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01-14-2012, 10:05 AM
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Realistic "ideal" roster:

-trade gill, campoli, kaberle by the deadline for picks/prospects
- bury Gomez in the summer
- sign T.Gleason @ 4 yrs, 3.9M$/year
- sign J.Slater @ 2 yrs, 1.25M$/year

re-sign:
Subban, 4-5 yrs @ 4.875M$/year (under 5M on 4+ yrs)
Price, 4-6 yrs @ 5.75M$/year (under 6M on 4+ yrs)
Kost, 2-4 yrs @ 4.25M$ (under 4.5M on >4yrs)
Moen, 2-3 yrs @ 1.75M$ (under 2M on >3yrs)
Diaz & Emelin, 2-3 yrs @ 1.25M$
Eller 2 yrs @ 1.75M$



FORWARDS
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Erik Cole ($4.500m) / David Desharnais ($0.850m) / Max Pacioretty ($1.625m)
Travis Moen ($1.500m) / Lars Eller ($1.750m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($4.250m)
Mike Blunden ($0.750m) / Jim Slater ($1.250m) / Ryan White ($0.625m)

Depth = Leblanc, Palushaj, Engqvist, Gallagher/Kristo?...

DEFENSEMEN
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / P.K. Subban ($4.875m)
Tim Gleason ($3.900m) / Josh Gorges ($3.900m)
Alexei Emelin ($1.250m) / Raphael Diaz ($1.250m)
Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

Depth = Nash, St.Denis, AHL UFA, Beaulieu/Tinordi/Ellis?

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

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $59,108,333; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $5,191,667


I'd be happy going into 2012-2013 with something like that.

It's not awe-inspiring, but there is another depth up front and a solid balance throughout the lineup that with Price backing that group and a solid coaching staff in place, we should compete comfortably for a top-6 spot in the conference.

Keeping ~5M$ in cap space let's us stay in the conversation if any truly elite players become available during the season (Nash? Getzlaf/Perry? Weber?), or to make in-season adjustments to deal with injuries/bolster the deadline

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