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11-30-2012, 12:26 PM
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If you end up with a 50/50 split which seems inevitable that means the salary cap would probably top out around $63.3 million per team for 2012-13. Depending on how the CBA works out it would be a good time to jettison the following contracts or not sign the following players:

Cleary
Bert
Eaves
Emmerton
Homer
White
Kindl

That would save you right around $10.4 million. With those guys off the books the DRW would have close to $12.4 million available beneath the cap with 2 goalies, 5 d-men (including Smith), and 12 forwards. Nearly a full hockey club, just need 1 d-man. Of those players included on the roster the following are RFA/UFA and need new contracts:

Filppula +1.5 million per year
Brunner same
Nyquist +0.5 million per year
Miller +0.25 million per year
Mursak +0.25 million per year
Smith + 1 million per year
Howard +1.75 million per year

That's an additional $5.25 million in salary. Deduct that from your $12.4 million and that should leave you with just about $7.2 million to go after free agents.

You could offer Alex Edler a very reasonable contract in the $6-6.5 million range. It's advisable to leave a bit of cap space for call ups and whatnot. So with all that out of the way here is the lineup.

Nyquist-Datsyuk-Franzen
Filppula-Zetterberg-Brunner
Mursak-Helm-Samuelsson
Miller-Abdelkader-Tootoo

Kronwall-Edler
Ericsson-Smith
Quincey-Colaiacovo

Howard
Gustafsson

Tatar and Lashoff would probably be your call ups in the case of injury.

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