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03-16-2013, 06:46 PM
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DatsyukToZetterberg
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To start let's see who is a member of our core right now and how long we have them signed for:

Datsyuk, 34 years old -1 1/2 year left on his contract
Zetterberg, 32 years old - 5+ years left on his contract
Franzen, 33 years old - 5+ years left on his contract
Filppula, 29 years old - 1/2 years left on his contract (UFA)
Brunner, 27 years old - 1/2 years left on his contract (UFA)
Helm, 26 years old - 3 1/2 years left on his contract
Tootoo, 30 years old - 2 1/2 years left on his contract

Kronwall, 32 years old - 5+ years left on contract
Ericsson, 29 years old - 1 1/2 years left on contract
Smith, 24 years old - 1/2 years left on contract (RFA)

Howard, 29 years old - 1/2 year left on contract (UFA)

So that above is our current core. What we should be doing is putting our youth around that core, the opposite of what most teams do (they usually put veterans around their youth.)

So throw in:

Tatar, 22 years old - 1 1/2 years left on contract
Nyquist, 23 years old - 1/2 year left on contract (RFA)
Andersson, 24 years old - 1/2 year left on contract (RFA)

Those guys should have been on the roster from the get go in some role.

Then next year we have Jarnkrok, Sheahan & Ferraro making a push for a spot with more help on the way. Then the year after we will have Ouellet, Jurco & Pulkkinen all forcing there way up.

If we are going to overpay for a UFA this year or next are the years to do as we will have a lot of cheap ELC or 2nd contracts coming up through the ranks over the next 2-4 years.

Mind you we shouldn't go bat **** crazy and give someone like Perry 8.5M+ on a 7 year deal either. We have to find a balance of a little overpay here and then have a #7/8 playing as a #6, or cheap role players. You pay the superstars an extra 500,000-1,000,000 and you have to take away from other places, it's basic cap thinking.

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