Off Season

For me, this season was not a success. On the other hand, it was not a failure either. We made it  to the Conference Finals, which is what we should have done. Now, to improve, I noticed a few liabilities in the defensive end as well as an inconsistent forward group. Our goal tending (Nabby) was okay, not great but okay. He should have saved a few more 'easy' ones. Here is my roster(bation) for next years' group:


Dany Heatley ($7.5m) Joe Thornton ($7.2m) * Devin Setoguchi ($3.2m)
* Ilya Kovalchuk ($7.5m) * Joe Pavelski ($4.2m) * T.J. Oshie ($1.3m)
Logan Couture ($1.2m) * Manny Malhotra ($1.5m) Jamie McGinn ($1.0m)
* Erik Tangradi ($0.9m) * Scott Nichol ($0.8m) Benn Ferriero ($0.8m)
Frazer McLaren ($0.5m)
Dan Boyle ($6.7m) * Dan Hamhuis ($3.2m)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3.1m) Jason Demers ($0.5m)
* Zybnek Michalek ($2.0m) * Derek Joslin ($0.6m)
Mike Moore ($0.5m)
* Carey Price ($2.5m)
Thomas Greiss ($0.6m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 22; CAP: $58.8m; PAYROLL: $57.354m; CAP ROOM: $2.376m BONUSES: $0.930m


(as you should have noticed, I raised the salary cap by $2m because that is what it is looking like)


Key Transactions

T.J. Oshie (STL): To get Oshie, I traded away Huskins and Mitchell. St. Louis needs more depth on the back end and a  bit more speed. They receive both with this trade.

Eric Tangradi (PIT): As most of you know, Pittsburgh has some good centers, but not so great wingers. To get Tangradi, I traded them for Clowe and received Tangradi along with a second round pick.

Carey Price (MTL): To get Price, I traded Montreal Murray and a second or third round pick. Montreal lacked size and hitting this post season... Murray would give Montreal what they need.


Key Additions (Free Agency)

Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ): I wasn't sure how much Kovalchuk would cost, so I gave him a contract like Heatley. I know a lot of other teams would be paying him a lot more, but in San Jose, he is reunited with Dany and he also plays for a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Ilya has a wicked shot and could move between the first and second line. Contract 6 years, 45m

Dan Hamhuis (NSH): Hamhuis has a good first pass out of the zone and is also a good shut down Dman. I signed him for 3.2m only because that's what a lot of us believe him to be worth. He would play on Boyle's line to balance out with Boyle's offensive capabilities. Contract 4 years, 12.8m

Zybnek Michalek (PHO): Welcome back to town Michalek (only this time, it's not Milan!). Michalek plays a shut down type of game and would be a huge upgrade from Huskins. Contract 2 years, 4m


Key Signings

Joe Pavleski: After a rather successful season from Pavs, he deserves a boost on his pay check. I signed him for 4.25m. This is based off of Clowe's contract. Pavelski has put up similar numbers to Clowe and had a great post season. He supposedly is in the running for being the next captain of the team too. Contract 6 years, 25.5m

Devin Setoguchi: I think we all know his story. Great first year followed with a weaker second year. However, I believe his is not the case for Seto. He played well in the post season and showed that he can still skate really well.I love how he plays and he should be signed. But due to his inconsistency, I don't think he should get the same increase that Pavs got. I signed Seto to a 6 year, 19.2m contract.

Manny Malhotra: Long story short, he played well and desrves a raise. Contract 3 years, 4.5m

Scott Nichol: A hard hitter, grinder fourth liner. Played with heart and would like to see him in teal next year. Although I don't think he should get a raise. Contract 2 years, 1.5m



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