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05-26-2011, 11:16 PM
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They've got the room

It'll be very tight, they have 3 RFA forwards that (I've heard from their fans) are high priority to get signed, and will need to sign at least 3 defenseman.

From what their fans have said in regards to signing Richards; "We just need Drury to retire". That's all.

So yeah, get a guy to waive 7M in salary or sign 3 defensmen on ~ 5m in cap space and hope they will improve on this:

Staal - Girardi
McDonagh - UFA
UFA - UFA

Nearly 0 offense from the backend.

This whole situation won't be resolved until after they sign Richards. So he signs with the team in good faith that they will sort things out later.

Or he signs with us and fills our only vacancy, leaving us with some wiggle room as well.

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It'll be very tight, they have 3 RFA forwards that (I've heard from their fans) are high priority to get signed, and will need to sign at least 3 defenseman.

From what their fans have said in regards to signing Richards; "We just need Drury to retire". That's all.

So yeah, get a guy to waive 7M in salary or sign 3 defensmen on ~ 5m in cap space and hope they will improve on this:

Staal - Girardi
McDonagh - UFA
UFA - UFA

Nearly 0 offense from the backend.

This whole situation won't be resolved until after they sign Richards. So he signs with the team in good faith that they will sort things out later.

Or he signs with us and fills our only vacancy, leaving us with some wiggle room as well.
Del Zotto would be on the team next year, wouldn't he? He is a pure offensive defenceman, and could play #6 and be a PPQB.

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They've got the room
For NYR to sign Richards, the following has to happen:
1. Cap has to go up
2. Drury, Wolski and Avery have to be bought out
3. Anisimov, Callahan, Dubinsky and Boyle all have to be re-signed collectlively at 11.5
4. This all has to happen before July 1st
5. Richards has to be willing to take a pay cut
6. Richards has to be willing to take an offer that are most likely less than what other teams will be offering
7. It must be 100% true that Richards wants to play in New York and Sather has to anticipate that before doing all this work and deconstruction of his team

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Dreaming on a late night.

Sign Richards at 9-8-8-8-7-6-5-4 = 6.675m cap hit

Sign Markov for ~ 4M cap hit. His injury troubles will hinder his next contract a bit, we can allow players to step in part-time if he goes down. Bieksa or Erhoff are other options for similar money.

Trade Mike Komisarek and 2nd for Brett Clark, or whomever similar low tier defenseman. Not 100% sure about Clark, or his value, but we would def. need to move out salary to make this work. I was lazily hunting for a Dman with ~ 1.5M hit, to fill out our roster. I don't like the idea of 2 rookie defenders on the same line.

Trade J. Colborne, C. MacArthur, C. Gunnarson, J. Rynnas for Zach Parise

Offer to LL the option of a 2012 1st rounder, in place of any of the above players, but all are ~ the value of 1st's. Which is essentially the offersheet route. Just developed, or at least close. This deal can potentially give them a huge center they need, a 2nd tier PMD, a possible replacement for Brodeur in the future and a current 2nd line scoring winger.



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CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Joffrey Lupul ($4.250m) / Brad Richards ($6.675m) / Phil Kessel ($5.400m)
Nikolai Kulemin ($2.350m) / Mikhail Grabovski ($2.900m) / Zach Parise ($6.500m)
Nazem Kadri ($1.720m) / Tyler Bozak ($1.525m) / Colby Armstrong ($3.000m)
Colton Orr ($1.000m) / Tim Brent ($0.775m) / Mike Brown ($0.736m)
Matt Frattin ($1.300m)

DEFENSEMEN
Keith Aulie ($0.733m) / Dion Phaneuf ($6.500m)
Andrei Markov ($4.000m) / Luke Schenn ($3.000m)
Matt Lashoff ($0.550m) / Brett Clark ($1.500m)
Jake Gardiner ($1.116m)

GOALTENDERS
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.350m) / James Reimer ($1.596m)

BUYOUTS: Darcy Tucker ($1.000m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $59,678,333; BONUSES: $2,062,500
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $2,321,667

With a roster like this, we are sure-fire Cup contenders. The only thing stopping us is a sophomore slump from Reimer.

Also, NJ reconfigured roster:

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FORWARDS
Ilya Kovalchuk ($6.666m) / Travis Zajac ($3.887m) / Patrik Elias ($6.000m)
Mattias Tedenby ($0.875m) / Jacob Josefson ($0.900m) / Clarke MacArthur ($2.500m)
Nick Palmieri ($0.801m) / Joe Colborne ($1.100m) / David Clarkson ($2.666m)
Dave Steckel ($1.100m) / Adam Henrique ($0.854m) / Brian Rolston ($5.062m)
/ Rod Pelley ($0.550m)

DEFENSEMEN
Anton Volchenkov ($4.250m) / Henrik Tallinder ($3.375m)
Colin White ($3.000m) / Bryce Salvador ($2.900m)
Mark Fayne ($0.542m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($1.200m)
Matt Corrente ($0.850m)

GOALTENDERS
Martin Brodeur ($5.200m) / Jussi Rynnas ($1.950m)

BUYOUTS: Jay Pandolfo ($0.833m) / Andrew Peters ($0.166m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
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SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,231,667; BONUSES: $2,115,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $2,168,333

Not sure of their roster settings, who goes where, but it all fits cap wise.

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05-26-2011, 11:37 PM
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Del Zotto would be on the team next year, wouldn't he? He is a pure offensive defenceman, and could play #6 and be a PPQB.
Your right. That's 1 down at 1M.

They might be able to pull it off, but their gonna get stung somewhere. Rookie pairings, losing an RFA, too tight to carry a taxi squad. Either way, from BR's perspective, we're ready. We have the cap room and the team all set, with cap space even if he has an 8M hit.

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For NYR to sign Richards, the following has to happen:
1. Cap has to go up
2. Drury, Wolski and Avery have to be bought out
3. Anisimov, Callahan, Dubinsky and Boyle all have to be re-signed collectlively at 11.5
4. This all has to happen before July 1st
5. Richards has to be willing to take a pay cut
6. Richards has to be willing to take an offer that are most likely less than what other teams will be offering
7. It must be 100% true that Richards wants to play in New York and Sather has to anticipate that before doing all this work and deconstruction of his team
Not neccessarily.

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FORWARDS
Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Brad Richards ($6.600m) / Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($3.500m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.500m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.000m)
Sean Avery ($1.937m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Erik Christensen ($0.925m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
Brian Boyle ($1.000m)

DEFENSEMEN
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)

GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

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SALARY CAP: $62,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,675,000; BONUSES: $1,487,500
CAP SPACE (19-man roster): $4,725,000
Mind you there is still a need for 2 Dman, and I'm pretty sure this isn't the ideal lineup for them. It's certainly not better then ours.

Better goalie, and better intangibles from Callahan/Dubinsky, compared to Kulemin/Mac, but that is very debatable.

IMO Kessel/Gaborik is a wash right now due to MG's injury history. I also think with Richards, Kessel can easily push 40+ goals.

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05-26-2011, 11:43 PM
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Sign Richards at 9-8-8-8-7-6-5-4 = 6.675m cap hit

Sign Markov for ~ 4M cap hit. His injury troubles will hinder his next contract a bit, we can allow players to step in part-time if he goes down. Bieksa or Erhoff are other options for similar money.

Trade Mike Komisarek and 2nd for Brett Clark, or whomever similar low tier defenseman. Not 100% sure about Clark, or his value, but we would def. need to move out salary to make this work. I was lazily hunting for a Dman with ~ 1.5M hit, to fill out our roster. I don't like the idea of 2 rookie defenders on the same line.

Trade J. Colborne, C. MacArthur, C. Gunnarson, J. Rynnas for Zach Parise

Offer to LL the option of a 2012 1st rounder, in place of any of the above players, but all are ~ the value of 1st's. Which is essentially the offersheet route. Just developed, or at least close. This deal can potentially give them a huge center they need, a 2nd tier PMD, a possible replacement for Brodeur in the future and a current 2nd line scoring winger.




With a roster like this, we are sure-fire Cup contenders. The only thing stopping us is a sophomore slump from Reimer.

Also, NJ reconfigured roster:


Not sure of their roster settings, who goes where, but it all fits cap wise.
And the fact that the Devils wouldnt make that trade

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05-26-2011, 11:45 PM
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Brad Richards and Christian Ehrhoff and we're a playoff team without a doubt. Burke should ship a pick out to Chicago for Troy Brouwer's rights too. He's perfect winger for Kessel and he could be re-signed for cheap!

Brouwer - Richards - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin
Lupul - Bozak - Armstrong
Boyce - ???? - Brown

Ehrhoff - Schenn
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For those who think Richards to Rangers is easy-peasy; actually, its NOT.

Someone just explained a 7 point scenario for why that isn't easy. Also, he himself might reduce the chances of their current good players being re-signed by occupying a chunk of capspace.


The good thing with Leafs is that our 2nd line is heavily under-rated (hence low on cap), and highly productive. Also, provided Reimer remains who he is, all thats left is the #1C to come in and start playing; and most of the pieces fall in place (from forwards positions PoV).



I see a decent chance of us making a bid for him; unless, a team like Buffalo (with new ownership) makes a bid for him by going for him and dropping Conolly in UFA.

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Brad Richards and Christian Ehrhoff and we're a playoff team without a doubt. Burke should ship a pick out to Chicago for Troy Brouwer's rights too. He's perfect winger for Kessel and he could be re-signed for cheap!

Brouwer - Richards - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin
Lupul - Bozak - Armstrong
Boyce - ???? - Brown

Ehrhoff - Schenn
Aulie - Phaneuf
Gunnarsson - Komisarek
That's one expensive ass third line but I like that team overall. If that was our roster I think they'd alternate Brouwer and Lupul based on who is playing well so that would be solid advantage to have. If we got Brouwer id be kinda tempted to trade Macarthur and let Kadri and Frattin battle for a spot but maybe thats just me.

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For those who think Richards to Rangers is easy-peasy; actually, its NOT.

Someone just explained a 7 point scenario for why that isn't easy. Also, he himself might reduce the chances of their current good players being re-signed by occupying a chunk of capspace.


The good thing with Leafs is that our 2nd line is heavily under-rated (hence low on cap), and highly productive. Also, provided Reimer remains who he is, all thats left is the #1C to come in and start playing; and most of the pieces fall in place (from forwards positions PoV).



I see a decent chance of us making a bid for him; unless, a team like Buffalo (with new ownership) makes a bid for him by going for him and dropping Conolly in UFA.
Very possible IMO

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And the fact that the Devils wouldnt make that trade
So they can sign him. And make room by .............. ??

I don't think everyone is gonna agree with me on the value, but it is similar to 4 1sts. Just these players are ready now. NJ can't be rebuilding with that roster. Not with that commitment to IK, and the lacklustre fan base.

IMO, LL's best bet is to trade Parise 1 for 1 for a near similar player that fits their cap, but it's an incredibly daunting task.

This could work but it leaves no room really for anything else. Maybe 1 more contract. Too bad Belak retired, he can play both D an F.

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FORWARDS
Ilya Kovalchuk ($6.666m) / Travis Zajac ($3.887m) / Zach Parise ($6.525m)
Mattias Tedenby ($0.875m) / Jacob Josefson ($0.900m) / Patrik Elias ($6.000m)
Nick Palmieri ($0.801m) / Adam Henrique ($0.854m) / David Clarkson ($2.666m)
Dave Steckel ($1.100m) / Rod Pelley ($0.550m) / Brian Rolston ($5.062m)

DEFENSEMEN
Anton Volchenkov ($4.250m) / Henrik Tallinder ($3.375m)
Colin White ($3.000m) / Matt Corrente ($0.850m)
Mark Fayne ($0.542m) / Bryce Salvador ($2.900m)

GOALTENDERS
Martin Brodeur ($5.200m) / Johan Hedberg ($1.500m)

BUYOUTS: Jay Pandolfo ($0.833m) / Andrew Peters ($0.166m)

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SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,506,667; BONUSES: $527,500
CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $893,333

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Isn't the salary cap going up to ~63M? I could see the players in this year's UFA crop get big bucks during FA if that's true. Prepare to overpay

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So they can sign him. And make room by .............. ??

I don't think everyone is gonna agree with me on the value, but it is similar to 4 1sts. Just these players are ready now. NJ can't be rebuilding with that roster. Not with that commitment to IK, and the lacklustre fan base.

IMO, LL's best bet is to trade Parise 1 for 1 for a near similar player that fits their cap, but it's an incredibly daunting task.

This could work but it leaves no room really for anything else. Maybe 1 more contract. Too bad Belak retired, he can play both D an F.
I just think Lou would do everything possible to find a way to get Parise under contract. If for some crazy reason he just couldn't make it work then he could get a far better return then what you are offering IMO. If Schenn isn't included in the deal then Devils would just move on to a different team because we all know there would be a huge lineup.

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I just think Lou would do everything possible to find a way to get Parise under contract. If for some crazy reason he just couldn't make it work then he could get a far better return then what you are offering IMO. If Schenn isn't included in the deal then Devils would just move on to a different team because we all know there would be a huge lineup.
I think they can get a 1 for 1, far better player, but 4 players like that are sure to be highly coveted. I chose them as they all fit a need for NJ.

But your right, if they just want to get 1 guy for him, then they could likely do a trade for Stastny, if he was being shopped. His salary would fit in (barely) and he would certainly answer a need.

But then they'd still have that brutal puck moving defense, and VERY little space to make a move.

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*Warning NHL 11-like post*

Grabovski + 2nd + conditional 2nd (if he re-signs)for Brassard

Bozak + Kadri + Gunnarsson + 25th overall + MacArthur for Stastny

Trade 29th + 39th + 85 for 18-20, Draft Oleskiak.

Komisarek dumped.

*sign Richards and Ehrhoff

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Reimer - UFA?

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Not neccessarily.



Mind you there is still a need for 2 Dman, and I'm pretty sure this isn't the ideal lineup for them. It's certainly not better then ours.

Better goalie, and better intangibles from Callahan/Dubinsky, compared to Kulemin/Mac, but that is very debatable.

IMO Kessel/Gaborik is a wash right now due to MG's injury history. I also think with Richards, Kessel can easily push 40+ goals.
You have to take into account that Redden's salary goes agianst the cap during the summer.

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*Warning NHL 11-like post*

Grabovski + 2nd + conditional 2nd (if he re-signs)for Brassard

Bozak + Kadri + Gunnarsson + 25th overall + MacArthur for Stastny

Trade 29th + 39th + 85 for 18-20, Draft Oleskiak.

Komisarek dumped.

*sign Richards and Ehrhoff

Lupul-Richards-Kessel
Kulemin-Stastny-Frattin
Colborne-Brassard-Armstrong

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Reimer - UFA?
Serious?

Frattin 2nd line?
Statsny for that?

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Serious?

Frattin 2nd line?
Statsny for that?
Haha not that it makes it any better... but at least he threw the NHL 11 disclaimer at the top

Stastny could be traded for 5 70's and a 1st round pick. Throw a bunch of xp's at Frattin and he'll be an 80 in no time

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You have to take into account that Redden's salary goes agianst the cap during the summer.
This is my by my account the way NYR's situation breaks down...

They have 6 Rfa's to resign and 5 Ufa spots to fill.

All of this with a total of roughly 18 million in cap space. Thats an average of 1.6 million per player. Those include the likes of Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Boyle. Who after the seasons they've just had will all likely command more than 1.6 million next year, with two of them already making more than that in their previous deals. They also have Wade Redden's 6.5 million which goes against the cap for the summer. But keep in mind you can go over that number by 10%.

By contrast the leafs have 6 Rfa spots to fill, and 5 Ufa's (same as NYR). They have about 21.2 million dollars in cap space. Thats about 2 million dollars per player. On top of this the only two RFA's I would expect to make above the 2 million mark are MacArthur and Schenn. With Bozak and Gunnarsson coming in around 2 million. Also consider that every pending UFA spot that they need to fill is a bottom six role (with the exception of Giguere), and no UFA they have was making over 750,000.

I think that Toronto DEFINITELY has more wiggle room than the NYR, and its not even very close.

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I understand the excitement that comes with the upcoming off-season, but people on this board really need to tune their expectations. Getting a top line player requires a lot from a team, whether its players, picks or cap space (in most cases, a combination of all three).

Parise is not going anywhere. This has been made clear by everyone in NJ's management, coaching and fanbase. However, if a trade were to be made, people need to realize that it takes a lot more than most packages I've seen here (which often feature our two 1sts, MacArthur, Gunnarsson, Rynnas, etc) and such a move would do more harm than good to the state of the Leafs. Stastny and Parise are elite talent, yes, but the cost of which would outweigh any perceived benefit from having them in our lineup.

Richards makes the most sense for now since he's only a UFA and would cost us nothing more than cap space - I, however, would argue that his presence in the line-up would have a somewhat negative impact on guys like Colborne and Kadri, who we want to see develop into top line players. Obviously with Grabovski possibly moving on after next season, this could be resolved but his drastic improvement over last year might make it worthwhile to keep him around.

All in all, the speculation is fine and dandy but we shouldn't expect to see quality for quantity type deals. An elite player through trade starts with Schenn and likely involves a 2012 first (which we should ABSOLUTELY NOT deal).

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This is my by my account the way NYR's situation breaks down...

They have 6 Rfa's to resign and 5 Ufa spots to fill.

All of this with a total of roughly 18 million in cap space. Thats an average of 1.6 million per player. Those include the likes of Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Boyle. Who after the seasons they've just had will all likely command more than 1.6 million next year, with two of them already making more than that in their previous deals. They also have Wade Redden's 6.5 million which goes against the cap for the summer. But keep in mind you can go over that number by 10%.

By contrast the leafs have 6 Rfa spots to fill, and 5 Ufa's (same as NYR). They have about 21.2 million dollars in cap space. Thats about 2 million dollars per player. On top of this the only two RFA's I would expect to make above the 2 million mark are MacArthur and Schenn. With Bozak and Gunnarsson coming in around 2 million. Also consider that every pending UFA spot that they need to fill is a bottom six role (with the exception of Giguere), and no UFA they have was making over 750,000.

I think that Toronto DEFINITELY has more wiggle room than the NYR, and its not even very close.
Very good points here. Anisimov will get big bucks, Callahan will stay, but to get Richards, I could see them moving Dubinsky for a legit #1C in Richards. I mean, I don't see why they'd keep him once signing Richards. They'd have Anisimov, Stepan, and Richards down the middle. That's amazing if ya ask me. No room for Dooby, so would the Leafs take a shot at trading for his rights? Also, I'd say Boyle could be in around 1.7m with some convincing on a 2 yr deal. If he wants more, I'd gladly take him off their hands if we miss out on Richards to them

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This is my by my account the way NYR's situation breaks down...

They have 6 Rfa's to resign and 5 Ufa spots to fill.

All of this with a total of roughly 18 million in cap space. Thats an average of 1.6 million per player. Those include the likes of Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Boyle. Who after the seasons they've just had will all likely command more than 1.6 million next year, with two of them already making more than that in their previous deals. They also have Wade Redden's 6.5 million which goes against the cap for the summer. But keep in mind you can go over that number by 10%.
Actually it's closer to $20M in space if you go with a $62M cap.

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Sean Avery ($1.937m) / / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
Erik Christensen ($0.925m)

DEFENSEMEN
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) /
Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)

GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $42,075,000; BONUSES: $1,487,500
CAP SPACE (14-man roster): $19,925,000

They can do it, but it will be based on what their forward RFAs are willing to take. Not sure if these are reasonable numbers for Dubinsky and Callahan but this would be my best guess. They would be very tight to the cap next year if they signed Richards, but then Drury comes off the cap in 2012-13. They have a big bonus of having an effective top pairing that makes $7.3M combined. Also they have reasonably priced UFA vets they can add to this lineup like Eminger and Fedotenko.

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.500m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Brandon Dubinsky ($3.250m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.000m)
Sean Avery ($1.937m) / Brian Boyle ($1.000m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Erik Christensen ($0.925m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)

DEFENSEMEN
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Mike Sauer ($0.750m)
Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)

GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $51,575,000; BONUSES: $1,487,500
CAP SPACE (19-man roster): $10,425,000 for 3 roster spots

Sather could sign Richards and show Dubinsky and Callahan he's going for it, sign them to one year deals and let them know they'll hit the jackpot next year when Drury is gone.


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I understand the excitement that comes with the upcoming off-season, but people on this board really need to tune their expectations. Getting a top line player requires a lot from a team, whether its players, picks or cap space (in most cases, a combination of all three).

Parise is not going anywhere. This has been made clear by everyone in NJ's management, coaching and fanbase. However, if a trade were to be made, people need to realize that it takes a lot more than most packages I've seen here (which often feature our two 1sts, MacArthur, Gunnarsson, Rynnas, etc) and such a move would do more harm than good to the state of the Leafs. Stastny and Parise are elite talent, yes, but the cost of which would outweigh any perceived benefit from having them in our lineup.

Richards makes the most sense for now since he's only a UFA and would cost us nothing more than cap space - I, however, would argue that his presence in the line-up would have a somewhat negative impact on guys like Colborne and Kadri, who we want to see develop into top line players. Obviously with Grabovski possibly moving on after next season, this could be resolved but his drastic improvement over last year might make it worthwhile to keep him around.

All in all, the speculation is fine and dandy but we shouldn't expect to see quality for quantity type deals. An elite player through trade starts with Schenn and likely involves a 2012 first (which we should ABSOLUTELY NOT deal).
Wait, how can the acquisition of Richards be a negative thing for Kadri or Colborne?

To be completely honest, I have always been of the mind that the centre position is best filled with size (obvious exception ala crosby datsyuk). I would rather Kadri focus on modelling his game after Hemsky or St. Louis, as he would still be incredibly valuable there. As for Colborne, he is a massive playmaking centre with a scoring touch, just because we dont rush him along means we have different plans for him? I doubt it. If we get Richards, Colborne plays 1C for the Marlies, and we get him so competent linemates, that is still a great development environment. And if he impresses, he starts as 3C. I dont see how we lose this situation.

Down the line, we could potentially move Grabo to a wing, or he may move on. Lets say he does, then eventually we end up with lines like this in a few years.

Kadri / Lupul - Richards -Kessel
Kulemin - Colborne - Lupul / Kadri

Although I highly doubt thats the way it stays lol. I still want more size up front.

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I hope we get Richards because I've heard he's really good with the young guys and would be the perfect mentor for guys like Kadri and Colborne who could possbly be our top 2 centers in the future. Unless we trade for Statsny instead. But does anybody know if San Jose will be shopping Marleau or Thornton?

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