PhantomJB93 wrote:-This "rebuild" is going to suck. Bylsma and Shero have dug this team into a huge hole. I don't expect this team to be a legitimate contender for at least two years if the necessary changes are made.
-Scuderi's contract gives me nightmares. That is a SERIOUS problem for this team. Going to really get in the way of getting this team where it needs to be. Maybe he has a "Paul Martin"-esque resurgence next year. We can only hope, because if we see this Scuderi again we are in trouble.
-Jokinen should be priority number 1 this offseason (no, not Niskanen). For all the bad things I said Shero did this is one of the exceptions, what a steal. One of the few Penguins who looked like they cared the entire playoffs.
Strongly agree with most of your post Phantom. But I don't think the rebuild has to be all that arduous. They can be a playoff team next season. The most difficult pieces to acquire, the ones Shero had been given, are already in place and there are a lot of expiring contracts, which provide flexibility.
Jokinen should be resigned, but not for more than $3.5 million. 3 years, $10 million would be reasonable but he could surely get more elsewhere. I think he would take a discount to play with 71 and 87 and Maatta, but who knows. He is not a perfect player, but if they are going to go young, he would be a good vet to have around. He plays the right way and plays better when its most important.
The max I would go for Niskanen would $5m per, but that would absolutely require moving Scuderi and Martin. A Paul Martin trade should be explored now while his value is high. Go young and at the same time add size, skill and skating to the d corps. Shift $$$ from D to acquire muscle for bottom 6.
Harrington or Pouliot or Samuelsson/Bortuzzo
Engelland - should be resigned, the last thing they need is to lose a tough guy that can actually play a regular shift.