After seeing the preds clear cap room with the Franson deal yesterday, I couldn't help but think that they may be chasing an elite scorer in the trade market. How would Semin work? The Caps would undoubtebly want a 2nd line scorer (preferably center) in return, but you guys have a bounty of solid prospects so something could probably be worked out. With some Trotz discipline I think Semin would be a very solid player in your system. So, what would the Preds be willing to give up for Semin (if there's any interest)?
I was speculating about this aswell, i'm pretty sure that you would have a chance at one of our elite prospects like Ryan Ellis. But I think that the main thing we could offer is draft picks packaged with prospects. I'm not sure what we would package together, but if Semin became available and Poile was interested then I think something could be worked out.
Room is to sign Weber and the RFAs... I don't think they have the room to go and get a major forward.
If our budget limit is the midpoint, then we absolutely have that money to spend.
$6.5M to Weber and $6.5M to the four RFAs puts us just above the floor, so we have plenty of money to go after a scorer. One has to assume that the cap will jump big-time with the US TV contract increasing in excess of 300%, meaning the midpoint will also move up, meaning we should have plenty of money to retain Rinne and Suter, as well.
Personally, I will be very disappointed if we just spend to the floor this year, whether we extend Rinne and Suter or not.