Re: Targets with Freed Up Cap Space
posted at 2/8/2013 11:53 AM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Anybody. Everybody. Problem is that this is nothing more than informed wishing at this point - we have no sense of who might be available at what price or when because we're not even at the 1/4 pole of a 48 game season. Feaster has said his preference is to keep Iginla, and the Flames are notorious for starting slowly, so once they get their legs - and they won their last two to pass the Kings in the standings - they may need to keep him around. Jones might get squeezed for playing time, but he wouldn't get more time in Boston. Weiss, if Florida moves him, will cost a fair amount because his contract is reasonable and he's a kid in his prime. Makes Chris Kelly money. He's a 60 point player on a top line, but who knows what he's worth on a third line.
Fletch's idea of thinking about upgrading at the top of the roster is interesting (i.e. not just a 3rd or 4th liner) if we're talking about a hockey move that would require taking on salary. Anaheim's doing really well right now, but they still have to find money for both Perry and Getzlaf. You could think about a move for Perry if you think the leverage is right - that is, they need to move him and others are low-balling them. A deal that offers Marchand - sort of Perry lite - gives the Ducks a guy who's cheaper than Perry and already signed for the next four years.
Right now, that's the only opportunity I see for a big move that makes sense. Everything else, I don't see why the other team would make the move unless Boston was making a ridiculous offer.
Don't you think Edmonton will be moving guys though? Hemsky has to be on the market this year unless the Oilers are in solid playoff contention. Ryan Jones is good enough to play on a 2nd line, in my opinion, but it can't happen in Edmonton. He did really well last year (17-16-33) without ever getting big minutes or PP time there.
And how many smallish uber-talented, finesse-y future stars can you have? Hall, Eberle, Yakapov, Gagner, RNH, Paajarvi, Lander, Petrell, Omark...someone's gotta go. Still widly speculative (that's the fun of it) but Edmonton has to be a target.
And lest I get corrected, I'm not saying I want all of these guys, but someone good might be available.