Manny Malhotra. Sad story for such a good guy but what's done is done. Another 2.5M off the books.
Ballard and Booth will both be gone. For what I am not sure. Maybe picks/prospects maybe a buyout in there. Don't really want to see Ballard go but the numbers don't work well with him here and if it's his contract standing in the way of someone likr Roy being here next year the it's goodbye Ballard. Another $8.5M just left the building
Raymond seems to play well in his contract years.....Then he turns back into the guy who can't go 30 seconds without falling on his face again. With the re-signing of Higgins I say make a swap with another team involving Raymond at draft day. Perhaps with hsi current performance we could package him up with a goalie and get a decent return. That's another $2.25M
So far: 1.225 + 8.5 + 2.25 + 2.5 = 14.475. not bad but now we have some holes to fill.
But before we start filling up holes we have to deal with the goalie drama. Move Luongo and the albatross contract? The more palatable choice for Vancouver. The return would likely be pathetic in comparison to Luongo's skill set, but Gillis has backed himself into a corner and he doesn't have much other choice at this point. If he goes to the Aquilinis saying they has to bite the $26M buyout, Gillis is unemployed. So for the sake of me not having to type about the return we would get for Schneider, which is likely a big name forward and possibly more, let's say Luongo is the one to go. Another 5.33M done.
$19.805M off the books.
Alberts - Good god it can be anyone, hell it can be an actual pylon. I don't care at this point. I'm ready to run him over with a Zamboni for the sake of my sanity - A plug at $1M to replace him.
Booth - Hopefully Roy at a similar conract. - Derek Roy at a 4.5M cap hit
Ballard - We will come to miss him i'm sure of it but numbers are numbers. - A free agent tot he tune of 2.5M
MayRay - With Hansen turning into a beast and Higgins re-signing we can simply part with the most expensive of the three since they are all similar in style of play. - Nicklas Jensen to receive more playing time (hopefully)
Luongo - Schneider to take the helm as the undisputed number one goalie in Vancouver. An unfortunate end to Roberto's time here. he will go down as one of the best, if not the best goalie tow ear a Canuck jersey. - Insert Eddie Lack to back up Schneider or if Lack isn't ready to make the jump, a veteran backup at a reasonable max price of 2M.
The Line up:
Sedinery - Burrows
Kassian Kesler Higgins
Hansen Roy Jensen
Weiss Lapierre Sestito/Pinner
Tanev FA Pickup/ Player receive from a trade
Lack/ FA Pickup
The final nubmers:
-5.5M cap reduction
-4.5 Derek Roy
-2,0 back up (possibly avoided if Lack proves worthy)
=$5.305 Wiggle room. Could be more or less depending if Roy takes 4.5 and if Lack can be the backup
If Lack is good we have an estimated $7.305M room to play with.
I welcome all thoughts/feedback
Edited by Magikal, 05 April 2013 - 04:00 AM.