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PPP Salary Cap Challenge, Skill2Envy

Straight to the point. I also added the term and cap hit

Forwards

James Neal ($5M x 6) - Jonathan Toews ($6.3M x 3) - Ryan Callahan ($4.275M x 2)

Loui Eriksson ($4.25M x 4) - Logan Couture ($2.875M x 2) - Martin St. Louis ($5.675M x 3)

Matt Moulson ($3.133M x 2) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($3.775M x 2) - Matt Halischuk ($712,500 x 1)

Jeff Skinner ($1.4M x 1) - Maxime Talbot ($1.75M x 4) - Cal Clutterbuck ($1.4M x 1)

Matt Bradley ($950,000 x 1) - Chris Thorburn ($866,667 x 2)

Defence

Niklas Kronwall ($4.75M x 7) - Alex Edler ($3.25M x 1)

Johnny Boychuk ($3.366M x 3) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($1.75M x 1)

Carl Gunnarsson ($1.325M x 1) - Luca Sbisa ($2.175M x 3)

Adam Larsson ($925,000 x 2)

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick ($1.8M x 1)

Braden Holtby ($637,777 x 1)

SKILL2ENVY: $2,008,056 AVAILABLE

Player Name Team Pos Age Salary Cap Hit
Forwards (14)
Toews, Jonathan Chicago Blackhawks C 24 $6,000,000 $6,300,000

St. Louis, Martin Tampa Bay Lightning R 36 $5,500,000 $5,625,000

Neal, James Pittsburgh Penguins L 24 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Callahan, Ryan New York Rangers R 27 $4,000,000 $4,275,000

Eriksson, Loui Dallas Stars L 26 $4,600,000 $4,250,000

Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Edmonton Oilers C 19 $925,000 $3,775,000

Moulson, Matt New York Islanders L 28 $3,000,000 $3,133,333

Couture, Logan San Jose Sharks C 23 $2,750,000 $2,875,000

Talbot, Maxime Philadelphia Flyers C 28 $2,250,000 $1,750,000

Clutterbuck, Cal Minnesota Wild R 24 $1,700,000 $1,400,000

Skinner, Jeff Carolina Hurricanes L 19 $900,000 $1,400,000

Bradley, Matt Florida Panthers R 33 $1,000,000 $950,000

Thorburn, Chris Winnipeg Jets R 28 $850,000 $866,667

Halischuk, Matt Nashville Predators R 23 $825,000 $712,500
Defensemen (7)

Kronwall, Niklas Detroit Red Wings D 31 $4,500,000 $4,750,000

Boychuk, Johnny Boston Bruins D 28 $3,100,000 $3,366,667

Edler, Alexander Vancouver Canucks D 26 $3,250,000 $3,250,000

Sbisa, Luca Anaheim Ducks D 22 $2,000,000 $2,175,000

Ekman-Larsson, Oliver Phoenix Coyotes D 20 $900,000 $1,750,000

Gunnarsson, Carl Toronto Maple Leafs D 25 $1,250,000 $1,325,000

Larsson, Adam New Jersey Devils D 19 $925,000 $925,000
Goaltenders (2)

Quick, Jonathan Los Angeles Kings G 26 $1,700,000 $1,800,000

Holtby, Braden Washington Capitals G 22 $600,000 $637,777
Cap Space: $2,008,056 Payroll: $57,525,000 Bonuses: $0 Roster Size: 23

Forwards

I took Toews over Giroux for the fact Toews is already signed long-term, is one of the best two-way top centres, and a Stanley Cup winner. Toews is a good playmaker so I flanked him with Neal a natural sniper and Callahan can benefit from Toews while adding some grit.

Couture is the 2nd best centre on this team and will benefit from having a smart two-way playmaker in St. Louis and a natural passer in Eriksson.

I originally had Lucic on this team but opted to leave him off due to the raise he is expected to get after his 1 year remaining. I took Boychuk from Boston and took Clutterbuck as my 2nd 2006 draft pick.

No doubt Nugent-Hopkins will be stud. I originally had Eberle as my Oiler pick but it conflicted with original selection of Jake Gardiner and Holtby as a 2008 pick. I thought Nugent-Hopkins would do well with Moulson who has 3 straight seasons of 30+ goals and drives the net. Halischuk could be a gamble but one that I was willing to take. It came down to Halischuk and Nick Spaling for the Nashville pick.

Fourth line as really great skill in Jeff Skinner and hard to have him bump down the guys above him. Neal has proven to be a first line centre. Eriksson fits well on my 2nd line. Moulson has 3 straight seasons of 30+ goals. If things don't work out with Halischuk, Skinner could play his off wing on the 3rd line.

Talbot has some skill to produce with Skinner on the 4th line and grit needed on a 4th line. Clutterbuck adds muscle and can also be counted on for 25-35 points.

Thorburn and Bradley are cheap role players that can also take a regular spot in the lineup.

Defense

All the pairings have a mix of offensive and defensive skills. Kronwall, Sbisa, and Boychuk are good hitters. Gunnarsson is well rounded. Larsson, Ekman-Larsson, and Edler can put up points.

Considering Larsson is my 7th defensemen, my defense corps looks pretty good going forward.

Goaltending

Quick is one of the best in the league, unfortunately he only has 1 year left on his contract. Holtby would be a reliable back-up. He also has 1 year remaining but he isn't in a situation like Schneider where he is ready to be a starter. The tandem should be able to be resigned.

Overall

My team has a good mix of youth and veteran leadership. This team is built to contend now and long-term. Most of the core is signed up long-term with the others mostly RFA. Edler may be lost to free agency in order to resign my goalies. Clutterbuck may be a cause for concern as well but he is an RFA.

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