I still wear my Vokoun jersey with pride (and sadness that he's no longer a Predator) but anyways:
I personally did not thing we'd be so close to making the playoffs. I appreciate the collective effort of the team and staff for working so hard.
Hats off to Trotz.
Also want to give a personal shout out to those of you that support the team and go to games. I'm really kicking my self in the ass for canceling my plans to visit Nashville and see some games before my move to Taiwan, but well can't change the past.
Already saving up money to get another Predators jersey but still can't decide who's name I want on it.
Thanks for this season all, hopefully we have a good off season, draft and thanks for putting up with my banter even though I'm halfway around the globe.
We are just glad to have you as a part of the community. I always enjoy reading your posts/passion, especially knowing how far away you are !
Truth be told I don't know. If after training camp he goes back to the AHL I think he's done but if he stays and fills the 6/7 defenseman spot then you have Josi/Blum and a bunch of guys who might make the NHL. Either way, the team needs to fill the defensive roster for spots. With Spaling, Santorelli/Santorelli, O'Reilly, Jones, Pihlstrom, and Hornqvist. there is NHL talent, not STAR talent but NHL talent. I would not be surprised if the team uses three Milwaukee forwards for a 4th line.
I want to see how the above will develop. Especially Spaling.
**numbers in parenthesis for FA are what they made in the '09 season. If they are in italics, they are considered RFA.
Detroit - 09 salary of 57.05M and with 16 players signed the hit for 2010 is 51.26M Free Agents: Hossa (7.45M), Samuelsson (1.2M), Hudler (1.15M), Leino (.88M), Chelios (.75M), Conklin (.75M), McCarty (.58M), Kopecky (.53M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed : Zetterberg (6.08M), Franzen (3.96M)
Edmonton - 09 salary of 55.6M and with 18 players signed the hit for 2010 is 46.95M Free Agents: Roloson (3M), Kotalik (2.5M), Grebeshkov (1.5M), Smid (.95M), Brule (.77M), Strudwick (.65M), Reddox (.52M), Brodziak (.5M), Roy (.5M) Additions : O'Sullivan (2.39M) Subtrations: re-signed :
Florida - 09 salary of 54.38M and with 13 players signed the hit for 2010 is 38M Free Agents: Bouwmeester (4.88M), Boynton (2.95M), Skrastins (2.4M), Zednik (1.75M), Dvorak (1.6M), Peltonen (1.2M), Eminger (1.2M), Cullimore (.83M), Booth (.68M), Anderson (.58M), Stewart (.52M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed : Ballard (4.2M)
Los Angeles - 09 salary of 43.94M and with 20 players signed the hit for 2010 is 43.19M Free Agents: Calder (2.7M), Gauthier (2.2M), Armstron (1.6M), Purcell (.85M), Johnson (.85M), Boyle (.75M) Additions : Williams (3.5M) Subtrations: O'Sullivan (2.38M) re-signed : Kopitar (6.8M), Greene (2.95M), O'Donnell (1.25M), Ersberg (.75M)
Minnesota - 09 salary of 54.73M and with 16 players signed the hit for 2010 is 43.19M Free Agents: Gaborik (7.5M), Skoula (1.9M), Bergeron (1.69M), Foster (1.03M), Veilleux (.86M), Pouliot (.85M), Fritsche (.88M), Harding (.75M), Olvecky (.55M), Scott (.52M), Kolanos (.5M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed : Backstrom (6M)
Montreal - 09 salary of 61.26M and with 11 players signed the hit for 2010 is 23.52M Free Agents: Markov (5.75M), Schneider (5.75M), Hamrlik (5.5M), Tanguay (5.38M), Koivu (4.75M), Kovalev (4.5M), Lang (4M), Komisarek (1.9M), Higgins (1.9M), Bouillon (1.88M), Plekanec (1.8M), Dandenault (1.75M), Kostopoulos (.9M), Chipchura (.86M), Latendresse (.85M), Brisebois (.75M), Denis (.6M), D'Agostini (.51M), Stewart (.5M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed :
Nashville - 09 salary of 44.82M and with 13 players signed the hit for 2010 is 32.99M Free Agents: Sullivan (3.2M), DeVries (2.75M), Bonk (1.6M), Jones (.92M), Fiddler (.9M), Zanon (.75M), Nichol (.75M), Ortmeyer (.75M), Koistinen (.7M), Sulzer (.64M), Pihlstrom (.53M), O'Reilly (.51), Ward (.5M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed : Smithson (.74M), Rinne (.73M)
New Jersey - 09 salary of 55.92M and with 13 players signed the hit for 2010 is 39.91M Free Agents: Gionta (4M), Madden (2.94M), Havelid (2.9M), Holik (2.5M), Zajac (.98M), Shanahan (.8M), Weeks (.7M), Oduya (.6M), Greene (.6M), Clemmensen (.5M), Rupp (.5M), Tallackson (.48M), Vrana (.48M), Letourneau-Leblond (.48M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed :
NY Islanders - 09 salary of 40.28M and with 17 players signed the hit for 2010 is 32.94M Free Agents: Sillinger (2.3M), MaAmmond (.9M), Comeau (.74M), Hilbert (.7M), Pock (.69M), Danis (.55M), McLean (.55M), MacDonald (.5M), Fitz (.5M), Thompson (.5M) Additions : Subtrations: Campoli (.68M) re-signed : Witt (3M), Weight (2.2M), Jackman (.55M)
NY Rangers - 09 salary of 59.29M and with 10 players signed the hit for 2010 is 42.01M Free Agents: Morris (3.95M), Zherdev (3.25M), Anrtopov (2.15M), Mara (1.95M), Rissmiller (1M), Korpikoski (.98M), Sjostrom (.84M), Valiquette (.73M), Dubinsky (.64M), Betts (.62M), Callahan (.6M), Orr (.55M) Additions : Subtrations: re-signed :
I'm pretty sure that Nashville signed Sulzer to a 2 year extension in january
I was just about to mention Sulzer.
Obviously it would be ridiculous to not try to pick up some long term prospects at D but to make it a short term draft priority is not wise. Either this team can survive in Nashville and they will be able to keep Weber, Suter, and Hamhuis or they will fail with no talent and no season ticket holders.