2nd Tear Unrestricted Free Agents.

So this article isnt about the big names that will impact teams dramatically with such names like Gomez, Briere, Drury, Kariya and so on .. instead im mixing things up and im going to talk about the players not many people are talking about .. sometimes its the small moves that win Stanley Cups .. not the drastic moves.

I also want to point out .. People need to read the ENTIRE article before they post comments .. my last post i had a deal that said Weiss and Stewart OR Horton for Fernandez .. People mixed things up and called that trade unrealistic because “Florida is giving up 3 great players for a sub-par goalie” .. I did not say ALL THREE would be traded .. so please all i ask is read before you comment .. thanks


On to the UFA’s:

Adam Mair – a great defensive forward with not much scoring potential but does he ever get the job done defensivly. Hes a speedy forward with a ton of weight into his checks. He would be a great pick up for any team.

Teams Possibly Interested: Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary, New Jersey

Andy Sutton – a punishing defenceman who will ask for alot of money this offseason. He could possibly be one of the best body checkers in the league. Isnt a great skater but very good defensivly and is always in good position.

Teams Interested: Boston, Florida, LA, Buffalo, Pittsburgh.

Anson Carter – a former 33 goal scorer can provide offence if in the right situation. He has speed to burn, he can lay the body but isnt a great defensive forward.

Teams Interested: Vancouver, New Jersey, Buffalo, NYR, Dallas, Minnisota

Martin Gelinas – He’s called mr.Clutch for a reason, he seems to always come through at the right times, age is catching up to him but he can still contribute defensivly and offensivly. He can notch 50 points still but wont be relied upon to be a key player.

Teams Interested: Calgary, Dallas, San Jose, Ottawa, Montreal

Mike Johnson – probably one of the most underated players in the NHL, This guy can do it all from being a clutch player, a scoring threat and killing important penalties. He has great hockey sense and knows where to be when on the ice, very fast and great skater with a decent shot.

Teams Interested: Ottawa, Boston, Florida, Edmonton, Toronto.

Robert Esche – Can still be a number one goaltender in this league, he is yet to show he can play 50-60 games in the league but for a team that needs a goalie to play 40+ hes the perfect goaltender and will come cheap.

Teams Interested: Toronto, TampaBay, Detroit, Boston, Washington

Ruslan Fedotenko – He can score big goals in big games, He loves to go to the front of the net and has a decent set of hands. Doesnt use his 6’2 frame as much as he should and that limits his overal performance.

Teams Interested: Atlanta, LA, Nashville, NYR, Buffalo

Josef Stumpel – Heres a player in the right situation could flourish for the right team, he has the capability to put up 70+ points each year but never does because of “heart” and injuries. Hes a great passer but doesnt shoot the puck enough, Since he loves to pass defenders usually look for the pass and not the shot resulting into turnovers.

Teams Interested: NYR, New Jersey, Buffalo, Philidelphia, NYI, Washington

Kevin Weekes – a capable number one guy but chances are he wont shine with it, he has the ability to be a great starter but lacks consistancy so therefore whereever he goes he’ll be the backup role player 25-35 games for a team.

Teams Interested: Carolina, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, Boston

Mike Comrie – A very quick skater with alot of speed to burn, he has great hockey sence and can score goals in bunches. He lacks consistancy and could get back to his 60 point days if on the right team.

Teams Interested: Edmonton, Calgary, Carolina, Montreal, Chicago

Gary Roberts – Turning 41 you would think the days of Roberts are over however he isnt ready to call it a career, he wants to win the cup once more and is looking for 2 teams in particular. He is still one of the best checkers in the league, is a great forechecker with speed and is a very physical player who can score goals

Teams Interested: Toronto, Ottawa.

Cory Sarich – Heres one of my favourites, im very surprised this guy isnt more then what he could be. Hes got an absolute great pointshot, a great body checker, he gets in your face and literally down your throat and best of all he shows up everynight. He could provide a 5th type dman to any team looking to add grit.

Teams Interested: Ottawa, NYI, San Jose, LA, Edmonton, Anahiem

Note: Some Teams I Put In There Because I Feel Thats Where They May End Up .. I Mainly Made This Article Simply Because Everyone Is Saying The Same Thing With The Names Like Gomez Blake Briere And The List Goes On.

I’ll Be Back In A Couple Of Days To Write A New Article With New Names After I Do Some Research .. Enjoy And Thanks For Reading.

P.S – If Your Going To Make Immature Comments Or Do Not Like My Ideas I Understand But Don’t Be Rude About It

Thanks For Your Time.

45 Responses to 2nd Tear Unrestricted Free Agents.

  1. MtlHabs09 says:

    Nice article. I like the bit about Mike Johnson. Us Montreal fans underappreciated him.

  2. modk09 says:

    agree completely with both parts

    johnson is grat and should be re-signed

    article is well done. thanks

    oh and bob, please dont go after gelinas

  3. dcz28 says:

    I don't see why Detroit would have any interest at all in Weekes or Esche unless Hasek gets injured for a long period of time during the season since they already have Osgood to back Hasek up…with Howard getting most of the work in the minors.

    Of that list the only ones i would't mind on the Wings would be Sutton (will be asking for too much money  for the Wings to sign) and  maybe Sarich but it all depends on what  Schneider and Markov will want and what Holland is willing to give since they also want to keep Bertuzzi.

  4. FrankTheTank3388 says:

    I wsa thinking the same thing with Weekes and Esche only with Boston. Boston has 1 veteran goalie and 2 prospect goalies. Granted, they need help in net badly, Esche and Weekes will not be an upgrade from Thomas.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I wouldn't call Roberts second tear. He brings a shit load to the team.

  6. FarFromFreedom says:

    The reason i put Weekes or Esche to Detroit is simply because of Hasek's age and status with the team .. Also i have read that He and Osgood could possibly retire.

  7. FarFromFreedom says:


  8. kamullia says:

    Is it your speculation that Pittsburgh is interested in Sutton or can you provide a source? I ask because all that I have heard thus far is that they are not really interested in him.

    Also, Sutton has become more of an offensive asset than a defensive one in the new NHL, with Atlanta using him on the PP. And never mind speed, his lateral movement is a documented liability. And because of those assessments I am told Pittsburgh is not really keen on Sutton because they hardly need another defensive liability and they certainly have no use for further offensive fire power from the blue-line.

    But anything is possible, hence why I am asking if you have a source.

  9. FarFromFreedom says:

    no there is no source .. this is all speculation with the exception of a few players and teams that are very obvious. I did not know about the Sutton and Pittsburgh issue .. i just felt as if the Penguins needed to get tougher especially on the D after watching them in the playoffs.

  10. snowybuttman says:

    Just one thing-Mike Comrie will not ever be an Oiler again he burnt that bridge along time ago and i wouldnt want him on my team.

  11. kamullia says:

    Ahh well…well anything is possible, but so far it all points out that his downside is bigger than what assets he can provide the Pens. You also have to keep in mind that the defensive system that Therrien has installed is dependent upon either lateral speed or good sound positioning, and Sutton is not known for either, which does not make him a likely candidate for the Pens.

    Now, if Nick Boynton is being made available, he would be a good fit in Pittsburgh’s scheme, but that would take a trade, and there is some issues with Pittsburgh and trading for all their needs. That’s an entire article by itself…

  12. kamullia says:

    There is a heck of a lot of truth on that, and I agree. And although weirder things have happened, it is simply highly unlikely the Oil take Comrie back. Especially under the same GM.

    That was a nasty business the two got into over a contract until they just decided to let him run out of town.

  13. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Pretty sure it's tier.

  14. habswinthecup-again says:

     or Comrie

  15. Oil-Life says:

    haha agreed 100%. k-lowe don't want him back.

  16. Glucker says:

    pretty sure we all got the idea anyways

  17. modk09 says:

    but is he at the level of the $7 million dollar men?

  18. Glucker says:

    1) supprised Peca ain't here
    2) Comrie would look good in Blue and White

  19. modk09 says:

    heck no, until he pointed out the error i had NO IDEA what the article was about. thank you, SO MUCH for explaining it to us

  20. DandoEagle says:

    what about danblackburn?

    i think bertuzzi will sign and play witht ottawa this year beacause he wants to win a stanely cup!

    go PEns Go

  21. lukeleim says:

    he's a decent second liner, good third liner… he's second tier.

  22. Senatorsfan78 says:

    I totally agree that Gary Roberts will sign with the Senators.

  23. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    He's as coveted.

  24. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    lol once the article's title makes a spelling mistake(tear=tier), everyone repeats it. haha
    Other than that, it was a good read.  Good job.

  25. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    lol yes they need to relive how it feels to have a teamate screw their wives on the Oilers.

  26. CaptainAvery says:

    Habs don't need Gelinas or Comrie, Comrie is to small, and a player like Gelinas is not what Montreal needs with Chipchura, Locke, Lapierre and many other young forwards looking to make the cut next year, although you had a good post all those players you named are gonna benefit the team they go to, I wish Johnson was staying in Montreal but Gainey never offered him a contract, he'll be good wherever he goes though.

  27. openclose says:

    didn't roberts already commit to the Penguins? i thought i saw that a few weeks ago.

  28. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    Not sure if you were jocking about blackburn, but he retired a couple years back because concussions problems.
    That and the fact that he was horrible…

  29. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    Nope!! They have a meeting in the next couple days to discuss but nothing yet. Go to Spectorstraderumors.com there is an article about it now

  30. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    Sorry http://www.spectorshockey.net/rumors.html thats the old adress

  31. mikster says:

    He wasn’t horrible since he was just a teenager when he entered the league and he has a tissue tear in his shoulder nerve that could not get him to play any more. He had very good potential, what a shame.

  32. Senatorsfan78 says:

    Roberts has not signed and perdict he will not re-sign in Pittisburgh he would have by now so I perdict Gary Roberts will sign with the Senators.

  33. mikster says:

    Well done and yeah, that was me about the Fernandez thing, but i doubt any of the three you mentioned would be traded for Fernandez. Maybe Anthony Stewart, but tough call.

    I like this article a lot though, good job.

    Here is what i disagree with:

    Florida won’t look at Sutton, they have nine d-men.

    Rangers rejoyced when Carter was traded for Jagr, he is not welcomed back.

    And no Comrie to Edmonton, for sure.

  34. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    I love how Pittsburgh isnt listed as a team interested in Roberts but yet, they have already offered him a contract for 2 years 5 million… now something tells me that shows they are interested in Roberts?!?!

  35. robsstks says:

    i'd honestly love to see gelinas come to colorado to play with stastny and hedjuk, but it seems like the avs are probably going after bigger fish. i think geli wou;d be a great fit

  36. lukeleim says:

    he was playing in the ECHL with two blockers on the worst team. still put up some average numbers! he would have been good

  37. KingCanada says:

    Very nice article, sorry for being a little harsh for te Ferandez rumor bashing.  Here are a few Eastern conference players i think you missed that might deserve to be up there instead of some others IMO.

    Slava Kozlov LW 28g/52a/80pts  7 SO Goals (tied for 3rd)
    Mark Recchi RW 24g/44a/68pts
    Victor Kozlov C 25g/26a/51pts  5 SO Goals
    Jeff Oneill RW 20g/22a/42pts
    Tom Poti
    D 6g/38a/44pts
    Tom Preissing
    D 7g/31a/38pts
    Teppo Numinen
    D 2g/27a/29pts

    Yes i realise Recchi will proly only consider resigning in Pittsburg but worth a mention.  Jeff Oneill, as much as i dislike him he still scored 20 goals, might be worth a shot.

    I know you can only put up so many, just wanted to add to wat you started.  Just think those forwards deserve to be up there before Mair and Carter and the defence i put up over Sarich.

  38. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    I love how you can not read the article and yet still make a stupid comment.  If you actually read the article you would have seen in BOLD that he stated that he would not list the teams that the players were originally on as potential teams to resign them. 

  39. Hoondog2 says:

    I always liked Johnson when he was with the Leafs, and i was very upset when he was traded for Darcy Tucker, although in hindsight it was a good deal!

  40. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    You're welcome.

  41. Radio says:

    eye drink hee haz eh poynt der.

    keypuh ohn deefendihing ihncomputtance plox.

  42. wayne2 says:

    I`d like the sens to add size and grit since it is imo what we missed against the ducks.(Chara was missed for that serie).I like either one of:
    Roberts,Mair(4th line grit is always good) or Sarich(big physical defensemen is always welcome).Gélinas`s got heart and is gritty but too small for what we need.(comrie tried to be physical but lacked the size).
    I hoped the sens would`ve signed Scott Walker but too late.Montreal should re-sign Mike Johnson,he is a good and solid veteran.Ottawa dont need him.

  43. the_word says:

    O'Neil is going to the Canucks, and the still won't be able to score

  44. puckhead94 says:

    I guess my question as a member of the pack of rabid Rangers fans that frequent this site is why on Earth would the Rangers show any interest in Anson Carter or Ruslan Fedotenko? Josef Stumpel?

    Are you just throwing pasta at the wall and seeing if it sticks? I'm not trying to sound like a smart-ass, but I've never heard these names mentioned in the same sentence as the Rangers.

  45. Girardi46 says:

    Yes, I laughed when I saw NYR underneath the name Anson Carter. No chance, thankfully.

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