick for Rundbland, I think that at this point his value is low... but he could be nice fit here with Either Kindl or DeKe. Provide us option for the 2nd PP unit.
4. Sammy: bye/bye
Z - Dats - Bert
Alf - Weiss - Tatar
Nyquist/Booth - Andersson - Abdelkader/Clifford
Clifford - Helm - Tootoo/Miller/Cleary
Kronwall - E
Kindl - Rundbland
DeKe - Smith
Almquist - Lashoff - Ouellet (as a 7th D)
Trading Franzen to Vancouver and taking on Booth is terrible for us! Franzen will retire before his contract is up and we will take the brunt of the contract penalty (we can buy him out this offseason instead). Instead we take on 1 more year of booth at 4.25mill and he is more useless than franzen then years down the road we get stuck with franzen's cap penalty from retirement.
EDIT: I like the rundblad idea - but bags would destroy him (another offensive dman)