Here's one offseason plan. Obviously I may be off on some salaries as defenseman have been known to be overpaid. Hopefully teams get caught up in the Volchenkov/Hamhuis bidding war and we get some under the radar guys. This is assuming a 59 million dollar cap and some maybe a discount or two along the way to play for a contender:
Kunitz (3.75)-Sid (8.7)-Lombardi (2.75) (may have to go cheaper here, someone like Armstrong, ugh)
-Malkin (8.7)-Bertuzzi (1.5)
Cooke (1.75)-Staal (4.0)-Dupuis (1.4)
Rupp (.85)-Adams (.55) -Kennedy (.85) (move talbot for a mid round pick to free up space)
Total - 36.15
Orpik (3.75) Letang (3.5)
Micalek/Mitchell (3.0) Leopold (1.75)
Colaiacovo (2.25) Goligoski(1.5)
Total - 16.45
MAF - (5.0)
Total - 58.20
Leaves Shero with .8 million of wiggle room, maybe more if he can move a contract like Goligoski's. If Cooke gets a big offer elsewhere Talbot or Letestu take his spot for a bit of cap savings Any thoughts on this? I realize some of my salaries may be off but I like this roster alot better than what we ended last season with. Ray may have to get creative with a trade or two in a surplus area to get some guys under the cap.
I really think next offseason is when we really can make a major move if we stand pat this year. Kunitz's albatross of a contract will come off the books then and I expect Goligoski to definitely be moved if he hasn't improved since his contract takes a bigtime jump.