Thread: A Rebuild Plan
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04-21-2009, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Asterix View Post
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.
Generally agree with your choices on our FA's, though I'd rather give Kovalev the money allotted to Koivu or Lang. I know you'll respectfully disagree with that. Or keep them all. Koivu, Tanguay, Kovalev and Lang were a combined $18.5M this season, I'd like to think you could have them all back for $15-16M if you got deals done far enough ahead of July 1.

You'll likely not get Komi with $3M, it'll probably be more like $6M per that someone will pay him and for that I'm comfortable letting him go and signing some other stay at home type with 3-4M.

I like Halak, and I think he deserves better, but acquiring a vet to shadow/mentor Price seems like a decent long term strategy if you figure Price is the guy who'll be winning playoff rounds for us 5-10 years from now. It's a heavy cap hit but what about JS Giguere? He still has 2 years, $6 per on his deal, Ana is running Hiller out there in the POs so may find JSG expendable. At that contract he shouldn't cost much in trade. Then you've got a vet with a Cup win under his belt, a francophone to boot, and a guy who you could legitimately put out there to win games and who could be a proper #1 (or 1A/1B job-share) if you wanted. Down season for him this year but very solid for many years prior, so he might be a decent buy-low guy. Then when he leaves, Price is still all of 24 and ready to be the true #1 guy.

Patrick Roy in any capacity would be a gong show but maybe that's what this team needs. The syncophantic press could waste lots of time engaging in St. Patrick's antics and leave the actual players alone.

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