Popular Post aGENT Posted January 28 Popular Post Share Posted January 28 Now granted, given the size of this deal, it's HIGHLY unlikely this happens but... With Patches out... Carolina could technically afford to add both Horvat AND Miller if we take a bit of cap back (Necas or Kotkaniemi), as they currently have almost $7.9m+/- of unused LTIR space. Then they have Staal, Patches, Fast, Stastny, Anderson and Raanta all coming off this summer. Bring Staal, Fast and Raanta back on cheaper deals, promote Kochetkov full time and they should have the cap for both and still have cash to round out the roster with depth guys. Staal at $2m, Fast and Raanta at ~$1.5 each ($3 total), Kochetkov at $2 and Horvat and Miller for a combined ~$15m + the $57m they already have allocated (minus Necas/Kotkaniemi) is only ~$76/$74m. Which should leave them ~$10m to fill out the remaining 4 remaining, bottom of the roster, spots. Guessing they don't give up Necas sadly...and to be fair Kotkaniemi's contract likely offsets some of the risk of sending them Miller's. So... Kotkaniemi, Drury, Morrow, one of Nikishin/Seeley, their 1st +/- Have to think that'd push them to be favourites for the cup. If it got serious enough, maybe even with a Horvat extension in place/agreed on. And in that case, I think it definitely earns another 2nd or lesser prospect (Honka/Heimosalmi/Suzuki). Also crosses a lot of our apparent checklist off. Kotkaniemi is an "young roster player". Drury's had some NHL games and is probably straddling the roster player/prospect line. None of Morrow/Seeley/Nikishin are likely terribly far off either. 2 1 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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