Basically, 28 members of HF assumed roles of player, taking 2 players each. All those spots are filled, but we need 30 GMs, and still those 4 spots remain. If they are filled today, we can start signing tomorrow. all the information is in the thread, which is the link I posted above.
Please come play, we'd love to see you armchair GMs show your free agency skills!
Although I missed out on the first version of the game, I was very unhappy with the way our roster turned out. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to take over the Predators in the second version of the game and this is what I came up with.
Let me know what you think...thanks!
Goalies (2) Tomas Vokoun - $5.7 million Chris Mason - $1.25 million
Defensemen (7) Teppo Numminen - $2.25 million Dan Hamhuis - $2 million Ossi Vaananen - $2 million Niclas Wallin - $1.75 million Ryan Suter - $785,333 Shea Weber - $610,333 Greg Zanon - $600,000
Centers (5) Jason Arnott - $4.5 million Peter Forsberg - $4 million David Legwand - $1.875 million Adam Mair - $737,500 Jerred Smithson - $525,000
Left Wings (5) Steve Sullivan - $3.2 million Robert Lang - $3 million Ruslan Fedotenko - $2.166,667 Arron Asham - $950,000 Darcy Hordichuk - $517,000
Right Wings (4) Erik Cole - $4 million J.P. Dumont - $2.25 million Alexander Radulov - $918,587 Jed Ortmeyer - $650,000
Total Cap Hit for 2007-08 season: $46,235,420 Remaining Cap Room for 2007-08 season: $1,764,580
Robert Lang - David Legwand - Erik Cole Steve Sullivan - Jason Arnott - J.P. Dumont Ruslan Fedotenko - Peter Forsberg - Alexander Radulov Arron Asham - Adam Mair - Jed Ortmeyer Extras:Jerred Smithson& Darcy Hordichuk
Shea Weber - Dan Hamhuis Teppo Numminen - Ossi Vaananen Ryan Suter - Niclas Wallin Extra: Greg Zanon
To Nashville - RW Erik Cole, D Niclas Wallin, Carolina's 2007 3rd round pick To Carolina - RW Martin Erat, D Marek Zidlicky, Nashville's 2007 2nd round pick
#10 Erik Cole - Right Wing - 28 years old
Contract Status: 2 years remaining at $4 million per season
Nashville saw the opportunity to acquire a proven NHL power forward who brings not only strong physical play and scoring ability, but leadership to the organization as having won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and being a participate in the US Olympic and National Team programs. With the loss of Scott Hartnell to free agency and the need seen by the organization to add size and physical play to the club without sacrificing the elements of strong two-way play and speed that have defined the franchise over the past three seasons, the acquistion of Cole, while costing a rising star in Martin Erat, was an opportunity that could not be passed up. Cole will enter training camp penciled in on a scoring line with David Legwand and Robert Lang that we believe will be a consistant scoring threat each night, while also being a line solid in their own end of the rink.
#7 Niclas Wallin - Defenseman - 32 years old
Contract Status: 3 years remaining at $1.75 million per season
Again, Nashville saw the opportunity to address a weakness seen most at playoff time last season in the need for a veteran defensive-defenseman with a large frame. Although Wallin is not known for his physical play, Niclas owns a 6-3, 220 lb frame and is well noted for his smart play in the defensive zone and steady play with the puck. Wallin will be asked to play primarily on the third defensive unit paired with Ryan Suter and will see a regular shift on the penalty kill. A Stanley Cup Champion with Carolina, Wallin will be counted on to provide a steady veteran presence throughout the season, but especially come playoff time.
To Nashville: Nashville's 2007 1st Round Pick (previously traded for Forsberg) To Philadelphia:RW Jordin Tootoo
While this move will be largely unpopular in the Music City, Tootoo has frustrated the Predators by not working hard enough to translate his natural scoring ability into production at the professional level. Tootoo has been a sparkplug for the organization for the past three seasons, but without seeing progress in his offensive ability and his inability to play a role on special teams, we felt it was in our best interests and in the best interests of Jordin to move him to the City of Brotherly Love while reacquiring our first-round pick previously traded to acquire Peter Forsberg last season. Tootoo was not penciled into the top 12 forwards this summer and without the ability to send Jordin down to Milwaukee without being subject to waivers, we felt it was best to move Tootoo and his $700k salary to open an opportunity to carry a more verstile and cheaper player (Jerred Smithson) as an extra forward.
#21 Peter Forsberg - Center - 33 years old
Contract Signed: 1 year, $4 million with No-Trade Clause
Resigning Forsberg was a key for the Predators this offseason when Peter told us he was interested in playing another year in North America and was healthy enough to do so. Peter's immediate chemistry with Alexander Radulov last season was very evident from the first practice session throughout the end of the season. We believe that this season the chemistry between the two players will continue to blossom and Peter will serve as a positive influence not only on Alex, but the rest of our team as well. With Forsberg, the Predators believe that we are extremely strong down the middle and will pose a nightly challenge to opponents with three scoring lines each with a unique look. We realize that Peter will not play a full 82 game schedule and have planned for that with the signings of Robert Lang and Adam Mair and the resigning of Jerred Smithson, we believe that we have multiple options at center throughout the season. Signing Forsberg is a "trading deadline" acquistion occuring in the summer, much like Anaheim's acquistion of Pronger was last season. Peter is being brought here to finish what he started last season...to help bring the Stanley Cup to Nashville.
Teppo Numminen - Defenseman - 38 years old
Contract Signed: 1 year, $2.25 million with No-Trade Clause
With the loss of Kimmo Timonen to free agency and the trade of Marek Zidlicky this offseason, the Predators knew they must acquire a veteran offensive defenseman to provide quality even-strength minutes and quarterback the powerplay. When Numminen was approached it was an immediate match between his goals and the Predators franchise. Teppo will be relied upon to run the Nashville power play this season from the point alongside Shea Weber and will be counted on to provide quality two-way play at even-strength alongside fellow free agent acquistion, countryman Ossi Vaananen. Numminen will be given a role in the team's shorthanded rotation, but the extent of which will be determined as the season progresses. Teppo will serve as a great role model for the young Nashville defense and for Vaananen and fellow countrymen Teemu Laakso, Ville Koistinen, and Antti Pihlstrom as they progress through the Predators organization this season.
Robert Lang - Left Wing/Center - 36 years old
Contract Signed: 2 years, $6 million with limited no-trade clause
The signing of Robert Lang completed the Predators offseason, but was just as crucial as the first signing. Lang will be slated to start the season at left wing on a scoring line with David Legwand and Erik Cole, however Lang will be asked to take key faceoffs for the line and will also be relied upon to fill in at center should anything happen to either Legwand, Jason Arnott, or Forsberg on the top three lines. Additionally, Lang was signed for two seasons to provide insurance at the center position in the event that Legwand or Forsberg or both were lost to free agency next summer. Lang has been criticized for his decrease in production over the past two seasons coming out of the lockout, however the Predators feel that he will gel very well with his new linemates and with the decreased defensive responsibilites playing on the wing, will regain his 20+ goal scoring touch, in addition to serving as a setup man to both Legwand and Cole. Lang will also see extentsive power play time with the second unit and will be relied upon to provide an additional veteran presence at playoff time.
Ossi Vaananen - Defenseman - 26 years old
Contract Signed: 4 years, $9.1 million
(Yes, I know the jersey is misspelled...that is my fault)
Vaananen is a player the Predators have coveted for a long time and were very happy this summer to be in a position to sign him to a long-term contract. Ossi brings a 6-4, 215 lbs frame to Nashville with a reputation for banging bodies, playing responsible defense, and being an efficent puck-mover. Vaananen will be expected to play on the second pairing at even-strength and in the penalty-killing rotation paired with Numminen. Ossi will be looked upon long-term to play a role in the development of Laakso, Koistinen, Pihlstrom, and other Nashville defensive prospects as they progress to the NHL level. Vaananen will be asked to provide a physical presence in the defensive zone and to serve in a defensive-defenseman role.
Ruslan Fedotenko - Left Wing - 28 years old
Contract Signed: 3 years, $6.5 million
Fedotenko is best remembered for his 12 goal performance during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Tampa Bay that helped lead the Lightning to the Championship. Ruslan has had a couple of inconsistent seasons playing on the third line with the Lightning since the lockout, but scored 26 goals during the 2005-06 season and we believe has the potential to exceed that mark playing on a scoring line with Forsberg and Radulov. Fedotenko will be looked upon to play in a power forward role on the line creating more room for Forsberg and Radulov to operate with. Ruslan will be expected to play a strong two-way game, while using his 6-2, 195 lbs frame to get to the front of the net and play strong along the boards and in the corners. Fedotenko has shown to have good hands around the net and an above-average hockey sense that has allowed him to score clutch goals throughout his career. It is in this role that Ruslan will be asked to continue to play for the Predators. Additionally, Fedotenko is believed to be a possible replacement, should he elevate his numbers, for J.P. Dumont when Dumont becomes a free agent after next season.
Arron Asham - Left Wing - 29 years old
Contract Signed: 2 years, $1.9 million
Adam Mair - Center - 28 years old
Contract Signed: 2 years, $1.475 million
Jed Ortmeyer - Right Wing - 28 years old
Contract Signed: 2 years, $1.3 million
Signed as an energy line, the Predators like the grit, speed, and two-way play the line of Asham-Mair-Ortmeyer will provide over the next two seasons. Asham (who can play either wing) has shown to be a 10 goal, 25 point performer since getting to the NHL full-time and will be expected to be an source of additional offense from the fourth line in addition to taking a role on the penalty killing unit this season. Mair will start the season at center (can also play at either wing) and be expected to play an up-and-down physical style of hockey while playing more disciplined than last season without giving up any of the grit he is expected to bring to the lineup. Like Asham, Mair will be asked to play a role on the penalty-killing unit. Ortmeyer adds another speedy physical player with solid defensive sense and leadership abilities to the line. Jed will be a major contributor to the penalty-killing unit and will be relied upon as a defensive specialist.
All three players have the ability to play on the third line in the event of injury and all will be expected to be looked upon as positive influences in the locker room who will do their best to lead by example in their fourth line ice time. The Predators believe this will be one of the best energy lines in the league and will contribute mightly throughout the season.
Greg Zanon - Defenseman - 27 years old
Contract Signed: 2 years, $1.2 million
Zanon was resigned to provide a veteran defensive presence to the lineup and add depth as a seventh defenseman. Greg excelled as an offensive defenseman in the NCAA and carried over the offensive production during his time in Milwaukee, but he realized that it was his solid defensive play, shot-blocking ability, and leadership skills that would get him to the NHL full-time. Zanon served as the captain of the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) for two seasons while Hamhuis, Weber, and Suter all came through the system. He is a vocal leader on the ice and on the bench, but is very proud to lead through his play on the ice. The "heart" of the Nashville penalty-kill last season, Zanon will be given every opportunity to earn a full-time spot during training camp, but will be a key contributor to the Predators' defensive corps regardless.
Jerred Smithson - Center/Right Wing - 28 years old
Contract Signed: 1 year, $525,000
Smithson was resigned this summer due to his versatility and penalty-killing abilities that made him a valuable contributor to the Predators over the past two seasons. Jerred will enter training camp on the outside looking in, but don't put it past him to battle hard for a regular spot on the fourth line with his hustle, defensive prowess, and faceoff abilities.
Darcy Hordichuk - Left Wing - 26 years old
Contract Signed: 1 year, $517,000
Let's not fool ourselves...Darcy is a fighter and has been signed to play against teams in our division like Columbus, Chicago, and St. Louis and other opponents who will try to take liberties with our skill players. Hordichuk works hard to improve his all-around abilities (going as far as training in Sweden during the summer with Forsberg and other professionals), but will not receive the ice time to replicate his career high totals of 7 goals and 6 assists from two seasons ago. A non-stop motor, Darcy hits everything that moves and will not hesitate to drop the gloves when needed or when challenged. Hordichuk will play a key role in limited minutes for the Predators this season.
Overall, the Predators believe they boast three solid scoring lines each with a unique matchup problem that will give opponents problems all season long and hopefully throughout the playoffs. The goal this summer was to replace the players that were going to be lost to free agency, while maintaining the skill level of the franchise and not sacrificing the qualities of speed and two-way play that have become staples of the Predators success. We believe we accomplished that mission, while additionally addressing the issues of adding size and grit to the lineup and not setting ourselves up for any salary cap nightmares in the future. The main weakness of the Predators lineup heading into training camp will be a lack of depth in penalty-killing forwards, but we have a dearth of hard-working forwards with good hockey sense and we believe that with the guidance of our coaching staff, we will overcome that issue and excel.
Version #1 of the 2007-2008 Nashville Predators Roster...
This was the way our final roster turned out in the first version of the free agent game...our GM position was taken by BostonFan32, who admittedly knew very little about the Predators organization and even less about Alexander Radulov.
Originally Posted by Bostonfan32
Nashville's opening day roster...
Kariya (4.2) Arnott (4.5) Selanne (4.5)
Roberts (2.5) Legwand (1.875) Sullivan (3.2)
Walker (2.65) Arnason (.9) Dumont (2.25)
Erat (1.675) Radoluv (.756) Carter (.55)
Goal was to allow for room for improvement from our "young" players while putting them in positions where they can succeed and bolstering the lineup with key veterans that filled roles, fit the "Predator" profile, have a history of leadership, and were all signed to short term contracts to allow the team to "make adjustments" in the upcoming seasons as/if our "young" players are ready to take the next step.
As for the two players that jump off the top of my head that you are talking about that won't be addressed in my next point...
Martin Erat was hard to trade away, but we were able to package him with Zidlicky (not a young player, but a veteran who underachieved last season and is signed to a bigger contract) to acquire a power forward entering his prime (and signed to a reasonable contract for two more seasons) in Erik Cole and traded our all-offense, defensive liability for a 6-3, 220 lbs defensive defenseman who is signed at a reasonable contract. So we sacrificed a little age to make ourselves a better club for at least the next two years maybe longer.
Tootoo is the other player that comes to the top of my head. Would you pass up reacquiring our first round pick this year for Tootoo? On top of that, we have established that he is a marked man in Nashville and he hasn't shown any ability to enhance his offensive game beyond winding up with the big slapshot and shooting straight into the goalie's chest.
As for our other free agents...
Hartnell went to Philadelphia at 3 years, $16.8 million
Timonen went to Calgary at 5 years, $27.5 million
Kariya went to Florida at 3 years, $19.5 million
There was no way I was getting into any of those contracts as they were not in the best interests of our franchise as they committed too much money on too few players long-term to retain our homegrown players that are coming into their free agent years very soon.
Gotta lose a little to make some significant gains.