big names, big trades…plus what's left for UFA
Atlanta Thrashers: Byron Dafoe – He had some great years in Boston but has struggled in Atlanta. A team in need of a solid backup goaltender may be interested. Likely destination: Maybe the likes of Carolina may be interested… A return to Boston isn’t out of the question.
Boston Bruins: Felix Potvin – Played great behind Raycroft and still could be capable of being a decent number 1 goaltender. He’s in the same situation as Dafoe and Dunham; They may have to wait in the midst of the season for a starter to go down with injury. Likely destination: back to Boston? Carolina, maybe even Ottawa if Hasek gets injured, or even better TORONTO.
Buffalo Sabres: Chris Drury – Drury has been linked to several trade rumors but it is unlikely that he’ll actually be shipped away. He has soft hands and can rack up points but sometimes is inconsistent. Likely destination: he’s staying put.
Carolina Hurricanes: Ryan Bayda – Young depth player. He may just sign back with the Hurricanes or maybe even Toronto will try to take a stab at him. Possible destination: Back with Carolina, Toronto, Vancouver?
Florida: Mikael Samuels son – Earlier he’s been reported to be talking with Ferguson of the Toronto Maple Leafs. These rumors have died as of late. Possible destination: Toronto, NY Rangers?
Steve Shields – Shields was once a decent starter for San Jose but now is only an average backup goaltender… probably come for a cheap price. Possible destination: Vancouver, Montreal, maybe even New Jersey.
Roberto Luongo: This star goaltender has also been linked to several trades but now that the team has filed for arbitration it is likely he’ll stay put in Florida.
Jay Bouwmeester: this unproved young prospect is asking for way too much money apparently. Possible Destination: he’ll probably stay in Florida.
Kristian Huselius: scoring winger, could fit great in Toronto where the Leafs are in need of wingers! Possible destination: He’ll also probably stay put but may be traded throughout the season.
Montreal Canadians: Michael Ryder – RFA. I doubt he’ll be traded but rumors have said otherwise.
Jose Theodore: RFA. Montreal has been unable to sign this RFA yet
Yanic Perreault: Faceoff artist. UFA
New Jersey: John Madden: will Madden be traded to free up some room so they don’t go over the cap? More likely than anyone else on the roster.
New York Islanders: Marius Czerkawski – Sniper. He can rack up to 70 pts per year. UFA.
NYR: Mike Dunham – UFA
Ottawa: Wade Redden: has been linked to trade rumors. Possible destination: Florida?
Peter Bondra – UFA
Tampa Bay Lightening: Martin St. Louis – unless he is willing to sign for under 5 million he’s going to be traded for probably a younger cheaper alternative. Who interested? Everybody.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Owen Nolan – Inevitably a UFA.
Bryan McCabe – Way over paid. Has been linked to trade rumors this summer. Had a terrible year in Europe last year.
Ron Francis: has not announced his retirement.
Washington Capitals: Brendan Witt – He recently signed with the caps but did ask to be traded.
Western Conference soon to come.