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The cup has been hoisted, time for the fun to begin!

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Alright folks, here's the situation:  Lord Bennington is in a bit of a cap crunch and we need to help him find some resolution to the situation.  What kind of crazy ideas are we going to come up with?

Let's assume that the salary cap will stay put at $69 million just for argument's sake.  We currently have 17 players under contract with $3,205,167 in cap space to be used to fill out the remainder of the 23 man roster. One more little wrinkle to cap management, the league minimum as of the start of the season is $575k... Which means that we can't even afford to fill our roster out with players making the min.

The Current Roster

Obviously something has to give here.  There's way too much money tied up in our main roster, what ideas do you have to fix this?  Oh, and don't forget that most of the players in our core have no-move clauses or limited no-trades... That means that splitting the twins up and dealing them to Buffalo and Edmonton for the #1 & #2 picks in this year's draft is pretty much impossible!

Henrik Sedin C $7,000,000
Nick Bonino C $1,900,000
Bo Horvat C $894,167
Daniel Sedin LW $7,000,000
Radim Vrbata RW $5,000,000
Alexandre Burrows RW $4,500,000
Derek Dorsett RW $2,650,000
Chris Higgins RW $2,500,000
Jannik Hansen RW $2,500,000
Zack Kassian RW $1,750,000
Alexander Edler D $5,000,000
Kevin Bieksa D $4,600,000
Dan Hamhuis D $4,500,000
Christopher Tanev D $4,450,000
Luca Sbisa D $3,600,000
Ryan Miller G $6,000,000
Eddie Lack G $1,150,000

In addition to this, we can't forget that we are eating $800k of Luongo's contract until the year 3465.

Unrestricted Free Agents

Shawn Matthias F UFA
Brad Richardson F UFA
Cal O'Reilly C UFA
Tommy Sestito LW UFA
Will Acton LW UFA
Bobby Sanguinetti D UFA
Alex Biega D UFA

Is there anyone on this list that we need to resign?  What's it gonna cost?

Restricted Free Agents

Here's a decent guess-timate on the Qualifying offers for the RFA's based on their salaries as posted on the many Capgeek wannabes (RIP Matthew Wuest) that it took to get all of the salary details for all of these players.

Player POS Qualify Offer
Alex Friesen C $645,700
Brandon McMillan F $687,500
Linden Vey F $771,750
Sven Baertschi LW $874,650
Ronalds Kenins LW $971,250
Michael Zalewski LW $971,250
Alexandre Grenier LW $738,095
Cory Conacher LW $660,000
Brandon De Fazio LW $660,000
Darren Archibald RW $660,000
Yannick Weber D $892,500
Frank Corrado D $632,500
Ryan Stanton D $605,000
Adam Clendening D $971,250
Peter Andersson D $660,000
Henrik Tommernes D Left Team
Jacob Markstrom G $1,200,000
Joacim Eriksson G $971,250
Joe Cannata G $660,000

Who are we keeping from this list?  What do their contracts look like?

Rookies!!!!!

Which of our prospects have a shot at making the team this fall?  Keep in mind that Jake Virtanen is in the same situation as Bo Horvat was this year: Either make the NHL or go back to the WHL.  That means that he will not be a member of the Utica Comets next year no matter how much you want him to play in the AHL!!!!!!

Jared McCann C $894,167
Brendan Gaunce C $863,333
Dane Fox C $830,833
Joseph Labate C $680,000
Cole Cassels C $589,166
Jake Virtanen RW $894,167
Hunter Shinkaruk LW $863,333
Nicklas Jensen LW $863,333
Ludwig Blomstrand LW $633,333
Andrei Pedan D $792,500
Jordan Subban D $755,000
Ashton Sautner D $675,000
MacKenze Stewart D $655,000
Anton Cederholm D $610,000
Jeremie Blain D $588,333
Evan McEneny D $585,000

If you really want to geek out to solve this dilemma, have at it;  Wanna just propose a Bieksa deal, do it;  Got questions about the draft, bring it on!

This post is all about fulfilling your wildest rosterbation fantasies!