As of when I posted this the only link I’d received is from Chris at Two In The Box the all things Buffalo Sports blog. It’s not to late to join in, look here and then tweet me and I’ll update the post when I can. The roster Chris put up is interesting, there’s a lot of similarities between ours, but the differences are fascinating.
Part 1 First Domino:
Forward, Jiri Hudler, Defenseman Sheldon Souray, Goalie Scott Clemmensen
Part 2 Team UFA:
LW: Zach Parise $7,1m C: Olli Jokinen $3m RW: Teemu Selanne $5m
LW: Ray Whitney $3.3m C: Paul Gaustad $2.85M RW: Shane Doan $5m
LW; Jiri Hudler $3.2m C: Kyle Wellwood $1.3, RW: P.A. Parenteau $2.8m
LW: Daniel Winnik $1.m C: Jay McClement $1.5m RW: Jordin Tootoo $1.5m
Extra Forward: Brandon Prust $900,000
I’m not quite in love with spending this much on some players, but given the market, I think there’s a really good mix of talent, hunger, grit, and professionalism. McClement, Parise, Gaustad are all effective penalty killers as well. Tootoo, Winnik and Prust make the team based largely on penalty killing time and cost, but attitude is good. Winnik warmed up to San Jose at the end of the the season, and Prust and Tootoo can both throw the body at will.
Ryan Suter $7.5m Carlo Colaiacovo $4.2m
Jason Garrison $4m Matt Carle $4.3m
Sami Salo $2.5m Adrian Aucoin $2.25
Milan Jurchina $1.95
If they can stay healthy this is a better defense than more than half the NHL. Even including Salo and Aucoin it’s a bit younger than the forward group and good for a lot of blocked shots and hits. Also notable is the offensive contribution this crew could bring. Suter, Colaicovo, Garrison were all no brainers and adding some right handed defensemen meant Salo and Aucoin. Jurchin would get more press if he ever remembered he was allowed to shoo the puck. Carle was obvious once I saw the name and realized what he’s good for.
Curtis Sanford $1.3m
Brent Johnson $1m
Sanford was pretty damn good in Columbus all year. The defense in front of him not so much. I think with being occasionally rested for Johnson and an organized defensive system, he couldn’t be any worse in a season than the goaltenders who won the cup three, four and five years back.
Forward Total: $38,450,000
Defense Total $26,700,000
Goaltender Total: $2,300,000
Cap Space: $2,750,000
Overall not a lot of wiggle room, but known qualities on the ice, and a few guys with something to prove.
Part 3 Worst Contract
Before this became part of the blog, my default answer was always Glen Sather. Montreal has cleared out the former general managers meaning they might not kill their depth with a bad contract this year. And the Canes general mangers seems to have recovered from the cramp that got him to hand Kaberle a huge deal last year. The Flames are too close to the cap to do anything too stupid. I’m going with the Ottawa Senators attempting to make a big splash.
Part 4 Where’s Zach
On July first he’s unsigned. Eventually, he reups with the Devils.