If we were a cap team again, after decent showing in the playoffs (I hope), we might look attractive to some free agents. After resigning Karlsson (3 years, one year short of UFA), Foligno (3 years), Kuba (2 years, yes, he had hickups and broken bones, but he has it going with Karlsson, so why ruin it), we would still have some cash available and there may be some great players available this year.
I’d like to sign (and who wouldn't) Zack Parise and Ryan Suter long term if available and willing. I know it is a dream, as at least Z.Parise is likely to resign with Devils before deadline, but R.Suter is more than likely to be available. Actually giving Z.Parise 10-12 years frontloaded, I think would be great deal for both sides. and 6-7 for R.Suter?
After next season we will have Gonchar's 5.5M off the books and it is a little unlikley that Alfie would stay beyond that (my heart bleeds already) or that he would command $5M per season if he decides to stay one more year following an outcry and general madness by the fans, so we would have some wiggle room after that to (re)sign some of our emerging stars...
Here is my Fantasy Ottawa Senators lineup for 2012-2013:
Zach Parise ($7.500m) / Jason Spezza ($7.000m) / Milan Michalek ($4.333m)
Mika Zibanejad ($1.775m) / Kyle Turris ($1.400m) / Daniel Alfredsson ($4.875m)
Colin Greening ($0.816m) / Zack Smith ($0.700m) / Erik Condra ($0.625m)
Jakob Silfverberg ($0.900m) / Nick Foligno ($1.500m) / Chris Neil ($2.000m)
Bobby Butler ($1.050m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,160,833; BONUSES: $1,275,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $1,139,167
Spare $1M is because that is how much change usually is required to make any moves at the trade deadline... Actually, just try calculator, it is pretty interesting, and there great questions: what do we do with Daugavins, O’Brien, Winchester, Carkner, Da Costa, Regin, Gryba? Also so many young guys in the minors who may have a chance...
Should Senators pursue Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter if they are available as UFAs?
Yes, both, and plan the parade! (34 votes)
Only Z.Parise - he can replace void in our hearts after Alfie retires (10 votes)
Only R.Suter - our blue line needs new, young body (38 votes)
There is no way we can get them for those amounts even long term (14 votes)
Keep dreaming.... (49 votes)
145 total votes