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QOTD 6/16/09 Penguins in the offseason

Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:16 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2009 1:31 pm
What should the Pittsburgh Penguins do in the offseason? As many of you already know, I am a big Penguins fan.  I still can't get over the fact that they won the cup, but tonight I wanna think about the offseason coming up.  All numbers in this post will go off of a 56M cap, while it is 56.7 now I am just gonna have it go down a bit, just in case it does.  Also, I will be starting with a cap hit of 46.9M, which leaves the Penguins with 9.1M left to spend.

The Penguins have 10 roster player UFA's coming up (Bill Guerin, Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Ruslan Fedotenko, Craig Adams, Michael Zigomanis, Philippe Boucher, Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi, and Mathieu Garon).  Of those nine, I think the following should be let go:
  • Sykora- He has shown he has lost a step, and I think his days in the NHL are done.  I expect him to sign in the KHL, maybe with the Mettallurg Magnitogorsk who have been rumored to be interested in him.
  • Satan- He showed in the playoffs that he can still play, but he is not the goal scorer he once was.  He will probably go to the KHL as well.
  • Boucher- We have a lot of defensman, and he is very expendable.
  • Hal Gill- With Lovejoy and Goligoski becoming NHL ready, and with Gill getting slower by the game I think it is best to let him go. 
  • Garon- He was decent as the back-up in the 1 1/2 games he played for the Penguins, but I think Curry should be the back-up next season.
With the remaining free agents, I would do the following:
  • Guerin- Watching him since we won the cup, no doubt he is gonna come back.  He is having so much fun, and during the parade there was a 1 more year chant for him.  Then while Malkin was talking he said "one more year for Guerin" then he said "no, 2 more years for Billy" and Guerin comes up from behind, taps him on the shoulder and gives him a thumbs up.  I think he stays for 2 years/4M.  Leaving the Penguins with 7.1M to spend.
  • Fedotenko- He showed how good he can be in the playoffs, so I think he should get around a 2 year/4M contract like Guerin leaving the Penguins with 5.1M.
  • Zigomanis- His face-off ability is amazing.  Great 4th line center to have.  Give him around 700K for a year or 2.  4.4M left.
  • Adams- He is a great 4th line player.  He has grit, defensive ability, and is something every team needs.  He should get similar money to Zigomanis, probably around 750K.  3.65M left.
  • Scuderi- Showed his value in the playoffs.  Great deffensively, 3 years 7.5M total.  1.15 left
Along with those 10 UFA's, the Penguins have a few RFA's.  The bigger ones being Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy and John Curry. All 3 of these guys could be on the roster next year. 
  • Goligoski*- Amazing offensive talent, but a little weak on defense at times.  Deserves a raise, probably around 1.5M.  .-.35M left
  • Lovejoy- Amazing defensive player, was a +40 or something crazy like that in WBS.  Probably deserves 900K for now. -1.25 left.
  • Curry- Future back-up for this team, but doesn't deserve much of a raise from what he is making now.  Worth 600K. -1.85M left.
With all that done, yes they would be over the cap but I have more moves to come.  Projected line-up so far:

That is before free agency, in which I feel the Penguins will need to add a veteran defensman and maybe another player or 2.  Free agency moves I would make:
  • Trade Pascal Dupuis for draft picks, frees up 1.4M of cap space. -.45 left
  • Send Lovejoy to the minors.  .45M left
Projected opening night line-up:

The last thing I think this team should look into is getting another top-6 foreward.  The only way they would be able to do that is to trade Jordan Staal, which I would rather them not do unless they get an offer they cannot refuse for a guy like Rick Nash (which there is no chance of that is all). 

So the line-up above would be my final roster.  Thoughts?  What would you do if you were the Penguins?

*Note: I changed Goligoski from 1.1M/year to 1.5M/year because he just signed a 3 year/4.5M total deal.  Not much of a difference, but since it was signed today I decided to change it.
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