RxBandit66 wrote:A trade of one high priced player, along with sending Scuderi and his big contract to WBS (assuming they aren't able to trade him for a bucket of pucks) will alleviate a lot of the cap problems. Letang, Fleury, or Neal would be the logical candidates...and it would, as you say, shake things up. Wouldn't trade Neal or MAF because who is going to replace them? If you want an improvement over those two, you'll pay a WHOLE lot more.
Personally, I'd move Letang, for a young winger and a pick. Then, draft a winger in the first round. Use the Letang money to re-sign NIskanen, and the Scuderi money to sign a good bottom 6 guy. They simply don't need Letang. He is constantly injured, and there is no continuity or consistency to his game.
I'm pretty sure that sending Scuderi to the minors would bring less than $1m in cap relief, or basically the cost of replacing him. I think it is possible to move him, perhaps to a younger team that needs some veterans with rings or to a team looking to dump a bad contract of a useable forward.
I want to see Letang, Fleury and Neal with a real coach. I think each will outperform his cap hit next year.
The guy to move is Paul Martin. Not because he sucks, but because he is possibly at peak value right now. Sell high. He only has one year left, but to team like Dallas or Colorado, he would be extremely enticing.
Martin and Scuderi for Antoine Rousel, Alex Chiasson and Shawn Horcoff (salary dump).
Dallas gets a top pairing guy and perhaps Scuderi plays better out west. They unload Horcoff's salary, which i believe has a year left.
Pens get size and grit and scoring potential. Shifting Scuderi's bad money into a useful forward helps balance things out somewhat. Horcoff was actually quite good during Dallas' short post-season.