I invite PSK to post his salary numbers and correct any mistakes I've made, but this looks like our team right now:
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Pouliot (RFA) – Peverley – Caron
XX – XX – Thornton
Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg – Hamilton
Ference – McQuaid
These guys are UFA:
Here's what I'd do:
- Strongly explore trading Thomas. Rask is clearly ready, Thomas is old, was good but inconsistent last year, and may have value to a loser of the Luongo sweepstakes.
-I'd like to keep Kelly, but I think he'll get too pricey a deal. I see no reason to break up the 4th line so I think Campbell and Paille will be back. Rolston helped, but he's gone, obviously.
-Not sure of the market for Pouliot, but at the right price I'd keep him around. Add a forward as depth for Horton, I suppose, though no one can really replace when he adds when healthy.
-Hamilton seems like a natural replacement for Corvo assuming he's "ready."
Beyond that I don't think you need to do much. If you can't deal Thomas, oh well, you have a great goaltending tandem again. You'll likely improve from Corvo to Hamilton and Seguin should get better. Beyond that you hope for health at the right time.
Edited by The Napkin, 26 April 2012 - 10:51 AM.
(changed Kampfer to Krug for ease of reference)