He's going to GR to be a mentor, only way he returns to the wings is if he beats out a kid for a spot. Don't see how that's so hard to grasp.
GR doesn't really need a mentor who can't play hockey anymore. There is no defense of this. If they wanted him to have an influence on kids, make him a player development coach. If they only want him in GR, let GR sign him.
This doesn't work as insurance, either, because we have so many kids. And Cleary isn't better than a single one of them. He can't even skate without falling down.
I don't understand why so many people are eager to get rid of Lashoff.
He's 23 years old with one full NHL season under his belt. He won't set the world on fire, but he's big, pretty physical, and has a cap hit of $725,000 for the next two seasons.
Lashoff will likely improve and will look better when the whole blueline gets more stability. He's worth keeping around for a couple seasons to see if he at least settles into a big physical bottom pairing guy.
Kindl however, needs to go. The bummer is he's signed for three more years at $2.4 millions.
I agree with this. We've got the cap and roster flexibility to be aggressive this year and I think we should be. My priorities are as follow (I'm trying to be realistic in terms of value and only acquiring guys who are believed to be available):
1. Trade Smith, Helm, and our 1st for Ryan Kesler.
2. Trade Franzen and Andersson for RJ Umberger and a 2nd.
3. Sign Niskanen (5 years, 5.5 million)
4. Sign Fedor Malykhin to a two way contract.
5. Kindl can go too, for a late pick, and replaced with a vet d-man if you felt like finding one (I didn't bother on this).
CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER CapGeek Armchair GM Roster FORWARDS
Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($7.500m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m)
R.J. Umberger ($4.600m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Gustav Nyquist ($0.950m)
Tomas Tatar ($2.000m) / Riley Sheahan ($1.000m) / Tomas Jurco ($0.709m)
Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Luke Glendening ($0.628m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) DEFENSEMEN
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($4.250m)
Matt Niskanen ($5.500m) / Danny DeKeyser ($2.500m)
Jakub Kindl ($2.400m) / Alexei Marchenko ($0.667m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) / GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Petr Mrazek ($0.595m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter) (estimations for 2014-15) SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,174,167; BONUSES: $535,833 CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $6,925,833