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01-05-2013, 12:14 PM
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I'm bored, it's Saturday and I ought to play Skyrim but first! Time for some out of the box thinking. Assume the following:

- Cap is settled somewhere between $65-67 million.
- We have a half season; 48 games



Cory Schneider



Jake Gardiner
Joffrey Lupul
Conditional 1st 2014 (Based on if Lupul signs; defaults to a lesser pick or removed entirely if he stays)
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Keith Ballard
Low pick



Fran Nielsen
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Whether in the off season or in an immediate subsequent trade, Gardiner is flipped to acquire some of the following:

Edmonton: Hemsky+
Chicago: Any slew of their promising forward prospects
Philadelphia: Voracek
Detroit: Franzen+
Anaheim: Ryan (Doubt it under the circumstances)

The theory here we use a buyout on Booth, replacing him with the aforementioned, who better address our lack of size or playmaking on Kesler's wing. In addition, Gardiner gives us insurance should Edler or Lupul walk, neither I believe would. All this gives us a potential 2013 roster of:

FORWARDS
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m)
Joffrey Lupul ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)
Chris Higgins ($1.900m) / Frans Nielsen ($2.750m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)
Dale Weise ($0.615m) / Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) / Zack Kassian ($0.870m)
Aaron Volpatti ($0.600m) /
DEFENSEMEN
Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Jason Garrison ($4.600m)
Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)
Kevin Connauton ($0.900m) / Chris Tanev ($0.900m)
GOALTENDERS
Roberto Luongo ($5.333m)
Eddie Lack ($0.750m)
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,868,333; BONUSES: $185,000
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $4,516,667
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Evidently, the cap needs to be a little high but we could forgo the Nielsen trade, dump or buyout Ballard and roll Schroeder on that line, pushing us noteworthy under $65 million. If Lupul did walk, we simply retain Booth and the rest stays the same. Toronto gets their goalie and we address more or less all our needs. Admittedly, the third pairing is a bit spotty but we have managed with less.

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