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PPP Salary Cap Challenge, puckurgently

I've put together a team that should terrify any opponent in year 1, and maintain its core for years to come. Iginla should be the only important departure for some time. Full roster, projected lines, and a bit of fat-chewing to follow:

FORWARD TEAM DRAFT 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19
Steven Stamkos Lightning 2008 (1) 7.500 7.500 7.500 7.500 UFA

Jarome Iginla Flames 1995 (1) 7.000 UFA




Mikhail Grabovski Maple Leafs 2004 (5) 5.500 5.500 5.500 5.500 5.500 UFA
James Neal Penguins 2005 (2) 5.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 UFA
Loui Eriksson Stars 2003 (2) 4.250 4.250 4.250 4.250 UFA

Claude Giroux Flyers 2006 (1) 3.750 3.750 RFA



Martin Hanzal Coyotes 2005 (4) 3.100 3.100 3.100 3.100 3.100 UFA
Frans Nielsen Islanders 2002 (3) 2.750 2.750 2.750 2.750 UFA

Marcel Goc Panthers 2001 (1) 1.700 1.700 UFA



Max Pacioretty Canadiens 2007 (1) 1.625 RFA




Patrick Eaves Red Wings 2003 (1) 1.200 1.200 UFA



Carl Hagelin Rangers 2007 (6) 0.875 RFA




Andreas Nodl Hurricanes 2006 (2) 0.845 RFA




Andrew Shaw Blackhawks 2011 (3) 0.565 0.565 RFA



DEFENSEMAN TEAM DRAFT 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19
Zdeno Chara Bruins 1996 (3) 6.917 6.917 6.917 6.917 6.917 4.000 UFA
Andrej Sekera Sabres 2004 (3) 2.750 2.750 2.750 UFA


Cam Fowler Ducks 2010 (1) 1.400 RFA




Adam Larsson Devils 2011 (1) 0.930 0.930 RFA



Dmitri Orlov Capitals 2009 (2) 0.900 0.900 RFA



Chris Tanev Canucks Undrafted 0.900 RFA




Slava Voynov Kings 2008 (2) 0.817 RFA




GOALTENDER TEAM DRAFT 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19
Craig Anderson Senators 2001 (3) 3.188 3.188 3.188 UFA


Tyler Bunz Oilers 2010 (5) 0.683 0.683 0.683 RFA














Payroll 64.144 50.683 41.638 35.017 20.517 9.000 0.000


Cap space 0.156 13.618 22.663 29.283 43.783 55.300 64.300

Projected lines:

Stamkos - Giroux - Iginla

Eriksson - Grabovski - Neal

Pacioretty - Hanzal - Eaves

Hagelin - Goc - Nielsen

Chara - Sekera

Tanev - Fowler

Larsson - Voynov

Anderson

Scratches: Shaw, Nodl, Orlov

Every line should do well possession-wise. Giroux line gets the easier offensive zone opportunities, Goc line gets the thankless defensive zone rescue missions (which is why Eaves plays on the third line instead of Nielsen or Hagelin). Larsson and Voynov both excel in lighter-duty assignments, and all my other D have proven themselves able to play the toughs well. Anderson is unspectacular but reliable, and has played up to 71 games in a season, making the backup a less important investment. This team shouldn't let either goalie see many shots anyway. After this team wins its 10th Cup in a row, a blog called "Bunz is a Fraud" will take the web by storm.

Pacioretty, Hagelin, and Fowler probably demand a reasonable raise after year 1, and letting Iginla walk should make that achievable. Giroux and Larsson have to be paid the following season, when Eaves and Goc go UFA. Keeping Giroux AND Larsson probably necessitates moving out another bit of money that year, but not an immense one — maybe Nielsen (he, Goc, and Hanzal are all capable of being the überpossessor, and Hanzal is signed forever on what might be the most team-friendly contract in the NHL). Ideally, Pacioretty and Hagelin take somewhat of a discount on their second contracts due to being buried behind so much talent, depressing their boxcars.

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