Rangers offseason plan
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06-02-2011, 02:53 PM
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The projected lineup from the article...
Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1,750,000) Brad Richards ($8,000,000) Marian Gaborik ($7,500,000)
Brandon Dubinsky ($4,500,000) Derek Stepan ($875,000) Ryan Callahan ($4,500,000)
Wojtek Wolski ($3,800,000) Artem Anisimov ($1,200,000) Evgeny Grachev ($816,666)
Sean Avery ($1,937,500) Brian Boyle ($1,000,000) Brandon Prust ($800,000)
Drury Buyout ($1,666,667) Erik Christensen ($925,000)
Marc Staal ($3,975,000) Daniel Girardi ($3,325,000)
Ryan McDonagh ($1,300,000) Mike Sauer ($1,000,000)
Michael Del Zotto ($1,087,500) Tim Erixon ($900,000)
Matt Gilroy ($1,200,000)
Henrik Lundqvist ($6,875,000)
Martin Biron ($875,000)
Since this team is about $400K over the cap, I'd suggest leaving Gilroy off the team and signing a vet 7th dman to a league minimum contract or something.
I don't know how comfortable I am with Zucc's on the top line, but I think his skills might be able to shine with Richards and Gaborik. He showed us in his limited time this past season that he's not afraid to mix it up with other teams top Dmen. Remember the game against the Lightning? That stare down with Hedman? One of my favorite moments from 10/11
I love Avery still on the roster he's due for a big year IMHO. I think he's too generous thinking Grachev will make the team.
I'd also switch Anisimov and Stepan, then maybe keep Grachev in the AHL, re-sign Feds to play with Boyler and Prust on the fourth line and bump Avery up.
Also not so sure if WW is around, I think we deal him at the draft in a package for a 2nd round pick.
There are a lot of things wrong with this mock-up. The salary cap is not updated to projected values for next season. Drury's buyout cap hit would be 3.7 million next season. Also I think Richards, Cally and Dubi cap hits are a bit high. I would say they could sign all three for around 1.5-2 million less than that combined.
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