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05-14-2012, 07:36 AM
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Blind Gardien
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Well, I figure you draw up the first cut like this:

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR ROSTER
My Custom Lineup

FORWARDS
Brian Gionta ($5.000m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Zach Parise ($10.000m)
Max Pacioretty ($1.625m) / David Desharnais ($0.850m) / Erik Cole ($4.500m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Lars Eller ($1.750m) / Travis Moen ($1.750m)
Blake Geoffrion ($0.803m) / Louis Leblanc ($1.170m) / Ryan White ($0.688m)
Brad Staubitz ($0.575m)

DEFENSEMEN
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / Ryan Suter ($8.000m)
Josh Gorges ($3.900m) / P.K. Subban ($3.750m)
Alexei Emelin ($1.500m) / Raphael Diaz ($1.500m)
Frederic S.-Denis ($0.666m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

GOALTENDERS
Carey Price ($5.500m)
Peter Budaj ($1.150m)

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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,609,583; BONUSES: $300,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $390,417
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... and while you do everything you can to make the Parise/Suter dreams come true, you realize all the while that it's not really going to happen. (Although we *can* have the cap space to accomodate it - it won't happen for reasons other than cap space). So you have to also have a few other copies behind the first page of where you see things going when you don't get Parise/Suter.

I have Geoffrion and Staubitz above, but you can put them in a camp battle with Palushaj or other filler types without it really affecting the cap.

I've dealt Kaberle for a whatever-th round pick and banished Gomez, but they may drift back into the picture when the mega-$$$ to Parise/Suter go by the wayside. Kaberle may drift back into the lineup. But he'd have to be joined by a solid guy like everybody already mentions of the Bryan Allen, Barret Jackman, etc type. And if I wasn't blowing big money on Parise, I'd have to get at least one semi-scoring winger to replace him, but I'd also look at improving things in the bottom-6 with the remaining $$$. Fewer openings for the kids in that scenario.

One example could be like below... have to get a couple of top-6-candidate wingers, but they are likely to be risky ones. I don't really care what names you want to pick and choose in there... preferably not purely soft/small guys... I took AK and Penner, but go ahead and create a list of 10-12 options, really... you probably have to throw offers in the direction of that many guys on July 1st, and see if any stick.

Similarly the D that replaces Suter... throw the $4Mish offers in direction of all the best candidates. Jackman is only illustrative of my favourite, but you have to put a few other names in the hat. And then maybe look at a depthier vet/toughness addition as well. Again, I put O'Brien as one candidate, but you probably need a list of 10 or so.

Then for me to compensate for not having landed the really big name UFAs, I want to make a rock solid 4 lines, and we again *can* have the cap space to do that. It means extra development years for kids like Leblanc and Geoffrion, fine, they can use it. The names are again placeholders, make a list of all kinds of options there, Prust isn't likely to leave New York, and Gaustad is actually a bit overpriced if you ask me, even if he's still representative of a player calibre/type I'd like to put in that lineup spot...

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR ROSTER
My Custom Lineup

FORWARDS
Max Pacioretty ($1.625m) / David Desharnais ($0.850m) / Erik Cole ($4.500m)
Brian Gionta ($5.000m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Dustin Penner ($4.250m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Lars Eller ($1.750m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($3.000m)
Brandon Prust ($1.750m) / Paul Gaustad ($2.600m) / Travis Moen ($1.750m)
Ryan White ($0.688m)

DEFENSEMEN
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / Alexei Emelin ($1.500m)
Josh Gorges ($3.900m) / P.K. Subban ($3.750m)
Tomas Kaberle ($4.250m) / Barret Jackman ($4.250m)
Shane O'Brien ($1.500m) / Raphael Diaz ($1.500m)

GOALTENDERS
Carey Price ($5.500m)
Peter Budaj ($1.150m)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,145,833; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $854,167


And I'm not apologizing for length. The real plan probably has to have 10-20 pages of payroll charts, interspersed with 100 or more pages of pro scouting reports on the candidates. On my desk by 9AM June 15th, svp.

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