There has already been enough speculation over what free agents are left for Mike Gillis to take a stab at to fill in the holes (especially in the top 4 defence pairings). But allow me to use NHL Numbers and analyze each NHL team to see where they are at with quantities at various positions and cap dollars spent. Maybe this can shed a bit of an idea as to another avenue for Mike Gillis to acquire 1 or 2 of the players needed. I'll add my personal opinion on proposals as well.
-Have enough forwards but are lacking about 3 defencemen.
-$12 million left in the bank.
-Proposal: No help to Vancouver.
- lacking in all areas. Still need to re-sign Kari Lehtonen.
Proposal: Let 'em rot.
-Running out of money and need another forward, defenceman and backup goalie. Kessel has not yet been signed.
-Proposal: Schneider for Kessel
-too many goalies and defencemen and not enough forwards.
-Proposal: Grabner for Rivet. Tellqvist may be heading back home to Sweden.
-still need to sign Tuomo Ruutu..
-have one too many D-men. Hence one commenter saying Dennis Seidenberg would be a great option.
Proposal: Seidenberg for my nutsack.
-The Flames look set. They're close to the cap limit but whatevs.
-Proposal: No, we don't want Bertuzzi. I will cut anyone's main artery who says they want him back in Van.
-With the potential signing of Versteeg, the Hawks will need to trade a forward or 2 to acquire another defenceman (or 2) and a backup goalie.
-Proposal: Still interested in Versteeg? At the expense of not getting a valid top 4 d-man?
-Way too many forwards and not enough defencemen.
-Proposal: Can't help them and they can't help us.
-a clear case of too many defencemen and not enough forwards. They still have to re-sign several free agent forwards.
-Proposal: Wellwood for Preissing or Salei. Dream bigm Arnold. Dream big.
-All kinds of question marks in Dallas. Do they re-sign Zubov and / or Sydor? If so, they have too many d-men.
-Proposal: I'd gamble on Sydor. Brendan Morrison anyone? I didn't think so. You get that feeling that Vancouver is the only place he belongs though. His body has worn down however.
-Too many defencemen and not enough forwards. Plus, they are right under the cap and Hudler has not been re-signed yet.
-The Oilers have too many defencemen and are closing in on the cap max.
-Proposal: Draft pick for Ladislav Smid.
-So many holes to fill in L.A.
-Proposal: Would you take a chance on Frolov? Not me. Too pricey. How about Denis Gauthier? Exactly. Fuck it.
Jack Johnson however is an intriguing option. I just wonder what kind of $$$ he wants.
-Proposal: Can't afford the forwards unless a trade happens to lose salary, even though Tanguay would look great on Line 2. Is Bouillion any good? I hate the Habs.
-Wow. I didn't realize they had so many positions to fill. May they rest in peace.
-They are close to being in position.
-Proposal: Would you sign Niclas Havelid as a UFA?
-A great-looking young team.
-Oh boy, Sather must be sucking back 50 cigars a day with this mess. So much work to be done there.
-Yikes! Look at all those players there. The Sens have to move Dany Heatley because they are over the cap. But hey could move a defenceman and get under as well.
-Over the cap with holes to fill. They need to cut back on expensive forwards (Briere).
-Proposal: Any takers on UFA's Ken Klee or Dimitri Kalinin? I'd take Klee as a depth D guy.
-Need defencemen and a backup goalie and are very close to the cap max.
-Proposal: None. Satan, Sykora and Zigomanis are all UFA's. No bloody thank you. Send them to Europe.
-Plenty of forwards to re-sign, a backup goalie, and too many defencemen.
-Too many forwards and not enough defencemen means not good trading partners
-Here's my fave trading partner. The Leafs need a bit of help up front and have a shitload of defencemen.
-So much negotiating in Washington that needs to get done and not enough d-men that I would want.
So ther you have it. 3 hours of my life that I can't have back. I'm curious about your insights. Maybe I missed something. Maybe I'm full of shit. Feel free to voice your opinion, because face it... it is fair to say that Gillis is going thrift shopping over the next several weeks.