On another board I did a quick calc...meaning I looked it up on CapFriendly, but taking who we have on the roster guaranteed next season, plus dead cap, and subtracting that from the cap floor limit, we'll need to fill the roster with about 1.1M per player, assuming we run 13F, 7D, and 3G. If we don't have the spares the amount per player goes up. I'd like to see some of the long-time prospects get some icetime who haven't received much yet, think Vlassic. I'd also like to see if some of the recent picks can earn a spot next season, like Korch or Allen--not to mention keeping Reichel up.
All of the prospects make sub-1M, so we'll *have* to bring in cap. We got a ton to weaponize. I can see the 'hawks doing that; taking a contract off someone's hands to reach the floor along with picks or prospects. I'd prefer not a defenseman; we got Zaitsev, Jones, and Murph being cap ballast there. But we could take on an overpaid netminder or a couple of forwards.
We need to be mindful that in a rebuild the new guys have to start taking over at some point. I don't think Kaner would fit that mold. He might, if he wants to be a mentor, but I don't think he'd want to be. Toews? Maybe--assuming he doesn't retire and he come back on a short term deal at market value--and I think he hangs them up. To @KBIB
's point. The contracts we need to acquire to achieve the cap floor need to be movable, so anyone looking for a clause or duration has to be given a miss; we already got those with Murph and Jones.
An interesting idea I heard was taking Seabrook's deal back. He wouldn't play of course, but The Lightning don't have much cap wiggle room next year. Might be an option.