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01-14-2012, 07:36 AM
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We are not that far off from being a solid team and must continue with signing are players long term.

We need to keep in mind that:
Gallagher will replace Gionta in 2 yrs time.
Leblanc should replace Desharnais after next season.
Tinordi will enter the roster in 2 yrs time.
Beaulieu may require up to 3 yrs before entering the roster - by then Marlov will be long gone.

Gomez has to go. Give me some picks and I'm happy.

A part from these guys, no notable prospect will crack the lineup. Weber, Palushaj and Kristo are trade bait as far as I am concerned.

That being said:
We need more muscle on Defense (left side) to be replaced by Tinordi.
We need to find an all around player able to play 2nd and 3rd line duties and good in the dart because unsure Leblanc is suited for pivot position at NHL level.
We need a serious 4th line center as I am not overly satisfied with Nokes

>>> If by trading Gomez we can provide solution to these needs it will be a big +.


Max Pacioretty ($1.625m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Erik Cole ($4.500m)
Andrei Kostitsyn ($3.500m) / Lars Eller ($1.500m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / David Desharnais ($0.850m) / All Around ($2.500m)
Travis Moen ($1.500m) / Face-off Phys. Size ($1.850m) / Ryan White ($0.625m)
/ 4th line energy ($0.600m)

>>> The remaining cap space with the substraction of Gionta's contract (in 2 yrs time) will be enough to pay Patches and Eller.

Tomas Kaberle ($4.250m) / Josh Gorges ($3.900m)
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / Alexei Emelin ($1.500m)
Physical Safe ($2.750m) / P.K. Subban ($2.500m)
Raphael Diaz ($1.500m)

>>> Kaberle's money will go to Emelin and Subban when his contract is up.

Peter Budaj ($1.150m) / Carey Price ($5.750m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,433,333; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $2,866,667

So now, what are the candidates?
[All around - Mid 6-9 forward]
Derick Brassard?

[Physical Safe D-man]

[Faceoff Physical Center]

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