Salo @ $2m, Ballard @ $4.2m, & Schneider @ $900k, so $7.1m, minus Parise's $6m? $1.1m. For a defenceman and a backup goaltender? Impossible but even if it were fiscally possible:
Edler Tanev ($900k cap hit, not $550k)
That's NOT a Cup calibre backend. Sorry.
Really, eh? He's had two weeks of starter status and that's it. Yeah, I'm sure Jaroslav Halak might have a problem with that considering he had six months of hot play, including a cramp free playoff run taking out playoff giants, and only barely managed $3.8m. Jonathan Quick, $1.8m. Tuukka Rask's 2009-2010 season dwarfs Schneider's career so far. Antii Niemi won the freaking Cup and still didn't get the $4m he was looking for.
Corey Crawford's salary is more than fair market value for what Schneider has done so far.
My argument is not that Parise isn't what this team needs, my argument is that salary needs to go the other way and Schneider is not the type of character to screw a franchise by signing an offersheet. In fact, he really likes playing for this current team and has already proven to buy in to a team first philosophy so what makes you think Gillis couldn't convince him to buy in to the salary cap pie philosophy?
I agree we need offensive help, and Parise would be a great acquisition, but our backend is already weak and you're advocating weakening it further by forcing Salo into retirement. Ballard needs a change of scenery, you're also right about that but I think our assets are a better fit considering Anaheim's needs (young #2 center, top-4 D, possibly more speed on the wing) and our needs (Luongo's erratic play necessitates a stellar backup).
Hodgson, Raymond, Ballard & a prospect or a 1st for Ryan & Kurtis Foster makes more sense from our perspective because it delays the Luongo/Schneider decision until the draft (and the way things are going Luongo would welcome a move at that point since he already hates the media in this city, let alone our disgusting fanbase). It makes sense from Anaheim's perspective as well. Raymond could fill in on Koivu & Selanne's line until Blake is ready to go at which point he could slot in anywhere from 1st line LW to Cogliano's wing. Boudreau would be very familiar with Ballard's skillset having faced Florida over and over.
Well if Gillis could make something happen for Ryan I would be equally ecstatic. Bottom line is I think for this team to win we need one more superstaresque player on our team, be it defenseman or 2nd liner.
Waiving or trading Manny would free up enough space to bring up Lack as Luongos backup, and say, Parent as our 7th dman. Alberts and Rome have proven to be more than acceptable 5-6 dmen, and while we would be wearing a bit more thin on defense, we also would be so set on offense that we wouldn't have to worry about that as much as in previous years.
We are talking about a top 9 of
That is a cup caliber top 9. That team will be a force. With Lu playing well in goal and a healthy dcorps, that team is SCARY. A lot scarier than last year. We could even afford to lose 1 or 2 forwards to injury without needing to panic like we did last year.
Manny is not living up to his 2.5 million dollar contract right now, and with the emergence of Cody really isn't needed as a 3rd line cenre anymore. Let another team have him for free. He was a UFA signing anyway.
Yea it may hurt some fans to completely cut our losses on Kb4 for free, but its honestly the best decision this team could make if there are no takers for him on the trade market. He was a mistake, and its time to move on.
This team could be a bigger offensive powerhouse than Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington with the right trade and cap work.
I think Lu has shown that he plays better when he actually has to make some big saves. Why worry about providing him with an insane D when hes the type of goalie to let in more bad goals than good. Let him make the huge save after save like he used to do in 2007 and lets hold our offense more accountable. Noone seems to blame them in a playoff run we got moreless snuffed out in, in a lot of games. Save a few high scoring games we really didn't cut it.
Sure LA may make a run at Parise but at this point I think Schneider is more valuable than Bernier, and depending on what they're willing to also part with is unknown.
MG and LG could make it work. I think Kesler deserves Parise, and our top 2 lines would be too hard to neutralize.
Edit: as for your Rask-Schneider contract comparison. Apples and Oranges. Rask has motivation to sit and chill at a reasonable contract knowing that it won't be long before he is the starter of a VERY good team that will be VERY good for years to come. Schneider would have to wait...oh about 10 more years before he could be the starter here. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Sure we have Lu's out clause that could kick in sooner, but do you really think hes going to bank on that?
He is a good sport, but he wants to be a starter. Its common sense. Hes not going to pass up a 4-5 million longterm offer sheet to stay here. What does Gillis do then? We can't be spending 5 millon on a backup in this cap era. He's worth a Kessel like offer, and teams will do it if it means locking up his services for 5-6 years.
Corey Crawfords contract was different cause it gave him the chance to be the starter on a great team that was facing very bad cap troubles. If he wanted any more they would have released him like they did Niemi. Schneider needs to be traded, because his value is miles above Luongos, and he needs to be traded before its too late (offer sheet season).
I really don't understand the logic of keeping both of them here in case Lu gets hurt. We'd be much better to get another piece that can start every game and also help if Lu gets hurt.
Edited by cdubuya, 01 December 2011 - 03:11 PM.