I don't know about everyone else but I am already thinking about this years free agency. Who should we sign and who should we let go? We also should keep in mind about the cap space. Will it increase or decrease? This can affect our primary target of Kovalchuk.
I will go ape **** if we sign Marleau. Guy is Drury part 2. Second rate center that's going to get superstar money.
Ehh, he isnt as good as his point totals show but the guy has legit wheels and legit skills. I would say that without Thornton he is about a 75 point, 30 goal guy. Still a 1st liner, but he is definitely more suited to wing. If he took something like 5-5.75 million I would grab him in a heartbeat. But I doubt he will.
Girardi- keep/ ok w trade for young F
Parenteau- keep for callup
Prust - keep
Lisin- keep . ok w trade aswell
Prospal- keep if he takes a cheap deal
Jokinen- let go
Zaba- let go
For FA signings
Other names include:
Morris (could be a possibility)
The recent trade frees up 3 million for the Rangers.
Girardi- trade for young F/pick at deadline (Mueller?)
Staal - keep
Valiquette-bye bye - nice fail
Heikkinen- keep (if possible)
Parenteau- ev keep for callup
Prust - ev keep for minor raise. Wait n see
Christensen-ev keep for cheap
Lisin- trade or keep for cheap. ok with either
Prospal- deal at deadline - then keep if he takes a cheap deal
Jokinen- let go
Zaba- let go
Dump Rozie (trade) + Redden (God knows)
Sign Kovie, Volchenkov, John Scott.
N Wallin or Tallinder are other defensive options if Volchenkov is too expensive.
Christensen-less then a million?
Prospal-trade at deadline, bring back on a 1 year deal
Jokinen-trade at deadline
Zaba-keep for ahl depth
As much as I love Marleau it's a mistake signing him. He's hitting his peak now and he's playing with Mr. Assist himself, Joe Thorton. I just know if Sather signs him, he'll get $7M for years with a NMC.
We need to get rid of Rozi and Redden and trade for Tyutin. Also, since we have absolutely no gritty forwards on our team, I think Ott and Bertuzzi are good pickups. As for scoring talent, there's a lack of (big lack) younger goal scorers on the UFA market this year. Sadly, Marleau might be the only choice as far as goal scorers go, and, while the addition of him wouldn't be that bad, with Sather's signing skills, it would be.
agreed i would want him no more than 2 years at 6 mill per, i can always grind out 2 years with any given player especially someone like marleau that plays hard and is a lock for 25 ginos id say. and volchencov will improve our d.
Here's my 20 million dollar question, With all the hoopla of Ilya going to the Debs, what do you think Sather shifts his focus down onto the Lightning to pull a certain number 4 (Vinny) and bring in a legit center, which by the way is something we need more than a winger? WOuldnt surprise me in the least...