Originally Posted by ericdaoust
My super expert projected lineup:
Scratch: Gomez, Nokelainen
Scratch: Bouillon, Weber
1) My roster has 24 players if we include Price and Budaj. Yannick Weber will be traded for a 4th round pick.
2) Gomez is sticking around in the press box. He could also take White's spot on the 4th line.
3) If Bourque is terrible again he will be bought out this summer. Kaberle too. It might make more sense to keep Gomez since he has just next season left on his contract. Let him sample the Bell Centre food from up high.
4) This is not a playoff team. It may be better, but it's a long way up from dead last. Their massive lack of scoring beyond the first line remains an issue. The defense still has its usual holes and way too much uncertainty. They will finish in 10th in the East and draft 10th overall.
I still hate the Moen contract.
Your forward group is spot on. I might switch Moen and Prust, since Eller and Moen showed good chemistry in the past. I am still on the fence concerning Galchenyuk. Since the Habs aren't contending this season, it could be a good idea to not burn his first year of contract. At the same time, if he is ready, it could help his development to get half a season in the NHL as a first season. If he return to the OHL, I would put Eller to the wing with Plekanec and Gionta, and put Gomez (!) on the third line. Ok, I am not on the fence anymore, bring Galchenyuk in this season, so Gomez could be benched.
At D, the third pair is redundant with Diaz and Kaberle. One of the two should be benched in favor of Bouillon. I would prefer to have Diaz in the line-up, but Kaberle will probably be given the first chance to succeed.
The two contracts I would bought out at the end of the season are Gomez and Kaberle. I know that Gomez only have one year left on his contract, but the Habs have to comply with the 64.3 M cap next season, and they are currently at 60.2, and it doesn't include Galchenyuk, Subban and Desharnais' new contract. The 12 M$ that these buy-out will free will be welcomed by Bergevin.
So in 2013-14, your line-up will pretty much be the same, and Bergevin could use the extra money to shore up the D.
14 teams keeper league (rebuilding)
G=1 A=1 W=2 SO=3
LW: Wheeler, Laich, Hudler, Backlund, Regin
C: Umberger, Eakin, Brassard, Park
RW: Butler, K. Palmieri, Skille, T. Ruutu, Moss
D: Giordano, Bogosian, Coburn, Niskanen, Kubina, Wilson
G: Khudobin, Nabokov