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06-18-2014, 07:39 AM
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Fletch
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Yeah I can't see a way to field a team equal to, or better than this one with Richards still on the roster. They'd have to move some other bodies, or have a lot of kids step up and fill roles right away. Best case I think you're looking at ~$4M to resign, or replace Pouliot, and add another defender to replace Stralman because there wouldn't be enough to sign him. Plus you'd need a spare F and spare D, as well as ~$1M to operate the team day to day. And that's if we have a $71M upper limit.

I'm sure the team is just doing their homework to see what's feasible, maybe see if a team would swap bad contracts and if the recapture could be worked out. In the end, however, I think he'll be bought out. Still, that leaves a vacancy on the #1PP unit and 3C that has to be addressed somehow.
That's the key. They're evaluating each player on the roster and in the system. They know what the market for their players are, but now have to prioritize who they want back and place a number next to what they can afford and go forward on that basis. I haven't gone through the machinations yet, but I think losing Richards could create a hole, and keeping Richards could create a hole. I do think Staal improves year over year. I think McDonagh continues to improve. I think Stepan and Kreider can improve. I don't know if Nash improves or regresses. Add that to who leaves (Boyle and Richards, or Pouliot and Stralman) and who comes up, and I don't know if this team is better on paper compared to the team that just played in the finals. There are more variables I am not considering, including improving the powerplay, and all kidding aside, it doesn't automatically improve if Richards departs, but Sather will need to find a way to be creative this Summer in order to ice a playoff hockey team.

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