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02-07-2010, 03:02 PM
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Posted this in another thread but it's just as appropriate here:

Out The Door:
Rozsival ($5M) - Traded for a draft pick.
Redden ($6.5) - Waived.
Jokinen ($5.25) - Traded at the deadline for a draft pick/prospect.
Lisin ($.79) - Don't re-sign.


That's $13.69 in cap space opened up for July 1.

Re-sign:
Staal (RFA) - Give him a raise from $.826 to $2.5.
Prospal (UFA) - Give him a raise from $1 to $2.5.
Girardi (RFA) - Give him a raise from $1.55 to $1.86.
Christensen (RFA) - Give him a raise from $.750 to $1.
Prust (RFA) - Give him a raise from $.500 to $.750.

That leaves us with $9.71 in cap space for July 1.

Here's our roster before July 1:

Prospal - Christensen - Gaborik
Dubinsky - Anisimov - [Empty]
Callahan - Drury - Avery
Voros - Boyle - Prust

Brashear

Staal - [Empty]
MDZ - [Empty]
Girardi - Gilroy

[Empty]


Lundqvist
[Empty]

Filling those holes with $9.71 in cap space:
Volchenkov (UFA) - I offer him a front-loaded contact that keeps his cap hit around $4. If he takes it, great.

or

Lydman (UFA) - I like his game. He hits and blocks a lot of shots and won't be very expensive either. I offer him a front-loaded contract that keeps his cap hit around $3.75. If he takes it, great.

If one of these defenseman signs, I fill the other spot with Sanguinetti ($.800).

Now we have $4.9 to find a second line winger, a 7th defenseman, and a back-up goaltender. Shows you how badly Drury's contract kills us. The going rate for a third line center is probably around $2.5. That extra $4.5 million would be huge.

I guess we could throw Grachev or our first round draft choice into the fire, keep Johnson as backup and find a waiver-wire 7th defenseman, but the offense is going to be brutal again.

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