I was just looking over our players and our cap situation for next year, and I noticed that the majority of this team will be free agents come July. Now I know it may be a bit early to guess properly, but Im wondering who you guys think will be back (Of our free agents) next season.
Our UFAs are Kozlov, Metropolit, Belanger, Vigier, Mellanby, Sim, Boulton, Larsen, Hamel, deVries, Sutton and Hnidy.
IMO, the "locks" to be coming back are Kozlov and Exelby. I think Metro may also be back, depending on what our offseason targets are. I don't think there's much chance of Boulton, Larsen or deVries returning.
Who else is going to make an offer to Larsen, deVries, etc? I think if HiBob wants to bring any of them back he'll have the option to, and even if any of them sign elswhere, they're what he calls "plumbers" who are fairly interchangable parts and can easily be replaced.
Kozlov, Metropolit, Belanger, Sim, Sutton, Hnidy, Exelby will probably be back IMO.
Belanger is definitely pending, since we have only seen him play in one game for Atlanta.
Sim and Metropolit will have to be willing to accept 1.5 mil at max to return.
Sutton will have to take 1-1.2 mil to return.
Slava will have to want to return and only make 3.5-4 mil.
Exelby and Hnidy should be locks for 2-3 year deals.