Thursday, July 3, 2008

Time for a little of the ol' Fireband

Well the big splashes Mike Gillis promised to make in the free agent market have transpired into small, Alex Bolduc-shaped ripples. Marian Hossa, Nik Hagman, Kristian Huselius and Sean Avery could have, at the salaries they have signed to, fit under the salary cap. Instead, Vancouver has spent about $3 million, leaving around $17 million in cap space and not much to spend it on. Mats Sundin turned down the obscene $20 million per year offer tabled by Gillis and looks headed to retirement. Likewise, Pavol Demitra would only take a small chunk out of the cap. So here's what I propose, Mikey-boy. Pull a Kevin Lowe:

Sign Andrei Kostitsyn and Steve Bernier to offer sheets, (4 million per)
Trade Bieksa and a 1st rounder to Chicago (who currently sit over the cap) for Martin Havlat and Kyle Beach, (2 mill increase in salary.)
Sign Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison for 7 million total.

Dunno what you guys think, but being an armchair GM sure is fun.

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