In practice, the Canucks can afford to offer Doan a $2,500 MIL/ year contract on a $2,732 MIL cap hit.
Include Kesler's $5.000 MIL on LTIR and that's $7,732 MIL so a $7,500 MIL contract to Doan, still with a time bomb for Gillis; Kesler coming back, thereby decreasing assets in potential trade from the signing of the Doan contract, though with a set deadline date.
Ballard could be traded. Detroit is left with a sudden desert in defense. If I'm Detroit and add Bouwmeester and Ballard to the back end of my team, I feel much more confident going into the season. Good for three seasons at $4.200 MIL per, Ballard is an excellent investment on a non AV team.
On a $10,932 cap, the Doan offer becomes $10,000 MIL per year.
Doan at $10.000 MIL/ yr, two years, giving him the option to play somewhere else again as a UFA might be something he could look hard at.
The Rangers' cap is at $13.075 MIL.
A Sundin type signing could do wonders for the franchise and give top dollars to a top player. I don't recall how many Cup Sundin got in his career. Conversely, Messier had many.
In this scenario, I believe the Canucks gain a Doan, a Booth and especially, a Kassian If the Doan influence can have the same impact as Sundin on the Sedins and Kesler, then the Canucks have something very special.
Not to speak of how two elite finesse players would benefit from collective toughness...
Edited by GHL, 09 August 2012 - 11:39 PM.