Last year the experts expected us to be a bubble team, and we were, but I thought we were better than our record showed. Especially at the end of the year.
This year the experts predict a first or second place finish and I have to agree with them. Boston seems like our biggest threat and they are going through pretty significant changes just like us
I don't see why we can't contend for the eastern conference title and then some
It's only one year and there's nothing wrong with having competition on the 4th line. Didn't we have 5 4th liners in 2008?
Edit: that was assuming Cleary ends up on the 4th line. I don't really want Tatar to end up down there
I know a lot of people don't like Sammy, and he isn't my favorite player either, but I think some of the hate is a little over the top. Before his injury, he was always good for about 1/2 a point per game. That's pretty decent if you ask me.
In a 4th line role, I would love Sammy. Other than that we don't really have room for him.
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m)
Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Daniel Alfredsson ($5.500m)
Gustav Nyquist ($1.000m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.840m)
Danny Cleary ($2.600m) / Joakim Andersson ($0.875m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m)
Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m)
Kyle Quincey ($3.775m) / Jakub Kindl ($2.400m)
Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m) / Brendan Smith ($1.000m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
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(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,844,545; BONUSES: $3,010,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $465,455
Sammy and miller rotate in and out of the 4th line. I like our team!