Looking Ahead: Our 2012 UFA/RFA's
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07-10-2011, 05:03 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New York
I think you re-sign Prust and MDZ. Let the rest walk and go forward with a decent amount of cap space. Might not need any significant acquisitions next summer as we can assume one of Hagelin/Thomas/Kreider will definitely be ready for a spot.
Suter probably won't hit free agency and I'm not sure I'd pay what it would cost to lock him up just because our defense is already very good. Gleason or Carle could be realistic possibilities... Carle if we're looking for a proven puck mover who will be solid all-around; Gleason if we're looking for something more similar to Suter's mold (though obviously, no comparison there). Both could be good signings that don't break the bank. Forwards wise... it depends for me a lot more on if a guy like Kreider can jump into our top-six because I think he'd be tremendous on a line with Richards. For that reason, and in order to keep the cap manageable so that we can continue to sign our own guys like Stepan, AA, McD, etc. the next year, I wouldn't want to spend on another big forward. Keep the spots open for Thomas/Kreider to grow into. Maybe play Hagelin on the third line. I'd look into something like Ray Whitney on a cheap two-year deal where he could play in the top-six if needed or play on the third line if one of the rookies impressed enough to slot into the top six.
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