With the recent article from Helene St. James:
I felt I would throw my hat in the ring on Capgeek.
CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($3.250m)
Math Checks Out
With 5 million for the RFAs, (Winging it in Motown tweet), I allocated accordingly for Dekeyser, Tatar and Sheahan with 2.2, 1.7 and 1.1 respectively.
I am not high on Niskanen, especially at his price; and I just cannot see Danny Boyle moving on from San Jose. Detroit MUST hit on a top 4 defenseman and all signs point to a Swede. I have Stralman at 4.25; however given that Zidlicky is off the market, that number may slightly increase.
Given Holland's message about youth, I hope that it removes the idea of a Vanek or anyone that market rate dictates a salary above Zetterberg or Pavel. I believe Alfie is done and will not return to the Red Wings, so I think a Radim Vrbata would be a nice addition to the 2nd line.
Jaime Eisner from Five for Howling wrote on May 9th:
The Coyotes' most valuable UFA is Radim Vrbata. Coming off back-to-back three-year, $9 million contacts, the soon-to-be 33-year-old is likely seeking a pay raise in what is likely to be his last big-money contract. It is fair to expect Vrbata to be a 20-25 goal, 50-point player, not the 35-goal, 60-point player he was in 2011-12. Given those parameters, a three-year, $11.25 million contact would be fair. Assuming Vrbata signs on to a $3.75 million AAV deal, the Coyotes are left with $4.9 million to spend on two more forwards.
The Red Wings are in a position to go over that amount to get him. Whether he wants to leave Phoenix is unknown to me, but I definitely believe he should be a target.
The organization's culture has me rather confident that Mrazek will spend one more year in Grand Rapids and I think Kenny will do his diligence to make sure the Monster stays on for one more year.
I have commented on this topic before, but I do believe that Jurco has the tools and moxy to supplant Abdelkader on the top line. How likely is this to happen, I would put my confidence level below a coin toss. With the numbers that I had on capgeek and a potential buyout of Tootoo, that may leave as much as 4 million to pursue a trade and therefore send Jurco down to wallow for a bit. The good thing is he has seen Gustav and Tatar go through the same things and flourish, so hopefully he can follow that track as well.
Let me know what ya think!