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07-09-2012, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyball View Post
This is the lineup at the moment (as I see it):

Marleau - Thornton- Pavelski
Clowe - Couture - Havlat
?? - Handzus - Wingels
Galiardi - Desjardins - Burish

Vlasic - Burns
Stuart - Boyle
Murray - Braun
Demers

Niemi
Greiss

We have about 5.5m in cap space and a full time minus a 3rd line winger. The problem is that it just FEELS like a middling team to me when I look at it. Our 3rd line is both incomplete and anchored by a god-awful Handzus. The 4th line looks ok, but the top two lines are slow, and were fairly ineffective last year. The Defense looks solid, but not 'over the top' enough to make up for the rest of the team. We have an average/good starting goalie, and a backup on a 1 year deal.

It just feels like a LOT of 'meh' to me. There is nothing about that roster that stands out and says "This team is going to contend for the cup". I just don't see it, I'm not trying to be negative, I just can't look at that roster and convince myself it's cup worthy.

Also something to consider, our potential call ups are:

Forwards:
Hamilton
Oleksuk
Stalberg
McCarthy
Mashinter
McLaren

Defense:
Irwin
Petrecki
Tennyson
Acolatse

Goal:
Stalock
Sateri

Not a promising group of forwards, no top-6 talent among them period. Defense has some potential, and some excellent options in goal.

So, all that said, what would I do at this point? Remaining somewhat realistic...

To Nashville:
Clowe, Boyle, 1st 2013

To SJ:
Rights to Shea Weber

To Minnesota:
Oleksuk, 2013 2nd

To SJ:
Cal Clutterbuck

To Jets:
Joe Pavelski, Douglas Murray, Matt Nieto

To SJ:
Evander Kane

Sign: Peter Meuller @ $2.5m x 2 years
Sign: Kyle Wellwood @ $1m x 3 years

CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
FORWARDS
Evander Kane ($4.500m) / Joe Thornton ($7.000m) / Peter Mueller ($2.500m)
Patrick Marleau ($6.900m) / Logan Couture ($2.875m) / Martin Havlat ($5.000m)
Tommy Wingels ($0.775m) / Kyle Wellwood ($1.000m) / Cal Clutterbuck ($1.400m)
T.J. Galiardi ($0.950m) / Andrew Desjardins ($0.640m) / Adam Burish ($1.850m)
James Sheppard ($0.761m) /
DEFENSEMEN
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3.100m) / Shea Weber ($7.500m)
Brad Stuart ($3.600m) / Brent Burns ($5.760m)
Jason Demers ($1.250m) / Justin Braun ($1.250m)
GOALTENDERS
Antti Niemi ($3.800m)
Thomas Greiss ($0.588m)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $62,998,750; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $7,201,250

Tons of cap space still as well in case Weber or Kane need more salary. Also plenty to add another player for depth as well.

I dunno, I wish Wilson would do something so we can get an idea of what he's thinking.
Dear HB,

Can you please fax/email/telegraph/morse code this to Mr. Wilson ASAP?

Thank you.
Fistfullofbeer

Seriously though, I would be totally ok with something like that.

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