Oh, we're doing all of them? I just thought about the most likely ones. I'd like to see Kozlov, Brash, Feds, Schultz, Morrisonn, Flash, and Nylander all gone. I'd keep Theo to split time with Czarly. Johnny probably has to go since we can't keep him.
Let's not panic after a overall great season. We need fine-tuning, not a fire-sale.
Morrisonn, however, is at the top of my sh** list right now. He was terrible. No way they can bring him back. I'd like Schultz to be shown the door, but that's BB's boy.
Other than that, the only guy who NEEDS to go is Nylander. Maybe Theo, maybe, and probably Fedorov (it pains me to say that). Flash you keep, at least through next season, because he's so damn cheap, and because he could still turn out to be a decent player.
Start with the UFAs: Fedorov, Kozlov, Johnson & Brashear. All should go except perhaps Johnson if Theodore is dealt. Given the lingering endurance concerns about Varlamov, I'd be inclined to keep Theodore. It's hard to see Varlamov starting 55-60 games next season unless he changes quite a few things over the summer that allow him to pace himself better.
After that you'd imagine they'll look to dump Nylander (unlikely IMO) and package together some assets to upgrade the D and/or bring in more character and grit up front.
Fedorov never really recovered from his ankle injury. If the offseason doesn't cure that, he will retire. If it does, I expect he will be back. The bonus cushion is back in place and so Fedorov's contract will be far more flexible cap hit wise.
Nylander and Theodore will be gone one way or the other. The goalies will be Varlamov and Johnson.
I expect McPhee to repeat in some form his Eminger and a pick for a 1st to choose Carlson at this year's draft. He has Morrisonn, Schultz and Lepisto to work worth. That would also allow him to use his first and another asset or two of value to get the playoff veteran defenseman that so obviously need.
They don't need to rip the defense apart, but Green doesnt have the experience to lead the group and Poti is just not strong enough to do it. The Caps need a Pronger or a Kubina. Someone with a big body and his name on the cup.
Let me add that I would be fine with trading Poti and keeping Pothier.
Theodore will be gone one way or the other. The goalies will be Varlamov and Johnson.
I don't see how that makes any sense.
A buyout of Theodore would reduce the payout from $4.5m to $3.0m, paid two years at $1.5m per. Johnson wants a raise, probably to the tune of $1.5m. If the Caps buyout Theodore and sign Johnson, they are still stuck paying out the full $4.5m for a goalie, and only reduce their cap number by $1.5m total. Theodore is worth $1.5m more than Brent Johnson, don't you think?