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PPP Salary Cap Challenge - DaSim85

Alright, here we go:

Player

Cap

Team

Draft Year

Round

FA

C

Reasoner

1.350

NYI

1996

1

2013

RW

Adams

0.675

PIT

1996

9

2013

RW

Hossa

5.275

CHI

1997

1

2021

D

Beauchemin

3.500

ANA

1998

3

2015

LW

Ott

2.950

DAL

2000

1

2014

W

Hendricks

0.825

WAS

2000

5

2013

LW

Kovalchuk

6.667

NJ

2001

1

2025

G

Anderson

3.188

OTT

2001

3

2015

C

Talbot

1.750

PHI

2002

8

2016

LW

Eager

1.100

EDM

2002

1

2014

C

M. Richards

5.750

LAK

2003

1

2020

D

Byfuglien

5.200

WIN

2003

8

2016

RW

Franzen

3.955

DET

2004

3

2020

RW

Hansen

1.350

VAN

2004

9

2014

D

McQuaid

1.567

BOS

2005

2

2015

D

Staal

3.975

NYR

2006

1

2015

D

Weber

0.950

BUF

2006

2

2013

C

Sutter

2.067

CAR

2007

1

2014

G

Markstrom

1.300

FLO

2008

2

2014

D

Gardiner

1.117

TOR

2008

1

2014

D

Hedman

4.000

TB

2009

1

2017

LW

Landeskog

3.575

COL

2011

1

2014

C

Powe

1.017

MIN

N/A

N/A

2014

Lines

Kovalchuk

M. Richards

Hossa

Landeskog

Sutter

Franzen

Ott

Talbot

Hansen

Eager

Powe

C. Adams

Reasoner

Hendricks

Hedman

Byfuglien

M. Staal

Gardiner

Beauchemin

McQuaid

Weber

Anderson

Markstrom

Here's the Capgeek Link (hope this works)

Here’s my rationale:

Proven Winners: This team has 8 Cups winners on it, with another 3 that have made it to the finals. As such, this is a group of players that can win when it matters most.

Defense, Defense, Defense: As we see just about every year in the playoffs, defense is as important as offense (if not, more so). This team boasts 3 strong shutdown defencemen (Staal, Hedman, Beauchemin), and all 5 centermen and Landeskog are known as much for their defensive abilities as their offensive skills.

Special Teams: This team boasts a number of players that see regular PK time (most notably Talbot, Powe, Richards, Adams, Kovalchuk, Hedman and Beauchemin). As for a PP line of Hossa/Richards/Franzen/Kovalchuk/Byfuglien? Yes please!

Stars can be the Stars: I know the idea behind this competition is to make a “dream team” of sorts, which is why there are teams with Skinner, RNH, et al on their third line. That does show great depth, but what good would these guys be on a third line w/ 13 or so minutes of ice time per night? You have to have players in the right roles, and you have to let your star players be your star players. That said, this team’s 3rd line has players who familiar with that role, while still possessing enough offensive ability to be able to fill Top-6 roles if necessary (Talbot, Ott, Hansen).

Here for a Long Time: Only half of this team will go to free agency by the end of 2014, with most key players remaining under contract after 2016 (Hedman, Kovalchuk, Richards, Franzen, Hossa).

A Bit of Grit: While this isn’t the toughest team on the planet, it does boast Ott, Eager, McQuaid and Richards. As well as Mike Weber, in spot duty.

Goalies: This is my version of Boston’s Thomas/Rask model, with the veteran staying in the starting role until the “young padawan” is ready. Anderson is a proven starter, having shown the ability to steal games on multiple occasions, while raising his game in the playoffs. Markstrom has limited NHL experience at this time, but is largely regarded as one of the top goaltending prospect in the NHL.

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