I'll start with a few unanswered questions we all( including David Poile) will likely wait a while to get answers for. They are Lombardi, Goc, The Cube and O'Reilly. Cal is likely a lesser question. Considering his age, type of injury and time recouperating already we have reason to believe he will be good to go come September. The injury to Goc hasn't been reported on very much. Do we know if he will be ready and if not I believe we pass on him rather than wait and see. Part of the reasoning is we are relatively set at centre and as mentioned in the "Oh My Goc" Fanpost he has a fairly alarming injury history. Lombardi and The Cube are already signed so a wait and see approach is about our only choice.
Sully simply can't be re-signed. He isn't the player he once was and we don't need another Belak signing. Front office is fine if management thinks he would be a good fit, but not an active player. Sorry Sully. That means the last UFA is Wardo. I love Wardo and have since the day he arrived here. We MUST remember the 80 game regular season sample is much more likely to be the Wardo of 2011-2012 than the 12 game playoff sample. Reward him for a great run with a 2 year deal worth something up to about 4 million. that would be about a 33% boost in his salary and I believe fair as well. A bidding war that extends beyond those type numbers would be a little too pricey for me. SK74 is the only RFA that I think really takes alot of considering. The rest should be kept at something normal for their age and ability. SK74 is perplexing for me in a couple of ways. He won't shoot the puck yet was at the top of our goal scorers. He has amazing ability yet is far too easily knocked off the puck. A doubling of his salary is fine, but I'm not too sure about anything much beyond that. I just am not sure he is as accountable as i would like. We also need to try our best to convince JP to accept a trade. I know he has a NMC, but i would assume he would rather play than sit 50-60 games next season. I'm sure he knows by now he will be an emergency fill in and that's about it. I don't care what we get, just try and dump the salary.
The rearguard is a little easier to decide on. Sign Weber. After that if The Cube is available and we believe Josi would be ready if called upon we are set. If either of the latter seems unlikely then I'm all for re-signing SOB. That was pretty easy huh? Lastly, is the 1000 pound elephant in the room. What about next year when Suter and Rinne come up as UFA's? Can we keep both if we have signed Weber? Would it even be smart to try considering our defensive prospect talent vs our offensive prospects and the glaring scoring weakness we still have in Nashville now? My current thought is no. The thoughts of losing Suter is painful to think about, but unless Lindy or Dekanich has proven number 1 type status we likely would have to let Peks walk to keep him. I don't like that either. I guess I'm glad i don't have to make those decisions afterall. I know I am glad we have the problem because it points out we have a few very talented players. If we decide to not try to keep them all maybe one of them could return us an equally talented offensive player in return.