I don't get how this KHL seems to offer these outrageous amounts of cash. What is the KHL anyway? Thats the new "We'll offer you millions to come play in front of 4,000 fans, take a broken-down bus across 8,000 miles of wasteland, play for a chance to win the Zverbnvciunekancghtt Cup, wear jerseys with nothing but advertisements on it, play against players that aren't good enough for the NHL, with the risk of being wacked by the Mafia if you try to leave" Leauge. I wouldn't even be assured I would get paid in that league. The KHL should blow 10 million to get Pavel Bure back on skates, train him, and then give him back to the NHL because it just ain't the same around here without him.
Maybe something like this:
Fedetenko * Crosby * Satan
Staal * Malkin * Sykora
Pessonen * Cooke * Dupuis
Kennedy * Talbot * Goddard
Gonchar * Orpik
Whitney * Eaton
Letang * Scuderi
Where does Hal Gil fit in there? He's not too bad when he's not facing a team that can skate all that fast. Hopefully Eaton can stay healthy this year. If not, Goligoski might be ready to make the step up.
The Pens definitely need to find a way to dump Sydor onto an unsuspecting team with idiot management (cough TB take him back) - that would clear up another 2.5 million. That would leave them with somewhere in the ballpark of 4-5 million. A talented winger for Crosby please? Shanahan might be at the right price, Jason Williams is a solid player, and Ladislav Nagy is still around (until the KHL gets ahold of him). Each of these players has the potential to be signed for under 5 million...
See, I was thinking Satan with Malkin simply because of the fact they both speak Russian, but then I remembered Satan is from Slovakia, haha. I think he might be able to rediscover his game paired with Malkin or Crosby (hell, I would score goals paired with either of them), but as I recall he only got the big numbers when he was the head honcho in Buf.