Storage Wars comes to the NHL

Posted: 04/25/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

Holding a sea shell to my ear it sure sounded like Brian Burke thundering a YUUUUP!!! as the pre-bid schmoozing is occurring concerning players like Rick Nash, Roberto Loungo, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Justin Schultz. Each of the non-playoff teams and early playoff outs are considering everything from tweaking the core, to a complete rebuild to patch and plaster holes in the lineup.
The gossip girls are focused on the big names noted above. The real activity could be percolating below the surface in the RFA market. Names like Shea Weber, Caps Mike Green & John Carlson, Avs Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson, Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Boston’s Tuuku Rask certainly raise the eyebrows of GM’s willing to go rogue to improve their teams.
Teams like our Ducks could certainly build a second line around Bobby Ryan by offer sheeting guys like Evander Kane, Kris Versteeg, Jakub Voracek, David Perron, Peter Mueller and/or Jamie Benn.
Looking to rebuild or tweak a back line? Carolina’s pending RFA Jamie McBain is a good place to start. Nikita Nikitin, Mark Fistric, Matt Niskanen and Michael del Zotto have all established themselves as top six defenders while working on EL contracts.
A reportedly weak UFA market could be spiced up with buyouts of our own Toni  Lydman, Tim Thomas, Jay Bouwmeester, Eric Staal, Paul Stastney, Vincent Lecalvalier, Paul Martin and James Wisniewski. Look for a lot of buy outs if there’s an amnesty in the new CBA.
Twenty-one teams have between $16 and $42million in available cap space. Even if you assign a very conservative estimate of each of these teams spending up to 75% of the cap, that makes nearly half a billion in available cap space. Factor in, (1) a number of big spending teams Detroit, Washington, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Toronto with of histories of spending to the cap and beyond, (2) teams like Vancouver and Columbus and possibly our Ducks looking to move big contracts, (3) New cash deep owners in Buffalo & probably in Dallas and St. Louis, (4) During the last lockout teams went to great lengths to protect their rosters, (5) Buyout candidates.

All of the above converge to put upward pressure on player movement. In stock market parlance there certainly seems to be more upward pressure than downside risk impacting the potential for player movement in this financial season.
A little luck and a little creativity could turn a near perennial non-playoff team like our Ducks into an instant Cup contender.

  1. czhokej says:

    Murray will be forced to do something major. I expect a shakeout, but not necessarily a smart one.
    (I’m back to my pessimism).

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