ames Neal, a young & big (6'2 & 210 lbs) left wing is currently an RFA with the Dallas Stars. This past season, he had 55 points (27g/28a). His agent is saying that he is determined to become a better and stronger hockey player and has hired Gary Roberts, the same trainer that Steven Stamkos had last summer, to add more strength in his game. Here is the compensation list for this season up to the Salary that I think Neal could grab:
The compensation list for this season is (compensation is on the average hit of a contract):
*$1,020,348 or below: No compensation.
*$1,020,348 to $1,545,981: A third-round draft choice.
*$1,545,981 to $3,091,963: A second round draft choice.
*$3,091,963 to $4,637,944: A first-round choice and a third-rounder.
*$4,637,944 to $6,183,925: A first- a second- and a third-rounder.
If the Avs offer a little over $3 million, than they only give up a 2nd rounder, which Neal was drafted in the 2nd round in 2005. As a need for the LW position and the Avs most likely not going after Kovalchuk or Bobby Ryan (because of a higher salary most likely), than Neal is a viable choice if the Stars don't offer a matching offer sheet.
What do you think?