## Offseason Diagnosis: 2008 Predictions

[promoted to the front page - Joe]

Well, we're about a week away from the "actual" start of the offseason move period, the draft, and I'm bored.  Because I'm bored in the absence of hockey, and as I anticipate we'll start hearing about UFA re-signings and retirement decisions before then, this seems like a good time to start this discussion / game.  On each of the below decisions, what do you think will happen?

Go ahead and put your predictions on these issues in the comments, and I'll put my predictions in this post.  Just to add a little spice to this competition, if you beat me, there will be a prize (yes, a real one TBD by your distance to CO) for the person with the most points.  If I win, Joe has to fly out to an Avs game in CO and buy me a beer*.

Assuming people actually respond to this, I'll keep all the standings in the comments after decisions come down the pike.  The more trash talk and/or discussion of each other's choices, the better.

(My guesses in parens.  If a question depends on another response, obviously the dependent guess is null and void for the competition.  On numerical responses, it's the closest.  Each right/closest answer gets a point.  Ties all get a point.)

UFAs

Joe Sakic's return:  (yes)
Joe Sakic's cap number:  (\$5m)

John-Michael Liles' return:  (no)
John-Michael Liles' eventual team [if he moves]:  (Carolina)
John-Michael Liles' cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (4.5m)

Andrew Brunette's return:  (no)
Andrew Brunette's cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (2.5m)

Jose Theodore's return:  (yes)
Jose Theodore's cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (4m)
Length of contract: (3 years)

Adam Foote's return:  (yes)
Adam Foote's cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (4m)

Peter Forsberg's return:  (yes)
Peter Forsberg's cap number [this means prorated]: (2m)
Peter Forsberg's return date: (Feb. 1)

Jeff Finger's return:  (yes)
Jeff Finger's cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (1.5m)

Kurt Sauer's return:  (yes)
Kurt Sauer's cap number [wherever he ends up]:  (1.5m)

Scott Parker's return:  (no)

Tyler Arnason's return:  (yes. :( )

RFAs

Wojtek Wolski's cap number:  (2.5m)
Length of contract: (3 years)

Marek Svatos' cap number:  (2m)
Length of contract: (1 year)

Will they make the team on opening day? [Scratches count]

TJ Hensick:  (yes)
David Jones:  (yes)
Kyle Cumiskey:  (no)
Cody McCormick:  (yes)
Cody McLeod:  (yes)
Johnny Boychuk:  (no)
Chris Stewart:  (no)
Nigel Williams:  (no)
Tyler Weiman:  (no)

Position Battles on opening day

Third Line Center: (Tyler Arnason *sigh*)
Starting Goaltender: (Jose Theodore)

Tiebreaker

Avs overall cap number on opening day: (51.5m)

* Maybe.  If he wants to.

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