We shoould sign Rachunek. Solid defenceman and he wouldn't be too expensive. Not as expensive as your Sourays. Rachunek can play as a top four d-man well. I don't know why but this seems like a no brainer to me. (If I was GM)
At this point he is not a top 4 d man. I watched him in NY all year via TV and he seemed to become a whipping boy on their message board, although I don't agree he deserved most of it. If you could get him in the 1 to 1.5 mil a year range to be your #5 I would take the chance. Still young, big and can skate. I would like the signing.
as funny as it sounds I would be willing to do just Boyton and Rachunek. It costs us nothing prospect wise/ asset wise and both contracts are going to be very managable compaired to what the UFA's are going to sign for this year.
Boyton has 2 years left at 2.9 mil cap hit. Play him as #4 with Visnovsky as a #3 giving Vis a boatload of PP time to up his minutes play.
Rachunek should be had in the 1.5 mil range and would make a great #5 to pair with a rook such as Piskula. Offer him a 1 or 2 year contract.
Next year salary structures should stay the same as Visnovsky and Blake should reverse salaries, JJ and Piskula should be on rookie contracts.
Either way, until we invest in a proper goalie does it really matter who we put in front of them.