Any or all of LaRose, Upshall, Talbot (yes - Hate the Pens, but he would be a good addition with experience and just adds to the tension between the 2 teams), Konopka and a big physical stay at home defenseman.
I tried creating a line-up for next year.
Moved out uneeded: Schultz, Poti, Chimmer makes a lot for his role, and decided to take out Fehr. Varly trade/KHL too. I didn't include a possible return but made this:
Called-up Orlov and Eakin. (IMO they'll make the team)
Re-Signed Brooks, Arnott, maybe Hannan.
Signed Handzus, Upshall, Markov/Pitkanen/Ehrhoff/Jovo.
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
Alexander Ovechkin ($9.538m) / Nicklas Backstrom ($6.700m) / Mike Knuble ($2.000m)
Brooks Laich ($3.250m) / Marcus Johansson ($0.900m) / Alexander Semin ($6.700m)
Michal Handzus ($2.000m)/ Jason Arnott ($2.250m) / Scottie Upshall ($2.500m)
Cody Eakin ($0.660m)/Bradley(.600m) / Jay Beagle ($0.512m) / Matt Hendricks ($0.825m)
Andrei Markov ($2.250m)/Hannan (2.50m)/(Pitkanen/Ehroff (Top Pairing-LD~4.00m) / Mike Green ($5.250m)
Karl Alzner ($1.750m) / John Carlson ($0.845m)
Dmitri Orlov ($0.710m) / Dennis Wideman ($3.937m)
John Erskine ($1.500m)
Michal Neuvirth ($1.150m) / Braden Holtby ($0.637m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $55,867,627; BONUSES: $160,000
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $3,532,373