First off I can't believe I have to make this thread, had someone brought this up 2 days ago I would of jumped down their throat for spewing such nonsense. But now it seems we could use his services and may have the money to pay him. That being said what do you guys think it would take to get him here how much of an impact would he have and is it feasible?
Here's my attempt.
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
James Van Riemsdyk ($1.654m) / Brad Richards ($7.000m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m)
Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Jakub Voracek ($2.500m)
Eric Wellwood ($0.580m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Wayne Simmonds ($1.750m)
Jody Shelley ($1.100m) / Blair Betts ($0.700m) / Tom Sestito ($0.577m)
Zac Rinaldo ($0.544m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Carle ($3.437m)
Braydon Coburn ($3.200m) / Erik Gustafsson ($0.900m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.666m) / Brian Boucher ($0.925m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,950,039; BONUSES: $2,965,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $349,960
If we're going after Brad Richards, that means there are other roster moves that have to be made first. Guess the logical choice here would be Versteeg.
I think it's more likely that we will add either a 3rd line center or a solid winger in the 2.5-3M range. As for centers though, there aren't that many great ones out there as ufa's this year. Handzus is slowing down, Madden is a 4th line center these days, Belanger is nice but I'd like some more size, Reasoner is a player I like but I don't think he is a third line center on a cup contending team.