after Niemi to Arbitration... Hjalmarsson Offer Sheet
the Hawks should not match it. 3.5 Million for the next 4 years is too much for the Hawks.
We already have Keith and Campbell longterm. Seabrook should be the next and will be (Bonus comes off.. this will be his extension)
We also have Leddy and Lalonde who should be able to make the team in 11-12 and Olsen as a Top4 Dmen in 12-13.
Hawks can't afford it LONGTERM, not shortterm. We also have Toews, Kane, Hossa and Bolland with longer contracts and much money. Beach will get a new contract too.
I would say... let both go. It hurts to see them leave and it hurts to see Niemi leave for free.
But a 1st and 3rd for Hjalmarsson isn't bad at all. I would call DW and offer him a 2nd for Murray. He now would have the chance to resign Setoguchi.
--> Hjalmarsson + 2nd for Murray + 1st + 3rd
now we have a Top 4 DMen who can play with Campbell.
Now we need a Goalie. This should not be a Problem. Theodore and Turco are still out. Harding may be available.
Sign Turco or Theo for 1-2 years at 1.9 at best.
my Roster now.
Troy Brouwer ($1.025m) / Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) / Patrick Kane ($6.300m)
Viktor Stalberg ($0.850m) / Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) / Marian Hossa ($5.275m)
Tomas Kopecky ($1.200m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / * Jack Skille ($0.975m)
* Bryan Bickell ($0.650m) / Marty Reasoner ($1.150m) / Jake Dowell ($0.525m)
Brian Campbell ($7.143m) / Duncan Keith ($5.538m)
Brent Seabrook ($3.500m) / * Doug Murray ($2.500m)
* 1 Spot for FA or Trade ($1.100m) / Ivan Vishnevskiy ($0.822m)
John Scott ($0.512m)
* Theo or Turco ($1.900m) / Hannu Toivonen ($0.550m)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 21; CAP:$59.4m; CARRY-OVER PENALTY: $4.158m;
PAYROLL: $59.248m; CAP ROOM: $0.217m; BONUSES: $0.065m
John Scott as #13/#7 extra
this would allow us to get a #5 D-men for ~1 million