Most of what I’ve been reading on the internerd this summer (and what a beauty time to start a blog…) is what the Oilers need for the upcoming season. The ideal list would include a top six shooter, a third line PKer/faceoff dude and a stay at home D-man.
I agree with that list completely (and two of the three are available from the free agent pool), however there is one little issue that is standing in Tambellini’s way of completing that…the cap. The Oilers currently stand at (props to capgeek):
AUTO-GENERATED CAPGEEK.COM LINES
Shawn Horcoff ($5.500m) / Dustin Penner ($4.250m) / Ales Hemsky ($4.100m)
Patrick O’Sullivan ($2.925m) / Fernando Pisani ($2.500m) / Ethan Moreau ($2.000m)
Robert Nilsson ($2.000m) / Sam Gagner ($1.625m) / * Gilbert Brule ($1.246m)
Andrew Cogliano ($1.133m) / Marc-Antoine Pouliot ($0.825m) / Zack Stortini ($0.700m)
Steve MacIntyre ($0.537m) / Jean-Francois Jacques ($0.525m)
Lubomir Visnovsky ($5.600m) / Sheldon Souray ($5.400m)
Tom Gilbert ($4.000m) / Denis Grebeshkov ($3.150m)
Steve Staios ($2.700m) / * Ladislav Smid ($0.915m)
Jason Strudwick ($0.700m)
Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.750m) / Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers ($0.625m)
ROSTER: 23; PAYROLL: $56.707m; CAP ROOM: $1.093m BONUSES: $1.000m
I included Smid and Brule as I figure they got a shot. That leaves us with approx. 1 mil in cap room, which can be eaten up with injuries pretty quick (right Calgary?).
That leaves us with two options: trade or buyout/stuff someone in the minors.
Who do we trade? It has to be someone off of the roster so trading Schremp doesn’t help. We don’t want to get rid of any player that teams want (Hemsky), and if we trade #17/#44 the D doesn’t look nearly as pretty (and then we would really really need that stay at home D-man).
Do we really want to put a vet in the minors? That would obviously be the best option for the team right now, but based on the ability of the city to attract free agents as is, I’m not sure that it helps the ol’ reputation. As for buying out players, I’m not really on board with that option as we will still owe to the cap (albeit at a lesser amount) for that player for the rest of the term of their contract, but also for double the remaining length of the contract. Doesn’t seem like something that a smart GM would do (actually, a smart GM wouldn’t get his team in a situation where that was necessary, others just have to dig out of the mess – still doesn’t seem like the best option to me)
Its been mentioned at Lowetide’s that the plan may be to enter the season with the same team and different coaching and hope that things workout. However, I think that has more to do with it being their only option as it does being their “plan”.
Lets hope that Quinn/Renney are handy with the household items.