Since I started blogging, I have been suggesting ideas to help the Avs solve their close-to-woes this season (and next). Well, the beat goes on with a "what about this?" idea.
First, as much as I hate it, trade Liles to CAR for Commodore + pick. It would have to be a trade and sign for both teams but I put Commodore in the $2.5-3.0 range for next year (given recent market trends). Liles is great and will go for somewhere between $3.5-4.5.
The big deal comes with OTT: Svatos, Skrastins, Budaj + pick for Emery + Eaves. This would potentially save us $208,000* depending on what Eaves would sign for next year. I predict $1.2-2.0.
Finally, trade Arnason (who has some potential) + someone like McCormick or Hlinka to EDM for Stoll + pick.
This would put the team payroll somewhere between $50.0 and 52.0, depending on RFA/UFA contracts next year, meaning the cap would have to rise to accommodate these trades/signings.
I will put my neck out and say that if Theo keeps gaining confidence, you take a chance and sign him to a $1/year + incentives (i.e. win 10, get X; win 20 get X, etc).
Think about it though: We get more depth, scoring and grinding up front, get good solid checking d-men at the back with Emery backstopping. I know it might not be what everyone wants and I might take some flak for it but I think it's worth it to be a better, more solid team.