Thanks, Q! I think you're bang on.
I think your analysis is fair in a lot of ways. I would definitely agree that they missed an opportunity to improve over the offseason. But saying they have 'big money problems not to far down the road' is a bit of a stretch. I believe they're the only club in the league without a $6M+ player. PLD and Andy are in for significant raises, sure, but it's not like the team needs to find $20M to do so. They'll probably get Dubinsky off their books next year with a buy-out, and trading either of Savard/Murray will help their cap, too.
Thanks Matt! Good catch. Ironically, this helps his cause. Can pretty much sharpie his name in at this point. Who do you think is the odd man out?