Love how that d corps would look for the next five years (at least)
I think Kindl-Ericsson is the better 2nd pairing right now, but in general I agree!
So of White, Quincey, Lashoff, Colaiacovo and Huskins... who goes back to Calgary and who stays? I think if we get Dekeyser, Lashoff might as well get moved (as a young stay at home), but Calgary might want someone more experienced (would they take White back? Or an injured Quincey?). I just hope we don't have to trade Kindl. Clearly I'm a fan.
Jbo would be a good fit for Detroit's system but we don't really need him right now. And I would be really upset if we gave up one of Jarnkrok/Sheahan/Tatar/Nyquist for him. For that matter, XO and Sproul should be off the table as well.
We really need to clear out this excess fat (aka glutton of average roster players) like Quincey, Cola, White, Abdelkader, Cleary, Eaves, Sammy/Bert, Lashoff/Huskins.
So here's a roster where we get Bouwmeester, resign Filppula and Howard and Brunner. Then sign Regehr and Torres
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Valtteri Filppula ($4.750m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Damien Brunner ($2.250m)
Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Gustav Nyquist ($1.250m)
Raffi Torres ($1.750m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.840m)
Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) / Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m)
Joakim Andersson ($0.850m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jay Bouwmeester ($6.680m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Jakub Kindl ($1.750m)
Robyn Regehr ($3.000m) / Brendan Smith ($1.750m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
Jimmy Howard ($5.000m)
Buyout: Mikael Samuelsson ($0.000m)
Buyout: Todd Bertuzzi ($0.000m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (0.098% of upper limit)
Carlo Colaiacovo ($0.025m—1.0%) Kyle Quincey ($0.038m—1.0%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,453,962; BONUSES: $160,000
CAP SPACE (25-man roster): $6,038
That said, I don't want to pay a big price for a soft, left-handed D