Letting Jones go could turn out to be Glencross 2.0. We'll have to see what he looks like after he comes back from injury but I'd keep him over Petrell if that's what it comes down to. If we want scoring from our bottom six Jones is the last guy we should be letting walk.
Yeah, right now we are missing an energy guy like Jones. If the top lines aren't going, he's the kind of guy who can throw a hit and has the hands to score a goal to change the momentum. He's definitely a guy i want them to resign.
Jones and Petrell have been good soldiers for us during these trying times but honestly it's probably time to start exploring some different avenues. It's insanity to keep reassembling 30th and 29th place teams and expect different results.
Smyth, Eager, and Hordichuk should be off the team before those two.
I like both Petrell and Jones, but I'm not sure that there's room for both going forward.
One of them needs to be replaced with a meaner, tougher guy with more offensive ability. I'd love to see Ryane Clowe on the 3rd line next year.
I'd love to see him on the 1st line.
Clowe - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Paajarvi - Hall - Yakupov
Hartikainen - Gagner - Hemsky
Petrell - Belanger - Jones
Vande Velde, M. Kassian
Streit - J. Schultz
Smid - Petry
Fistric - N. Schultz
OUT - Khabibulin, IN - Theodore
OUT - Whitney, IN - Streit (Krueger connections)
OUT - Smyth (retire), Eager, Hordichuk, IN - Clowe, M. Kassian
BUY OUT - Horcoff
I would absolutely love this team. Hall is very capable of playing center and winning faceoffs. I just don't see why we can't put him there. He has all the tools, and our center depth becomes top 10, if not top 5 in the league. The D and G is solid and reliable.
Likely a pipe dream, but this would be fantastic. Get rid of the dead weight and bring in some nastiness and reliable players.
Sam Gagner- 4 years @ $4.25M per- Need to make a statement we want him to stay, he wasn't happy with last contract negotiation. Sam has the smarts and determination to continue to improve over the duration of the contract. Ryan Jones-2 years @ $1.8M per- Maybe a little bit lower have to see how he performs for remainder of season. Magnus Paajarvi- 2 years @ $1.1M- just a little more than a qualifying offer. Teemu Hartikainen- 3 years @ $1.3M- More than he deserves based on what he has put up numbers wise, but I would like to gamble on him as a value contract for us in years 2 & 3. Darcy Hordichuk-Gone Lennart Petrell-1 year @ $850k- I'd like to have a better feel of what would be available on the UFA market prior to committing to him, really like how good he is at getting in shooting and passing lanes. Anton Lander-2 years @ $850k on a two way deal- a reasonable time frame to evaluate whether or not he is NHL calibre or if we should cut him loose. Ryan Whitney- Gone Ladislav Smid-3 years @ $3.75M- Big part of our team, but you can't sign defensive d-men to big money you always end up regretting it and Smid is constantly putting his body on the line, he will have a big drop-off like Volchenkov at some point in his career. Andy Sutton-Gone Mark Fistric-2 years @ $1.5M Theo Peckham- I'd re-sign him if Fistric plays hardball in negotiations. Definitely no more than 1 year needs to show he is committed to becoming an NHL player and I wouldn't qualify him- I'd chance him on the UFA market and re-sign him later at a lower amount to humble him a bit- I'm going to guess the offers won't come pouring in. Nikolai Khabibulin-Gone