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.
-What are their plans with Jean-Sebastien Giguere if Jonas Hiller is now the #1 goalie?
-$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.
-Proposal: Draft pick for Brett Lebda or Derek Meech.
-The Oilers have too many defencemen and are closing in on the cap max.
-Proposal: Draft pick for Ladislav Smid.
-Any takers on UFA's Nick Boynton or Steve Eminger? Other than that the Panthers look set.
-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.
-Are these guys seriously in the running for Saku Koivu? The have about $4 million left to spend and haven't even signed Kyle Brodziak yet.
-Proposal: A stab at UFA Kurtis Foster wouldn't hurt my feelings. Marc-Andre Bergeron can suck a whale genital as far as I'm concerned.
-Look at that shit show in Hab-land. UFA's: Robert Lang, Alex Tanguay, Saku Koivu, Francis Bouillion, Patrice Brisebois, Mathieu Dandenault. RFA's: Tomas Plekanec, etc. Talk about an overhaul.
-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.
-Proposal: Don't see them doing much. Mike Sillinger and Dean McAmmond are UFA's. Any takers? I've always been a fan of McAmmond but he's not what we need.
-Oh boy, Sather must be sucking back 50 cigars a day with this mess. So much work to be done there.
-Proposal: Fuck the Rangers...except...I still think Paul Mara would be a good UFA signing. Derek Morris can rot in obscurity for all I care.
-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.
-Proposal: Go to hell, Heatley. How about Chris Campoli for a 3rd round pick? If Gillis ever signed Mike Comrie I'd probably poison my own drink.
-Over the cap with holes to fill. They need to cut back on expensive forwards (Briere).
-Proposal: A few intriguing d-men in Philly. Rich Parent, Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle. The Flyers have to flog Daniel Briere first methinks. Good luck on that.
-Have plenty of money to sign free agents like Scottie Upshall and Nigel Dawes.
-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.
-Proposal: Perfect trading partners! Mason Raymond for Brad Lukowich or Mark-Edouard Vlasic?
-Too many forwards and not enough defencemen means not good trading partners
-Unless you think Marek Malik or Noah Welch are good UFA signings, there really is nothing here.
-Here's my fave trading partner. The Leafs need a bit of help up front and have a shitload of defencemen.
-Proposal: Michael Grabner or Mason Raymond for Ian White. I'm a big fan of Ian White.
-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.