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06-10-2012, 04:46 PM
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This is my best guess as of today:

My Custom Lineup
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Alexander Semin ($5.800m)
Gustav Nyquist ($0.875m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Danny Cleary ($2.800m) / Olli Jokinen ($3.500m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m)
Justin Abdelkader ($1.050m) / Darren Helm ($1.500m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m)
Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Drew Miller ($0.838m)
Ryan Suter ($7.200m) / Ian White ($2.875m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Kyle Quincey ($3.250m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Matt Carle ($4.300m)
Brendan Smith ($0.875m) /
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m)
Curtis Sanford ($0.850m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $70,058,712; BONUSES: $37,500
CAP SPACE (24-man roster): $241,288
A few points:

- I think there is some merit to the idea of Datsyuk wanting to play with a Russian. I also think Semin's game would turn around here. Parise's a better choice but I have a feeling he's not going to come here.

- One or more of Kindl, Mursak, Emmerton, and/or Miller will be traded or waived this summer.

- I'd rather see Filppula at 3C than Jokinen, but there's not many good top-six wingers out there (unless Holland brings Samuelsson back into the fold, which is very possible) so I think they'll settle for a skilled center like Olli. That third line has potential to be great if Cleary is healthy... good size, talented. Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Jokinen-Helm is pretty awesome center depth.

- I'm not sure Suter is worth $7.2 million, but I think it's going to take $7m+ to bring him here.

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