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06-19-2013, 08:32 PM
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I know I am going to get flamed pretty hard for this but this would be my plan for the offseason if I was Holmgren.

Buyout Briere and Bryz(we cannot chance this guy getting hurt this year)

Resign Gus for 1.25/per for 2 years, resign Hall 700,000/per for 1 or 2 years.

I would trade Meszaros at the draft for anything I could get.

So we would have



This is where everyone is going to go nuts. The minute free agency starts I would call Pietrangelo's agent presenting a 1 year offer-sheet worth 12,860,000 which is the maximum a contract can be this year. I would also tell him that there will be an 8 year 64 million dollar contract waiting for him to be signed if St. Louis doesn't match. So basically it could be a 9 year 76 million dollar deal, I don't think there is a better offer that he could get. I would bet he would sign it because there is basically no way he could realistically be offered as much money. I don't know what the chances of St. Louis matching is but I bet they will be looking to sign him to a deal closer to what OEL got, so around 6.5 per for 5 or 6 years. They also have a few other RFA's that need to be signed like Shattenkirk and Stewart. I would think that 12,000,000 is what they would want to pay for both Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk for a single year. This would be my last ditch effort at getting a #1 defenseman. So if for some reason this worked we could trade Grossmann to make room, sign a goalie for 2 million or less, and have McGinn play third line LW. We would end up with this.

My Custom Lineup
Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m)
Scott Hartnell ($4.750m) / Sean Couturier ($1.375m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)
Tye McGinn ($0.775m) / Scott Laughton ($1.107m) / Matt Read ($0.900m)
Maxime Talbot ($1.750m) / Adam Hall ($0.700m) / Zac Rinaldo ($0.750m)
Jay Rosehill ($0.675m) /
Kimmo Timonen ($6.000m) / Luke Schenn ($3.600m)
Mark Streit ($5.250m) / Braydon Coburn ($4.500m)
Erik Gustafsson ($1.250m) / Bruno Gervais ($0.825m)
Alex Pietrangelo ($12.860m) / Chris Pronger ($4.941m)
Steve Mason ($1.500m)
Ray Emery ($2.000m)
Buyout: Oskars Bartulis ($0.100m)
Buyout: Danny Briere ($0.000m)
Buyout: Ilya Bryzgalov ($0.000m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $70,876,022; BONUSES: $2,800,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster):- $3,776,022

Its a pipe dream but it would be my last effort at trading for or a signing a franchise defenseman. If there is any GM in the league crazy enough to try it, it would be Homer. That said, maybe he isn't even crazy enough to try it. If it didn't work we would have about 12 million in cap space to sign free agents and use for trades to fill the 3rd line LW and a goalie.

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