With Yankee Canuck posting the Benning/Linden interview, I have to say I'm pleased with how these two sound like they are on the same wavelength - needed, since Linden gives the impression of wanting essentially a co-GM that he can fire. I may be wrong, but he looks to me like he's going to want to be involved in long range talent/team decisions, if not in day-to-day specifics.
Judging by the noises made today, I'm okay with that. But seasons aren't won during press conferences, as we all know...
In any case, since there have been vague intimations of team direction to go along with the usual 'safe' answers from the Media Dogs(tm), that's more than enough excuse to get to rosterbating, yes?
Hope so, because here's mine (24-man rosters only, please - fewer is cheating!):
Thursday Dream 1
Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Paul Stastny ($7.000m)
Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Zack Kassian ($1.250m)
Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Bo Horvat ($0.894m) / Jannik Hansen ($2.500m)
Brad Richardson ($1.150m) / Mike Santorelli ($0.550m) / Nicklas Jensen ($0.863m)
Tom Sestito ($0.750m) / Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) /
Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)
Chris Tanev ($1.750m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)
Jason Garrison ($4.600m) / Ryan Stanton ($0.550m)
Frank Corrado ($0.591m) / Yann Sauve ($0.744m)
Tomas Vokoun ($2.500m)
Eddie Lack ($1.150m)
David Booth ($0.000m)
Keith Ballard ($0.000m)
Jacob Markstrom ($0.275m)
RETAINED SALARIES (1.13% of upper limit)
Roberto Luongo ($0.800m—15.00%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,767,799; BONUSES: $858,333
CAP SPACE (24-man roster): $1,332,201
Naturally, there are a couple assumptions made (as always with this sort of thing): that Kesler isn't going anywhere; that Booth is; Vokun is not only recovered, but his blood clot scare frightened other teams off of taking the risk on him; Horvat can make the jump from the CHL to the NHL; and Stastny is good with taking a modest raise in exchange for stability (yes, that much-maligned NTC) and an awesome pair of linemates.
RFAs have modest raises, but there's room to go a bit higher if needed. The lines are also how I'd start the season, with Matthias probably being first moved in as needed.
Judging by the presser, it sounds like Horvat's going to get every chance to make the team (which is certainly possible) and if you want to get scoring through the line-up, then adding someone at the top is the best way to do it instead of getting another depth player and hoping. So sez I, any way.
How about you folks?