I agree with Brad Richards if we can sign to a good deal. I would also like to sign Stephen Weiss as our #1 centre and Richards as #2. Retain Nystrom instead of McDermid. Sign Horton and trade or buyout Cole.
Trade: Daley and 10th to CAR for #5th...I would even add in Glennie to make it happen
Sign: Clarkson (Sand paper and skill), Prospal (scoring veteran presence), Cleary (Red Wings net front screen and versatile center...also Cup winner), Rozsival (logged lots of min in CHI and Cup winner), Ellis (veteran back up who can play 15-20 games off the bench...and ex-Star)
Still leaves $7.1m under cap
Loui Eriksson ($4.250m) / Jamie Benn ($5.250m) / David Clarkson ($5.000m)
Ray Whitney ($4.500m) / Cody Eakin ($0.638m) / V. Nichushkin ($2.000m)
Vinny Prospal ($2.900m) / Danny Cleary ($2.500m) / Alex Chiasson ($0.900m)
Antoine Roussel ($0.613m) / Vernon Fiddler ($1.800m) / Reilly Smith ($0.900m)
Sergei Gonchar ($5.000m) / Alex Goligoski ($4.600m)
Stephane Robidas ($3.300m) / Brenden Dillon ($0.900m)
Aaron Rome ($1.500m) / Michal Rozsival ($2.500m)
Philip Larsen ($1.025m) /
Kari Lehtonen ($5.900m)
Dan Ellis ($0.950m)
Buyout: Eric Godard ($0.233m)
Buyout: Erik Cole ($0.000m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,158,611; BONUSES: $35,000
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $7,176,389
99% sure Clarkson is gonna re-sign in New Jersey. Seems like he really loves it there, not sure what the hold-up is.
Waiting for offers from Toronto probably. New Jersey and Toronto are basically his only choices, Toronto is where he grew up and New Jersey is where he is comfortable (With a coach he's known for a very long time).
We talked about this a month or so ago. Even if he can possibly play center it appears he's played wing far more than center. Even if he can play center in the future I wouldn't dream of playing him there next season.