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05-13-2011, 12:05 AM
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2011-12 Roster/FA Discussion & Cap Tracker

an unfortunate early welcome to your 2011 offseason's cap-tracking, free agent-speculating, to-trade-or-not-to-trade, roster-retooling, line-juggling, management-and-coach-questioning extravaganza!

OVERVIEW: roster is all set; either we like it, or we've got a little over $5.8mil to change it with if things don't work out as planned.

[handy roster building/cap calculating tool from capgeek; also has a daily cap tracker.]
[list of unrestricted free agents (UFAs) from capgeek: here]
[list of restricted free agents (RFAs) from capgeek: here]


Detroit Red Wings
#PlayerPosition2011-2012 Cap Hit2012-2013 Cap HitContract Length
 Forwards    
13Pavel DatsyukC/LW$6,700,000$6,700,000thru 2013-14
40Henrik ZetterbergC/LW$6,083,333$6,083,333thru 2020-21
93Johan FranzenRW/LW$3,954,545$3,954,545thru 2019-20
51Valtteri FilppulaC/LW$3,000,000$3,000,000thru 2012-13
26Jiri HudlerLW/RW$2,875,000UFAthru 2011-12
11Danny ClearyRW/LW$2,800,000$2,800,000thru 2012-13
44Todd BertuzziRW/LW$1,937,500$2,075,000thru 2013-14
96Tomas HolmstromRW/LW$1,875,000UFAthru 2011-12
17Patrick EavesRW$1,200,000$1,200,000thru 2013-14
43Darren HelmC$912,500RFAthru 2011-12
20Drew MillerLW/RW$825,000$825,000thru 2012-13
8Justin AbdelkaderC/LW$787,500RFAthru 2011-12
39Jan MursakRW$550,000$550,000thru 2012-13
48Cory EmmertonC$533,333$533,333thru 2013-14
 Defense    
5Nick LidstromD$6,200,000UFAthru 2011-12
23Brad StuartD$3,750,000UFAthru 2011-12
52Jonathan EricssonD$3,250,000$3,250,000thru 2013-14
27Kyle QuinceyD$3,125,000RFAthru 2011-12
55Niklas KronwallD$3,000,000$4,750,000thru 2018-19
18Ian WhiteD$2,875,000$2,875,000thru 2012-13
4Jakub KindlD$883,333$883,333thru 2012-13
 Goalies    
35Jimmy HowardG$2,250,000$2,250,000thru 2012-13
31Joey MacDonaldG$550,000$550,000thru 2012-13
 Bonus Carry-Over    
   $450,000  
      
 Projected Total: $58,442,044$42,279,544 
 Salary Cap: $64,300,000$64,300,000 
 Cap Space: $5,857,956$22,020,456 
Notes:
Green = 35+ years old at contract signing; only way[s] to relieve cap hit is LTIR, claimed on waivers, or traded

*6/20 -- (D) Nick Lidstrom re-signed for 1-year @ $6,200,000
*6/23 -- cap updated to $64,300,000 upper limit
*6/30 -- (D) Jonathan Ericsson re-signed for 3-years @ $3,250,000 per
*7/1 -- (D) Mike Commodore signed for 1-year @ $1,000,000
*7/1 -- (F) Patrick Eaves re-signed for 3-years @ $1,200,000 per
*7/1 -- (F) Drew Miller re-signed for 2-years @ $825,000 per
*7/2 -- (D) Ian White signed for 2-years @ $2,875,000 per
*7/20 -- (G) Ty Conklin signed for 1-year @ $750,000
*10/31 -- (D) Niklas Kronwall re-signed for 7-years @ $4,750,000 per
*2/21 -- (D) Kyle Quincey acquired from TB via COL; pro-rated $3,125,000 salary this year, RFA this summer
*2/22 -- (F) Todd Bertuzzi re-signed for 2-years @ $2,075,000 per
*2/27 -- (D) Mike Commodore traded to TB


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I think Eaves is a lock for another contract. He's a valuable player to have and plays well with Helm.

That gives us 13 forwards signed after Eaves is tied up. The question is, do we go with Emmerton or see what we have in training camp. I'm not sure what his situation is, but doesn't he have to go through waivers to play in GR next year.

I see possible candidates for that 13th forward position to be Miller, Emmerton, HTD and Draper. If Draper wants one more year, they'll give him one more year. I just hope it's less than a million.

Another move I want is to see Hudler traded, waived, whatever. He's wasteful on the top 6 and useless in the bottom 6. No size and no speed. We could do better. I saw Erik Cole mentioned, I think he's an instant upgrade over Hudler. He's older, but we're not looking long term anyways.

Can't do much about Homer. We're stuck with him for another year

Next year's forward lineup:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Bertuzzi-Filppula-Franzen
Cleary-Helm-Eaves
Abdelkader-Emmerton-Mursak
X, Y

X=Hudler, Cole, middle 6 UFA forward
Y=Draper, Miller, HTD

Defensemen

Lidstrom.

All depends on this guy. If he comes back I would like to see somewhat of a pay cut. We are limiting his role, he doesn't PK anymore and he can play less EV IT.

Salei, was fine IMO. He can come back for less than a million if we can't find anyone better. I think Smith needs one more year in GR.

If we can get Weber, my life will then be complete. It's a risk, but I think it's worth taking. We can structure his contract so we can fit it under the cap eventually. The worst case scenario, Nashville matches and we get a pop at Suter next year.

Other options could be Ehrhoff (not defensively solid though, but will help on the PP) or Bieksa (need more defensive defenseman).

Kronwall-Stuart
Ericsson-Rafalski
Lidstrom-Bieksa
Kindl

Kronwall-Weber
Ericsson-Rafalski
Kindl-Stuart
Smith/Salei

Kronwall-Ehrhoff
Ericsson-Rafalski
Lidstrom-Stuart
Kindl

Howard is number one goalie. I have not problem with that. Backups can range from MacDonald, Larsson, McCollum, to cheap UFA's like Garon, Labarbera, Boucher and Conklin. I think Roloson, Vokoun, Bryzgalov and Hedberg will cost too much. I doubt NYI let Nabokov go, and I don't think he'll come cheap either.

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Looking through the list of FA's in defense, we could build a solid D-corps with the cap space we have. White, Ehrhoff, Pitkanen, Wisniewski, Bieksa, Markov are all available at the right price.

If Holland has the guts to do it, go for Weber or even offer-sheet Doughty or try to acquire Bogosian.

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I think Eaves is a lock for another contract. He's a valuable player to have and plays well with Helm.

That gives us 13 forwards signed after Eaves is tied up. The question is, do we go with Emmerton or see what we have in training camp. I'm not sure what his situation is, but doesn't he have to go through waivers to play in GR next year.

I see possible candidates for that 13th forward position to be Miller, Emmerton, HTD and Draper. If Draper wants one more year, they'll give him one more year. I just hope it's less than a million.

Another move I want is to see Hudler traded, waived, whatever. He's wasteful on the top 6 and useless in the bottom 6. No size and no speed. We could do better. I saw Erik Cole mentioned, I think he's an instant upgrade over Hudler. He's older, but we're not looking long term anyways.

Can't do much about Homer. We're stuck with him for another year

Next year's forward lineup:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Bertuzzi-Filppula-Franzen
Cleary-Helm-Eaves
Abdelkader-Emmerton-Mursak
X, Y

X=Hudler, Cole, middle 6 UFA forward
Y=Draper, Miller, HTD
Deep down Draper's got to know he should move on. However I think he will give it one more shot and we know Detroit won't argue against it. If he signs for anything more than $800k though I'll be pretty angry.

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Keep Lidstrom (if he decides to play another year obviously), Eaves and Ericsson...the rest of them can walk. We're seeing more and more that Nick can't play the minutes he used to and I think they should lean towards getting a guy that can play top 4 minutes. Phase Nick back to 20 minutes a night and save him for the spring. If he doesn't return, then you get agressive and go for a legit top 2 or top 4 guy in his prime.

The backup goalie position should be an interesting spot to watch...Ozzie is done and MacDonald was decent at times but you want a guy to spot Howard 25-30 starts so you keep him fresh for the spring. I'm all in with Howie going forward...signed for a reasonable price the next 2 years and he gives this team a chance to win every night.

I'm not going throw out names without really digging into who would be available but I would like to see Mursak get a full time gig next year and Kindl should get more opportunities to play as well. The Wings best forward prospects aren't quite ready to make the jump but I'd envision seeing Nyquist at some point in the next two seasons. Sheahan needs another year in school to develop and Pulkkinen will be a guy to watch next year. I hope Smith continues to develop in the AHL and by '12-13, he'd be a candidate to crack the lineup full time.

For the most part, the team next year is going to look very similar to this year...but I'd like to see some younger legs mixed in. The 2012-13 Red Wings should be the start of a larger re-tooling of the roster as guys like Holmstrom, Rafalski, Hudler and Bertuzzi come off the books. Kronwall and Stuart will be due for new deals but you'll have your core of Hank, Pavel, Mule and Flip in place. If their prospects develop and they continue to spend wisely, they shouldn't drop off much in the next several years. As long as Babs is the coach of this team, never count them out.

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Ericsson is gone if he's unsigned until July 1st. He's got a big payday coming from some foolish, terrible team. (Panthers? Isles? Oil?)

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Ericsson is gone if he's unsigned until July 1st. He's got a big payday coming from some foolish, terrible team. (Panthers? Isles? Oil?)

If they can keep him for under $2 million a year, I'd be okay with that. I really wish he would consistently show some snarl. With Kindl in the mix, you can reasonably let him walk but you're going to need to sign at least one FA defenseman with Salei likely not coming back and if Ericsson walks. I wouldn't push Smith for a spot until the following year.

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If they can keep him for under $2 million a year, I'd be okay with that. I really wish he would consistently show some snarl. With Kindl in the mix, you can reasonably let him walk but you're going to need to sign at least one FA defenseman with Salei likely not coming back and if Ericsson walks. I wouldn't push Smith for a spot until the following year.
I think a lot of the shine is off in the eyes of Holland and Babcock on Ericsson but I think they still like him.

I'm not sure how much I think he's worth but I think if he's signed it'll be short term.

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Ericsson is gone if he's unsigned until July 1st. He's got a big payday coming from some foolish, terrible team. (Panthers? Isles? Oil?)
If it's more than $1.5-2 million, then he can walk. If he wants a shot at the Cup, he'll stay, if he wants more money, then he is free to go to a bottom feeder. This year was a major improvement for Ericsson. He had an absolutely pathetic 09-10 season, but if he can learn from guys like Lidstrom and Kronwall, if he uses his body more and is mature on the blue line, I'd like him on my team. And he's the only guy we can put with Rafalski without destroying the other two defensive pairings.

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I think a lot of the shine is off in the eyes of Holland and Babcock on Ericsson but I think they still like him.

I'm not sure how much I think he's worth but I think if he's signed it'll be short term.
I'm worried they'll overpay. He can command more on the open market than he'd be worth to the Wings. I'd rather solidify that Lidstrom spot (one way or the other), then see what's left.

I also think they need to get Smith some DRW games. He's gotta take the next step. Not sure how I feel about Kindl any more. He's okay, but seems to lack some kind of energy or passion or something.

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I'm worried they'll overpay. He can command more on the open market than he'd be worth to the Wings.
Agreed. Look what Lebda got.

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I'd rather solidify that Lidstrom spot (one way or the other), then see what's left.
I'm not sure what you mean. Solidify the Lidstrom spot before Lidstrom retires or?

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I also think they need to get Smith some DRW games. He's gotta take the next step.
I still think we're one year away from that. How many years has he been in the AHL?

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Not sure how I feel about Kindl any more. He's okay, but seems to lack some kind of energy or passion or something.
I think this is where we as fans get ahead of ourselves. It's like, we have to see so much of a player in their rookie year or it's time to move on.

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The cap will go up about $3 million and give us about $14.5 million to play with, but we also have a few bonuses to give Salei and Modano and we usually want $500,000 or so to use during the season. So, I think we will have about $13.5 million to be creative with.

Assuming Lidstrom comes back, it sets up for one more run from this core before a large portion of the roster becomes a UFA or RFA the following off season. Given how it sets up, I expect him back at a reduced rate around $5 to $5.5 million. Ericcson is back for roughly $2 mill a year and Eaves/Draper/Miller come back for a combined $2.75 million or so. I think they will go cheap with the backup goalie and pay Joey Mac between $500,000 to $750,000.

If we split the difference with those totals and add them to our other salary cap hits, that is roughly $58.5 million with 14 forwards, 6 defenseman and 2 goalies and we still easily have $3 million to comfortably play with. I doubt Emmerton makes the club, so his $500,000 gets taken away and I can see them shopping Hudler for a lower round draft pick to an Eastern Conference team (like Florida) needing to get to the salary floor. He only has one year left on his contract, he's scored a half a point a game over the course of his NHL career mostly on bottom lines and he could be a reclamation project like Leino. I don't think his cap hit is that bad if the team that acquires him gives him top 6 minutes and I think he has value given his past success. He just doesn't fit in well here under Babcock, needs new scenery and we need less one-dimensional forwards. Its a perfect time to go our separate ways.

Parting with Hudler and Emmerton gives us an additional $3.4 million of cap space, and lets us comfortably work with roughly $6.5 million. Given that we already have 12 forwards, 6 defenseman and 2 goalies and do not need to fill further roster spaces, we can use this money to significantly upgrade the roster with 1 big addition (Brad Richards?) and one small addition (re-signing Salei for cheap) or 2 guys worth a little over $3 million. I wouldn't mind kicking the tires on a top-tier forward like Richards if he takes a bit of a discount to come to a Cup contender, but if that doesn't work out, then I think we need to pick up a top 4-ish defenseman to help cover for any further decline that Lids and Rafalski show and a top 6 forward who can play strong 2-way game and be counted on for more ES minutes than guys like Bert and Cleary. That, or we pick up 2 roughly top 6 forwards, re-sign Salei and count on Kindl and Ericsson to get better, pass on more responsibility to Stuart and Kronwall and wait until the following off season to do a make over to our D corps when most of them are up for UFA.

I think the pieces are in place for another run as we were right there with a great team like SJ in a series that could have gone either way. But, given the expected decline of some of our guys and some of our injury issues, we will need continued improvement from Kindl, Ericcsson, Helm, Abdelkader, Eaves and Miller to give us better depth and I think we need either one major addition or two solid additions to to the top half of our roster to make us one of the favorites again entering next season. Luckily, with the money with have available and if we are able to trade Hudler, we will have the ability to make those necessary moves. The key will be picking up the right players and at acceptable cap hits.

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Here are two rosters I posted in the other off-season thread. Doubt we'll see either one happen, but I think they're both possibilities:

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FORWARDS
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Simon Gagne ($2.700m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Patrick Eaves ($1.000m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Jan Mursak ($0.550m)
/ / Kris Draper ($0.750m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.500m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) / Jan Hejda ($2.500m)
Brendan Smith ($0.875m)

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Jose Theodore ($0.900m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,709,044; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $3,690,956
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FORWARDS
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Patrick Eaves ($1.000m) / Michal Handzus ($2.200m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Jan Mursak ($0.550m)
/ / Kris Draper ($0.750m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.500m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Christian Ehrhoff ($5.000m)
Brian Rafalski ($6.000m) / Jan Hejda ($2.500m)
/ Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Jose Theodore ($0.900m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $62,333,711; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $66,289
The thing with the first scenario is I can't see Holland leaving over $3.5 million in cap space on the table.

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There's 2 things I'm sure of when it comes to Lidstrom and if he comes back or not:

1) He'll make 6m minimum. Nothing to do with him being greedy, just the way the team is structured. I know there's always hurt feelings during the Lidstrom threads about how he doesn't care about the team () and how selfish he is () but his decision is mutual with the team, so that's all personal to the individual who has those feelings.

2) If he DOES retire, I'm 100% certain we will not, I repeat, will not sign a 6m player to 'replace' him. We'll move guys up the depth chart and sign guys in the spots of the players moved up. We won't sign a Weber, we'll sign another Stuart. Which isn't a bad thing.

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There's 2 things I'm sure of when it comes to Lidstrom and if he comes back or not:

1) He'll make 6m minimum. Nothing to do with him being greedy, just the way the team is structured. I know there's always hurt feelings during the Lidstrom threads about how he doesn't care about the team () and how selfish he is () but his decision is mutual with the team, so that's all personal to the individual who has those feelings.

2) If he DOES retire, I'm 100% certain we will not, I repeat, will not sign a 6m player to 'replace' him. We'll move guys up the depth chart and sign guys in the spots of the players moved up. We won't sign a Weber, we'll sign another Stuart. Which isn't a bad thing.
I'm not sure how you can be sure of such things.
I hope you're not suggesting that Lidstrom needs to be paid as much as Rafalski, just because he's better than Rafalski. If so, that means Ericsson should get about $5.5 million.

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CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Nikolai Zherdev ($1.500m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.400m)
Dick Axelsson ($0.850m) / Zenon Konopka ($0.800m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.700m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($1.700m) / Eric Brewer ($3.550m)
/ Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Joey MacDonald ($0.550m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
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SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,533,711; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,466,288
Brewer is a BIG upgrade over Salei, although Ericsson would need to shift right. Brewer isn't all that physical, but he's a vet.
Zherdev has big scoring ability, perhaps, with Datsyuk.
Maybe Axelsson steps in a becomes a scoring line guy
Konopka gives us a great faceoff guy who can really dish it out.

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I'm not sure how you can be sure of such things.
I hope you're not suggesting that Lidstrom needs to be paid as much as Rafalski, just because he's better than Rafalski. If so, that means Ericsson should get about $5.5 million.
Needs?, interesting word. Nope, I don't believe he needs to.

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CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Nikolai Zherdev ($1.500m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.400m)
Dick Axelsson ($0.850m) / Zenon Konopka ($0.800m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.700m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($1.700m) / Eric Brewer ($3.550m)
/ Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

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Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Joey MacDonald ($0.550m)

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SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,533,711; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,466,288
Macdonald as a backup? seriously?

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Macdonald as a backup? seriously?
I don't care who the back up is, as long as he doesn't cost more than $800,000

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Macdonald as a backup? seriously?
There's still $1.5m in cap space with that roster. Swap in Theodore for $900k or something.

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I still think we're one year away from that. How many years has he been in the AHL?

Smith played in the AHL all-star game last season. I think he will be ready, and will be a lot stronger than Kindl was this season for us.

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Smith played in the AHL all-star game last season. I think he will be ready, and will be a lot stronger than Kindl was this season for us.
So do you want to go with Ericsson, Smith and Kindl as our 5-6-7 guys?

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The cap will go up about $3 million
good call, forgot to mention this.
i'll be updating when we get the official number from the NHL.

this coming year will be somewhat interesting to see how management handles things, but for 2012-13, we're not even at half of the current cap, and only have 1 d-man signed (plus Smith at that point, i'd assume.) Homer & Bert will probably be done... this team could be vastly different.


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Ericsson is gone if he's unsigned until July 1st. He's got a big payday coming from some foolish, terrible team. (Panthers? Isles? Oil?)
I don't think the Oilers will be spending friviously, unless it is very short term. The same could be said for the Panthers who are loaded with young prospects but not in Edmontons fortunate position either. There are more teams stuck in the 9-12 range in either conference who would be rolling the dice. I hope we keep Ericsson myself, to give up on him now could be a big mistake.

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moves:
(before i'm burned at the stake, i'm also fine if we keep Filppula, but signing b.rich would be an upgrade at 2nd center and make Flip expendable; i'd like to get Pav and/or Hank an elite scoring winger, and Stafford would be a stud here.)
*re-sign Lidstrom, Eaves, and Miller
*sign Richards, 6 years / $33 million-ish; less than market i'm sure, but maybe willing to take a discount?
*trade Hudler, Ericsson's rights, B-prospect (Ferraro?), 2011 1st round pick to ATL for Bogosian
*trade Filppula to BUF for Stafford (straight up gets it done i think, maybe add a late 2012 pick)

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FORWARDS
Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Drew Stafford ($3.000m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Brad Richards ($5.500m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.500m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / / Drew Miller ($0.750m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.500m) / Zach Bogosian ($3.000m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Random McBackup ($0.550m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,817,044; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $382,956



-------or-------
moves:
*same re-signings, but no B.Rich signing
*CB's Zherdev idea intrigues me, worth a shot if i keep Flip around on Pav's wing
*same Huds/Bogo trade
*dip our toes in the NYI water to see what they want for Nabby
*carry a 7th d-man (Janik) because i have way more cap space than i'm sure the Wings will have

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Nikolai Zherdev ($1.750m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.500m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Drew Miller ($0.750m) / / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.500m) / Zach Bogosian ($3.000m)
Brian Rafalski ($6.000m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)
/ Doug Janik ($0.512m)

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Evgeni Nabokov ($0.570m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,599,544; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,600,456

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