Excellent post. I will only suggest that you stopped a little short (coach): MG mismanaged the contracts, look at the cap situation and compare it to that of ANA, LAK etc. As I keep saying, the owners have fallen asleep at the wheel. Sad.
Well let's be honest. I can legitimately see Booth, Ballard, Raymond, Malhotra, and one of Schneider/Luongo gone in the off season through free agency, trade or amnesty buyout. That takes between 17 and 19 million off of our existing salary. With Schroeder hopefully having a good taste of the NHL this season and Kassian looking to get better, Jensen looking to make the leap next along with Lack as the back up we might not be that bad off.
Corrado, Andersson and Connauton are all progressing as well.
Our depth isn't bad, and could get even better should Gillis be ballsy enough to trade Edler along with one of our Goaltenders (Schneider) could bring us that legitimate Top 6 depth we've been desperately needing for so long.
Think for a second about this at the deadline:
1st round pick (Conditional on Clarkson re-signing), 3rd otherwise
Use the amnesty buyout for Booth, potentially Ballard and go after Perry in the off-season (I know he's a punk but he's a rather talented one)
Sedin (6.1) - Sedin (6.1) - Perry (7.5)
Burrows (4.5) - Kesler (5.0) - Clarkson (3.75)
Kassian (0.870) - Schroeder (1.125) - Jensen (0.894)
Sestito (0.670) - Lapierre (1.0) - Hansen (1.3)
Hamhuis (4.5) - Bieksa (4.6)
Garrison (4.6) - Larsson (0.925)
Alberts (1.75) - Tanev (1.75)
0.636M Under the cap next season. Lack develops one more year in the AHL, then Hedberg retires, gives us a couple years to deal with rising RFA contracts by letting the cap rise (which it will). Luongo warrants a stay here, I've long been an advocate of selling him, but in a couple years Lack will be where Schneider is now development wise and all appearances are that he's just as talented and capable as Schneider. By the time Luongo is ready to relegate his role as a true back up, Lack will be able to take over without controversy.
Plus, Luongo is in his prime right now, I see him having at least 2-3 more elite years before be begins to really decline, as as we all know goaltending hasn't really been an issue as much as we think in the playoffs, it's largely been a lack of scoring.
A healthy Kesler between Burrows and Clarkson is a smash mouth in your face 2nd line, and Perry with the Twins would be absolute dynamite. Not to mention a pretty good 3rd line in Kassian-Shroeder-Jensen and a helluva 4th line.
Edited by Shadowgoon, 11 March 2013 - 08:52 PM.