Cammalleri (6), Gomez (7.3), Markov (5.75) 19 I think we saw their best case scenario this year
Vanek (7.3), Pomminville (5.3), Miller (6.25) 18.85 not serious contenders
Perry (5.325), Niedlemayer (6.75), Getzlaf (5.325) 17.4 good moving forward but missed playoffs
Kopitar (6.8), Smyth (6.25) and Hanzeus (4) 17 but we don't have the luxury of a ten rebuilding plan
Lecalvier (7.7), St.Louis (5.25), Malone (4.5) 17.5 gong show
Brodeur (5.2), Elias (6), Rolston (5) 16.2 best number but buffalo like
Chara (7.5), Savard (5), Thomas (5, lol) 17.5, Chiarelli is following the blueprint of not committing to big numbers.
Iggy (7), Bowmeester (6.6), Kipper (5.8) 19.4 Bowmeester is the misstep
So here are all numbers under 20 with significant issues. The trend seems to be that teams that commit to 20-22 million range on elite talent are more competitive
Timmonen (6.3), Briere (6.5) and Pronger (6.2) 18.7 too much depth for us to model
Gaborik (7.5), Drury (7) and Redden (6.5) 20.5 Lesson don't sign question marks for 6-7 million dollars ergo avoid Marleau.
So IMO the lesson is bang for your buck between 20-22, given that I like Kessel, Kovalchuk and Phaneuf as our core.
The JFJ era should also be kept in mind as the danger of being cap conscious (i.e no one makes 6 million or more) in icing a competitive team.]]>
Phaneuf (6.5), Kessel (5.4) and Kovalchuk (8) that's 19.9 million compare it too the best teams…
Crosby (8.7), Malkin (8.7), Fleury (5.0) 22.4
Ovie (9), Backstrom (6), Semin (4.6) 19.6
Zetterberg (6.7), Datsyuk (6.1), Lidstrom (7.5) 20.3
Heatley (7.5), Thoronton (7.2), Boyle (6.6) 21.3
Kane (6.0), Campbell (7.1), Toews (6.5) 19.6 although a huge question mark
Sedin(6.1), Sedin (6.1), Luongo (6.7) 18.9 they aren't equipped to win yet
20 million for a core of three good players seems necessary, I think Kovalchuk may be the safest bet. Signing him may force out a Komisarek or Beachemin to move forward long term.
There is a danger is trying to be cute and getting a Marleau at say 6.5, that is more cap friendly however Marleau might be a complete bust on a big contract. Kovalchuk is the real deal, no doubt.
With the young top nine guys we have, we can fill holes up front at cost and still flip Kaberle to balance the back end with the forwards salary wise.]]>