Ott would be too expensive to acquire, and his 3 million cap hit is just too much to take on for next season, but he is exactly the kind of guy I'd love to have centering the third line.
Gordon is great on FO's, but I see him as a great 4th line center, but he'd still be an improvement over Boyle or Miller centering the third, if we can get him cheap it'd be a good fit and you let him go in the summer.
Goc would be a decent fit too but I think we could get Gordon cheaper and his advantage in the faceoffs would be nice.
Think we could pry Andersson from Detroit for almost nothing?
Mcd 3.975m (Staal contract)
Step should get 3-4m for 3-5yr but will get 2.5-3m 2yr deal(Logan/Duchene etc) Slats doesn't overpay RFAs...
which is crazy when ROR is getting 5m AAV when Stepan is a way better player!
But i think it helps that Carlson/FOwler signed his deal bc rangers have leverage with that.. i think he'll take a Staal type deal.. and Hags wont be an issue at all..his contract demands will be similar to callahan when he said as a Group 2..but its crazy to think these guys dont try ad sign big contracts considering how across the league these guys sign these crazy deals they arent really worth..
clowe will prob be resiged for 3-4yr 9-12m
I would love to see this happen, and think something similar to it is a possibility. It still makes the cap hit a little tight and pretty likely that Gabby gets moved. But its by no means a guarantee... especially if Slats keeps the RFAs low and is able to move a few inflated cap hits (per production/value -- i.e. Boyle, Pyatt, Asham(?)), he might be able to just barely keep Gabby hanging around. To be clear - I'd rather he moves Gabby at the deadline for decent to good value, opens up cap space, and fills in holes we have in the roster currently. But for the sake of discussion - and helping out the guys freaking out about Gabby HAVING to be moved...
This is what I've got using capgeek (mostly looking at $$, not line combos). With limited changes (just getting rid of Pyatt), and relying a bit more heavily than I'd like on the young guys sticking (Kreider/Miller/Fasth/McIlrath) here's what it might look like. Just a bit over - Slats would still have to find some extra room:
Ryane Clowe ($4.000m) / Brad Richards ($6.667m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
Carl Hagelin ($2.250m) / Derek Stepan ($3.000m) / Rick Nash ($7.800m)
Chris Kreider ($1.325m) / Brian Boyle ($1.700m) / Ryan Callahan ($4.275m)
Darroll Powe ($1.067m) / J.T. Miller ($1.244m) / Jesper Fasth ($0.900m)
Arron Asham ($1.000m)
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Dan Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($3.750m) / Michael Del Zotto ($2.550m)
Anton Stralman ($1.700m) / Dylan McIlrath ($1.295m)
Steve Eminger ($0.750m) /
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m)
Martin Biron ($1.300m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $68,247,500; BONUSES: $2,050,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster):- $1,897,500