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04-21-2013, 01:39 AM
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Right now we are at 50 contracts

We have 5 guys signed for new contracts starting next year - Kantor, MSC, Nicholls, Hughes and Allen. In addition Noreau and McColgan will most likely get NHL deals this offseason. Doubt anybody else in the organisation gets a pro NYR deal this offseason - though Ceresnak is a dark horse here. College boys and Euros will stay put. This means we have 57 potential contracts all in all - before looking at coming roster subtractions.

Expiring contracts

RFA (10)
McDonagh, Sauer, Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, Niemi, Pyett, Ferriero, Mashinter, Palmieri
I see Sauer , Niemi and Pyett not getting qualified - minus 3. Most likely the rest of these players will be resigned - but this Is not by any means etched into stone...

UFA (7)
Clowe, Hamrlik, Eminger, Gilroy, Segal, Collins, Vernace
I see only Clowe and Eminger as the possible returnees. Clowe is a huge if IMO too. I know Beacon speaks well about Vernace too...minus 5 - possibly 6 (or even 7).

I also see us ridding ourselves of a couple contracts through offseason trades. Maybe Pyatt, Wilson (for what though?), and one of Boyle/Asham/Powe. Subtract 3 more...

This would put us at around 4 contracts left to "get" for next year. Not much space to try to sign any longshot future prospects it would seem. looks like we would already have that in the organisation too. except goalies which I think we will be drafting. If Myles Bell were to be drafted, he would go pro immediately too. Methinks we will not be seeing any big offseason moves and will look at trying to sign the RFAs, add a depth defender or two into the organisation and try to get some stability by minimizing the annual roster turnover jamborees we have been witnessing. The season after sees a large number of contracts expiring as well...

What do you think?

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