Ok I decided to fantasize a little and see what kind of team I could build within the salary cap. Also using some realistic possible pickups in free agency. (With maybe a pipe dream trade thrown in =)
It's actually pretty interesting how good of a team you can build spending all the way to the salary cap. (Hmm)So here goes,
Nash - Duchene - Hejduk
(7.8m - 5m - 3m)
Semin - Stastny - Ruutu
( 6m - 6.6m - 4m)
Landeskog - O'Reilly - Galiardi
( 3.5m - 3.5 - 1.5m)
D V G - McClement - Winnik
( .8m - 1.5m - 1.5m)
Forwards come in at 44.7, Hopefully Hishon fits in next year and Galiardi takes that spot on the 4th line LW if not its not the end of the world. Still a good deep forward group. Imagine the intangibles and what each player could bring there. Alex Semin is worth a couple years at 6m its a risk but I think Staz could make use of him.
Johnson - Hjda
( 3.5m - 3.2m)
Quincey - O'Brien
( 3.5m - 1.1m)
Wilson - O'Byrne
( 1.5m - 1.8m)
Elliott - .9m
Defense is 15.5 and our Goalies cost us 4 so its a total of 64.2 Million for that roster.
The cap will probably be around 65 million next year if nothing drastic happens. Also this includes each players bonus so we have some room to go over the cap if needed but I am not sure how that works. Most of the guys would be getting raises and would be locked up for a few years so the roster could stick pretty close to that for the next 3-5 years easily. Depending on how well everyone plays and other things we cannot see right now.
I tried to be realistic in giving raises based on what a player is making and their value.. Plus considering how they played so far this year. That's why EJ is not getting 4 or 5 million but got about 1 million more than he makes now.
Pieces I traded to get Nash are.. Jones, Barrie and our 2nd in 2012 plus our 1st in 2013. Yeah it may not be enough or maybe it would be. Also on giving out draft picks.. Nash would be worth it also with this roster or something close we could be a contender based on depth and the ability to roll 3 pretty brutal lines. Add in that 4th line is as good or better than some teams 3rd line. We have depth with Hishon, Galiardi, and Winnik able to move around the line up here and there for injuries as well. I also did this trying to pretty much completely forget that there is even a draft this year. Because with the fact that this years draft is pretty much a bust for us management seems to want to win now. Adding Nash this season plus some luck could get us into the playoffs or at least give us a boost to get back in the fight.
I did not proof read this really well or any of that. So my apologies in advance.
Well flame away.. Agree, disagree.. Make your own..