OK, I know the playoffs are around the corner and everyone is all hyped up about that. However, I already gave my playoff picks a couple weeks ago, and,,,, I figure now is as good a time as any to look ahead and give my 2 cents for next seasons lineup, since my predictions came very close last time.
Heres whats gunna happen, and, yes, you can quote me this, cuz its money in da bank! =)
1) Knuble will be re-signed to a 3+ mill, two year deal.
2) JVR will make the team and play on a line with G-Roo and Danny!!!!
3) Biron OR Niity will be gone, maybe BOTH.
Look for Harding, Anderson, Lehtonen, Conklin, Clemmenson, etc.. to fill the G-SPOT if the price if right.
4) Alberts may or may not be re-signed for same money, depending on:
a. Sbisa's progress..
b. Jones or Carle or both traded to dump salary
c. Defenceman FA pickup like Montador, Boynton, Zanon, Havelid, Komisarek, Oduya, Skrastins, Bergeron, JBow, ..... It all depends on the money$, so take your pick!
5) We have already unloaded gritty winger, Scotty Upshall, in a obvious salary dump for Carcillo (a 4th line upgrade over Cote). I would have felt OK regarding this trade, but that 2nd rounder stung a lil bit. It is obvious Upshall's inevitable raise is a potential cap issue. IMO, Cote should not play another game unless every other phantom is injured. He is completely useless. Carcillo, Powe and Asham! Thats a solid 4th line!
...and now.. this takes a turn in a weird direction!! my long-shot prediction is......
6) Gagne+Jones or Carle .... traded for ..... Kovalchuck!!!!
OK, I realize this one is a pipe dream, but pretty please...with a cherry on top...
Homer... please git 'er dun !!!
Comments are welcome!