The Cap hit should end up being a bit above the TDA $5 m per with the SJ retention...most would take Burns over TDA with Slavin on a top pair...no?
Oh, God yes. Burns is superior to DeAngelo in every respect even at 37 years old. Plus, for all of his rep as a wild man, on the ice he plays a pretty conventional, if very aggressive, game by modern standards.
Patience. And again, I think you'll find the trade route more likely than a UFA.I'd still like another center signed to replace the Vinny departure...doesn't have to be a big name but a Dylan Strome type would be fine. And I think Waddell circles back on a guy like Tarasenko via trade yet.