What do you think?
Max Talbot - Honestly......you kinda stink but I am paying you the league max to stay if I have to. You are a Pittsburgh legend and even if I have to make a stupid business move I am keeping him. He's not only a hard player but he is also asset to the city and a mad charity fund raising person. The thought of Max in another jersey is like thinking of my wife with another guy. Curdles the blood. He stays!
Pascal Dupuis - If he is willing to take the same money I would keep him. He's in the prime of his career and plays a nice two way game. Capable of playing the 1st-4th lines and is an awesome penalty killing. I wouldn't give him more then an incremenetal raise though. Although a good role player he is replacable.
Adams - Great Penalty killer and I'd keep him for similar money if he wants to stay.
Mike Rupp - Again, as long as it's not a big raise I am keeping him. Perfect 4th liner and able to handle the rough stuff.
Arron Asham - He was good when he was on the ice but I think I am letting him go unless he wants the same contract again....1 year for a little money.
Kovy - I didn't think he was terrible, he just didn't score. Either way I'm not resigning him for any cost. I respect him though as he was a Pen for a long time and a very good one at that.
Tyler Kennedy - Unfortunaley unless he gives up a hometown discount I dont see us being any to keep him. 20 goals is a decent pay plateau up there with Chris Kunitz. I hope he does but I think we'll be playing against him next year. I'll miss this long time Pen like I miss Ryan Malone....a lot.
Comrie - Not even for the league minimum.
Goddard - If we keep Rupp and skate England unfortunately there is no need to sign Goddard. I'm filling his spot on the roster with a better roll player. England could knock him out anyhow
Dustin Jeffery - I am inking him to a long term contract of at least 4 years. Now is the time to sign him before he breaks out and I see it coming soon. Sign him now and keep him around for a while. He has 25+ goals written all over him.
Chris Conner - Despite the fact that he totally blew that penalty shot in the playoffs I say we sign him also to at least a 3 year deal. With TK most likely leaving I would think Connor would be good fit for the Riddlin Kid roll on the team. Plus after a terrible playoff series you are never going to get him any cheaper.
That's it, everyone else is signed but that is like all of our role players. I really think we only need minute changes to the lineup to compete for the cup next year. We need health more then upgrades. I also think a lot of the upgrades will come from within the org from guys like Tangradi, Letestu, Jefferies, Despre, and Nick Johnson as they all improve and grow. As long as we get healthy i think the team is in superb shape heading into next year. The only other thing that I am adding is a Power Play coach without question. Paul Coffey said he wants to do it and they should take him up on it. One of the best QB's of all time right there. I also hope that Kris Letang practices like crazy during the off season cause I blame most of the PP difficulties on him. His inability to shoot accurtely from the point made teams totally collapse on the goal on the PP. They never respected the point shot like they did with Gonch. It's really his last remaining weakness. Fix it!
What do you guys think?