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04-20-2009, 11:12 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: BC
Country: Canada
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Our UFA's:

TanguayX $5.5M4 yrs
Kovalev X  
KoivuX $4M2 yrs
LangX $3.5M1 yr
KostopoulosX $1M2 yrs
Bouillon X  
Dandenault X  
KomisarekX $3M3 yrs
SchneiderX $3M1 yr
Brisebois X  

Now this is in a perfect world. For some of them (Komo and Lang), I'd go a bit higher if need be but for most, it would be the maximum I'd offer them and I'd be willing to let them walk instead of overpaying them.

I'd do everything in my power, at just about any price, to get my hands on Vincent Lecavalier, the big center we so desperately need. If we succeed, one of Lang or Koivu wouldn't be re-signed.

I'd then unload Roman Hamrlik's salary to a team of his choice (NTC), to make room under the cap.

On other UFA's, I'd test the water for Jay Bouwmeester and I'd even sacrifice Komisarek for him. Also look into the following options (not all of them of course):
François Beauchemin ($4.5M, 4 yrs)
M-A Bergeron ($1.5M, 1 yr) ~ if Schneider doesn't re-sign
Philippe Boucher ($2M, 1 yr) ~ replacing Brisebois
Mattias Ohlund ($3.5M, 2 yrs)
Manny Malhotra ($2.5M, 3 yrs) ~ Excellent face-off man
Marian Hossa ($7.5M, 4 yrs)
Chris Neil ($2.5M, 3 yrs)
Biron, Fernandez or Garon ($1.5-$2M, 1-2 yrs) ~ veteran help for Price

I'd fire Roland Melanson and replace him with Patrick Roy or someone who could work with Price's hybrid style and give him his confidence back.

I'd try very hard to bring Larry Robinson back into the fold as a defensemen coach.

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