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07-31-2012, 10:07 AM
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It's interesting to look around the rosters and see just how much parity there is going to be. For example, look at the "mighty" Detroit Red Wings:

My Custom Lineup
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Danny Cleary ($2.800m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Gustav Nyquist ($0.875m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m)
Drew Miller ($0.838m) / Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m) / Damien Brunner ($1.350m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Kyle Quincey ($3.775m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Ian White ($2.875m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) / Brendan Smith ($0.875m)
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,142,045; BONUSES: $462,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $13,057,955
Good first line, Kronwall is good but definitely lacks greatness.

Man, if we would have managed to sign Parise and/or Suter, our roster would have looked like the superpower of the league. Same with Philly if they would have gotten Weber.

One thing I hope Ray learned about this year is that the big fish don't necessarily go first. While we were waiting for Parise to make up his mind, we missed out on re-signing Sullivan or grabbing someone like Ray Whitney.

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