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07-24-2012, 10:38 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky ($4.200m) / Derick Brassard ($3.200m) / R.J. Umberger ($4.600m) - RJ and Brass were showing good chemistry towards the end of last year. I suspect Dubi and RJ might go well together too. RJ's on the RW because we know he can play both, whereas Dubi is AFAIK an unknown on the right.
Nick Foligno ($3.083m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.875m) / Cam Atkinson ($0.875m) - Two big guys to go with the little guy. That and I think Foligno and Atkinson's hustle will go well together.
Vinny Prospal ($2.500m) / Ryan Johansen ($1.945m) / Mark Letestu ($0.625m) - Letestu and Prospal were both very effective all around, so I view this as a "start giving Johan *real* opportunities" line.
Colton Gillies ($0.625m) / Derek MacKenzie ($1.000m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m) - It's what we've got left. Makes for a killer defensive/checking line, IMO. Start 'em with RinTinTin and run a 1-3-1 with Gillies up front and Tyutin in back. (only half kidding)
Ryan Russell ($0.700m) / Jared Boll ($1.050m) - RRuss is Okay Depth for the checking line. Boll is... well... he's on the team... and he'll punch people...

Fedor Tyutin ($4.500m) / Nikita Nikitin ($2.150m) - I knew RinTinTin did very well. I didn't realize just *how* well until I saw some of the advanced stats. nhlnumbers is comparing them to Weber/Suter and McDonagh/Girardi. Seriously.
Jack Johnson ($4.357m) / James Wisniewski ($5.500m) - What everyone will think of as our first pairing. Given how they did together when they got here, I suspect they'll do very very well.
John Moore ($0.965m) / Tim Erixon ($1.750m)
Adrian Aucoin ($2.250m) /
- Aucoin isn't technically on the bench; I think folks are going to get rotated around as time and minutes allow. I have Moore and Erixon on here simply because I think they'd get the initial benefit of the doubt, but we'll see.

Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)
Steve Mason ($2.900m)
- Do you need to ask?

Mike Commodore ($1.542m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $55,575,476; BONUSES: $3,187,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $14,624,524

I can see it now. "Stars? We don't need no steenkin' stars."

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