Trade McBain for a pick, 3rd or 4th round, whatever. Just get him gone. Sign Scuderi for the second pair and Kurtis Foster for the 3rd. Keep Bergeron to run the PP and let Murphy get a year in Charlotte. Sign Curtis McElhinney or Cedrick Desjardins as the backup G. Rask and Nichushkin/Monahan make the jump, if one or both is not ready then they get sent down and replaced with Dalpe and/or Welsh (or Terry, or whoever, it couldn't be any worse than LaRose was this year).
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My Custom Lineup
Jiri Tlusty ($1.600m) / Eric Staal ($8.250m) / Alexander Semin ($7.000m)
Tuomo Ruutu ($4.750m) / Jordan Staal ($6.000m) / Valeri Nichushkin ($1.400m)
Patrick Dwyer ($0.900m) / Victor Rask ($0.863m) / Jeff Skinner ($5.725m)
Brett Sutter ($0.550m) / Riley Nash ($0.735m) / Andreas Nodl ($0.700m)
Nicolas Blanchard ($0.538m) / Tim Wallace ($0.700m)
Justin Faulk ($0.900m) / Tim Gleason ($4.000m)
Joni Pitkanen ($4.500m) / Rob Scuderi ($3.400m)
Jay Harrison ($1.500m) / Kurtis Foster ($0.950m)
Marc-Andre Bergeron ($1.000m) /
Cam Ward ($6.300m)
Curtis McElhinney ($0.800m)
Buyout: Derek Joslin ($0.125m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (1.428% of upper limit)
Jussi Jokinen ($0.900m—0.3%)
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(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,103,833; BONUSES: $292,500
CAP SPACE (24-man roster): $488,667
Rationales: First line stays together. Second line is physically imposing, crashes the net and plays a power/cycle game, should be the best defensive line. Third line is all speed, takes advantage of third pair d-men and the other team's worst defensive forwards. Fourth line should be solid defensively with the ability to chip in just a little offense. Nash can move up in the lineup as needed in case of injury, leaving Wallace/Blanchard to round out the fourth. On defense, Scuderi provides crease clearing, shot blocks and provides a physical presence. Foster is huge, not mobile but smart, has a big shot and is right-handed. Backup goalie is just a guy, but at least a guy with a good track record of AHL success.
Last edited by Roboturner913: 05-05-2013 at 10:37 PM.
I can't find the specific quote of the guy we are taking at #5 will be in the NHL next year. The closest I got was this:
“We have a chance to get another outstanding player like a Jeff Skinner this year,” Rutherford said. “What I’m told by our amateur scouting staff is the top six players are the elite players and the guy we pick at five could be as good as the guy picked at one.”
I don't recall a quote that whoever we draft would be expected to make the team next season, but given JR's quote you pulled, and MacDonald's quote from the same article, it is a pretty easy jump that the Canes brass expects the guy they select to have a good chance to be with the Canes next season.
“I don’t want to make any rash predictions but there are probably six or seven players in the draft who may be NHL ready,” MacDonald said.
I was always under the impression that what he said was that a player taken on #5 could contribute right away. But if you read between the lines a bit, it seems like he kind of expects it to based on some comments (and his history). For instance, this one:
Michael Smith @MSmithCanes 2 May
Rutherford: No. 5 pick will be better than any trade the team could have made at the trade deadline.
Let that quote be a reminder of Skinner's importance to this franchise, rather than his replaceability.
It's nice to hear how JR values this pick for the upcoming draft and I have a strong feeling we'll be drafting Nichushkin.
Oh God I hope so.
Who here actually watched all 35 minutes of the end of season press conference? JR was asked if he would draft based on the teams needs, and he said he's sticking to best player available, and that his scout staff believes that player at 5th would be a forward and able to make an immediate impact.
Reporter: Is there any thought to packaging a pick and a player and moving up in the draft? If you could get to #1? (18:18 in)
JR: No. I don't think we need to do that based on what our amateur scouting staff is saying. What I'm told is that whatever - first of all it's a great draft. It's almost maybe as good as the '03 draft and teams that are going to pick later in the first round are going to get very good players. Could even get a star player, okay? And even into the second round, but what I'm told by our amateur scouting staff is that the top six players are the elite players and the guy that we pick at 5 could be as good as the guy picked at 1. Now obviously there's a difference of position whether the defenseman goes one or two or wherever he goes, um, you know, there's value at getting that defenseman. But, I don't think the team that's thinking to get the defenseman at the top of the draft is going to move their pick. And it may turn out that the guy we pick at 5 ends up being as good as the guy that's picked at 2, so - so -
Reporter: So do you think you'll go for an offensive player probably?
JR: Um, yeah, those are the guys that fall in there yes.
And then at the beginning of the presser when JR is summing up the season (~1:13 in):
JR: ... and the draft pick we're ganna get, fifth overall, that our scouting staff and everybody in hockey says this is one of the top drafts, that this player will be an impact player for the Hurricanes.
I think that second one is what most people are using to mean they play next year. But in reality, that claim is never made. Just that the drafted player will be an impact player, not that he will be impacting immediately.
He didnt say it verbatim...but he did include the pick directly after mentioning the core players in regards to taking a step forward next year after taking a step back this year. Im not sure what more needs to be said as it seems pretty clear.
Well, it's obvious that there's an expectation the drafted player should be able to jump into the NHL immediately. But the draft is still almost two months away and we haven't even had the combine. Obviously they have an idea of who to draft, but that is just an idea. The possibility remains whoever we draft could be a flop or just simply not be NHL ready next year.
What I'm gathering from the conversation upthread is that JR expects that the player he drafts will be an impact player and he might even be good enough to come in and thrive immediately at the NHL level.
ie, JR is not expecting the player to play in the NHL next year, but he is hoping for it.
I'm not sure that really excludes any of the top-shelf players. To me, all JR has said clearly is that he expects to take a forward. That forward might very well come to camp and not be ready, or he might be committed to a foreign league that prevents him from joining the team right away. I wouldn't make any hard predictions on which forward JR decides to take, based on generalized comments about how good the group is.
Or he could just mean that whoever is drafted at #5 overall will probably be better than whichever bargain bin garbage players were available at the deadline when the drafted player reaches their potential, but let's just continue reading really far into it anyway.