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05-16-2011, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Winger98 View Post

Jiri Hudler ($2.875m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Drew Miller ($0.650m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Patrick Eaves ($0.850m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m)

Eric Brewer ($4.900m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)
Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.000m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
/ Jeff Woywitka ($0.650m)

Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Chris Osgood ($0.900m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,308,711; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $891,289
Osgood is a placeholder as much as anything. Just sub pretty much anyone in there for that money. Up front, Eaves might cost a bit more. We could give it to him, but I don't think he'll ever be much more than he is and probably shouldn't be paid much more than he is. I gave him a $100K raise.

On the blueline, I went with Brewer because I figure he can be had at that price. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done. Guys like Ehrhoff and Pitkanen I expect to come in north of $5M, and that starts getting dicey with Lids coming back at near full price. I picked Woywitka because he's big, he became pretty solid with Dallas this year, and he still has upside. Another guy I would look at is Steve Eminger.

Unless we move Hudler and/or Lids takes a solid paycut, I just don't see a lot of room for movement. I'd like to see us focus on younger guys, but most teams will probably have a similar focus. If we wanted to make more moves, we'd probably have to look at older guys willing to take less for a shot at a cup before they retire (McCabe, Jovo).
I like Brewer, but I don't think he'll come in that high. His career just never matched the expectations. He's never had a 30 point season.
He always seemed good against the Wings, and I'd take him, but I don't think I'd pay more than $4M for him. He's a great skater. But he's 32. So how long will he be a great skater.

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