Yup. Sounds like he wants to go into the season with the roster constructed as is.
That makes me sad.
If Peter Chiarelli continues to stick with the same guys for the next 3 years, I'll be pissed, but this is a good team returning (with 1 or 2 caveats- Horton and Rask)
If (caveat #1) Horton can come back then this team has as much forward depth as anyone in the League. Everyone wants to remember the last time you saw this team (losing to a tough WASH squad in 7 games), but this team finished tied for 2nd in G/G last year
...they don't NEED Nash (Parise would be sweet because of his overall game, but they don't NEED him either). If Horton is out then they do need to fill a big hole, but given that guys like Seguin and Marchand and Caron are getting better, they should be good up front.
The D is all set with people slotted nicely into roles from Big Z on down. The great news is that we replace Corvo/Kaberle with Hamilton. Yes, he'll be raw and will make mistakes, but by all accounts he's a future top 10 defenseman.
If (Caveat #2) Rask can approach his 2009-2012 form, then I think this team is money. Even if Khudobin is a fucking zero in the 25 games he plays (which I think we all would agree is unlikely), they would end up as the 6th seed or some shit like that. After watching the last few years of the playoffs, seeding doesn't seem so important, does it?
I'm not totally thrilled with the resigning of all of the 3rd and 4th liners (longer deals than I would like), but the team Chia is putting on the ice next year is a no-doubt Stanley Cup contender, even if they don't go buy the prettiest thing on the market.