first, you MUST check out http://www.capgeek.com/ simply incredible checking out everything. go to the ducks page, check out out cap situation and you’ll see, we can easily resign Getzlaf, Perry, and Fowler, once visnovsky and blake are off the payroll and will still have plenty of room to add another young prime time defenseman AND forward.
so my evil plan of NHL domination considers a few factors. im assuming that when we resign getz and perry they will both be willing to accept deals in 6-6.5 per year range and that fowler can be pegged down for somewhere around 4-4.5. that being said, our salary would increase by around 5 million per year to keep the main pillars of our franchise intact for a long period. i pray to god we shell out and give all three 6-7 year contracts (look and mike richards now of the Kings, such a perfect contract)
now what im thinking is that once we have resigned our own young talent and get rid of visnovsky and blake, (both really solid players, but over paid and old) we will have somewhere near 15 mill (generously) in cap space while still having the best line in the NHL and two solid defenseman locked up for some time. although hopefully our own prospects can develop into studs (Etem, Holland, Palmieri and Vatanen) i really think there are some relatively cheap players out there in the restricted free agent market that can really push us over the top.
For instance Kyle Turris of Phoenix, Zach Bogosian of Winnipeg Karl Alzner of Washington or Luke Schenn of Toronto, hell maybe even Doughty just to fuck with the Kings. hahaha All five are 21 or younger, and i think the first four could definitely be signed between the 3.0-4.5 mill price range that would only cost us a first and third round pick in return for a guy who was drafted in the top five. (Turris 3, Bogosian 3, Schenn 5, Alzner 5) Plus all four are on teams in position to move them. Phoenix doesn’t want to pay anyone these days, no one wants to play in winnipeg when they have to play a third of their games in florida, and toronto and washington dont have much cap space to work with signing a hot new prospect. (optimistic, but whatever)
i guess all im saying is that if i was the ducks GM, i would be out submitting offer sheets to one of these defenseman, (especially Schenn, strong and gifted) and turris as well. Signing ONE of these guys would make the ducks so much better next year not to mention adding another top four defenseman for the next decade, (which would fit perfectly alongside fowler and sbisa) or a forward with the potential to give us two POTENT scoring lines (imagine the big three with Etem, Turris, and palmieri, mcmillian, belesky, whoever, behind them. i have a boner.) Amazingly with the pending exit of visnovsky and blake this wouldn’t destroy us in the salary cap, and the draft picks we would give up would hopefully be in the high 20’s because another gifted defenseman or forward would certainly put us over the top into the leagues elite.
im sorry for this tirade. just when i found this site yesterday, i couldn’t help but feel the ducks have not only the cap room, but a very legitimate chance at landing at least one more piece to our already impressive young core, especially on defense. The three defenseman before mentioned could all be relatively cheap compared to their upside, and although turris hasn’t exactly impressed thus far, i think he could be a brad richards, henrik sedin type if given a few years to develop behind the big three. tell me what you think, i just feel this is a much better road then disrupting MVP Corey Perry, stud Ryan Getzlaf and still emerging Bobby Ryan.