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In Topic: Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Yesterday, 08:43 PM

I don't really see the Blues as being in cap trouble, unless they have an internal cap that prevents them from going to the actual cap.

 

They have over 12 million in cap space left to retain Tarasenko, Allen and for room to call up a few entry level contracts.

 

It doesn't look like they'll be buyers in Free Agency this off-season, but I don't seem them being at risk of having to cut players unless ownership wants them to get costs down.

 

Depends how much Tarasenko makes. There is beleif by the hockey writers in STL that he will be a 8+ million cap hit starting next year. Add in their other RFA's and they are out of cash with less than a 23 man roster. But this all has to pay out and will.


In Topic: Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Yesterday, 02:39 PM

Glad he is begining his pro hockey career. Give him a nice taste of what it is like. But let's not go overboard. The step from amatuer hocey to pro hockey is huge. Mantha reminded us of that agian this year. Let him develop on his pace, not ours as fans. If he goes to GR and dominates, GREAT! If it takes him a season or 2 to develop, no problem.


In Topic: Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Yesterday, 02:34 PM

Do you really think it's even remotely possible that these teams are just going to let their star players walk?... Chicago WILL re-sign Seabrook, Tampa WILL re-sign Stamkos, Los Angeles WILL re-sign Kopitar, etc, etc...

 

In saying that, one interesting name that I have wanted on this team for a few years now is Erik Johnson. I would give up a significant amount to get him here...

Of course those teams will want to resign their stars. But they don't have the cap space to do it. That is the point. Some teams will make moves and get it done. Others will strike out and some of these guys will become UFA's. Others will trade. It happens all the time. Now which is which? No idea. But this is a starting point.

Lets take LA as an example. Kopitar is a UFA next year. His current cap hit is 6.8 IIRC. For his next contract that will be 8 million or so. Maybe more. They are cap tight now and have to resign RFA Toffoli-another very good young C. They also have carter who was their leading scorer and is signed to a big money contract. That is 3 good C's all are or will be making big money. There is an opportunity here for a GM with some insight and guts. I would take anyone of those 3 guys. All would be a major upgrade to our team.

Same is true with the Hawks. They have several guys to resign, no cap room, and a couple big time stars hitting UFA soon. They want to move Sharpe and his contract. Not sure they can without "paying" someone to do it. If they can't move him, they will not be able to keep Seabrook. Again a window of opportunity is open here. This is where kenny needs to be on the phone and make some offers. Make these teams tell us no multiple times. 


In Topic: Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

20 May 2015 - 11:15 PM

Ok, some of the teams with cap issues as of today: Blackhawks, Blues, Rangers, Habs, Caps, Philly, Kings....

 

Here are some players that are UFA;s in 2016. Guys that these teams are going to struggle to be able to keep:

 

Dmen: Seabrook, Yandle, Schenn, Gunnarsson, I would add E Johnson of the Avs as well..

 

Forwards: E Staal, Stamkos, Kopitar, O'Reilly, Lucic, Kesler, Gagner, Backus, Ladd, Eriksson, Voracek, Perron, Okposo

 

This is a pretty good group to target. We have the cap space, lots of good young prospects/cheap players and need some stars. I would love to see (but not holding my breath) us get a couple of these guys.


In Topic: Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

20 May 2015 - 10:41 PM

Yes it is a 99% chance that Blashill is next. That could be good or bad. Never been a NHL head coach. The only other guy of interest would be Dan Bylsma-another Michigan guy with a career winning % of .628 which is better than Babcock (.620)! Both guys are in their early 40's.

 

Now I do have a question for those that question what Babs meant to this team. How many guys were under acheiving? Very few. Most of our players were play at or above their talent levels. Yes Franzen, Smith, and Jurco can and should be doing more, but that is it. Now keep in mind we had to win our last 1 or 2 games each of the last few years to even make the playoffs. That was due to Babs. he got us there. Can the next coach-whomever it ends up being, keep doing that?