NHL 2006 Off-Season

So there’re only two teams left in the NHL now eh? Yeah, yeah. That’s great. Well my Habs were eliminated in the first round and I want to know what’s up with them. I know there’re a lot of other hockey fans out there who want to know the same about their team(s).


Well I came across a website (http://www.geocities.com/floridapanthers2000/free2006.html) with the information on every restricted and unrestricted free agent in the league. I was excited to find it, but found it was too difficult to navigate because the players weren’t organized in terms of position (defense/forward/goalie). But have no fear, yours truly, Hockey_Expert, had nothing to do today when all of Saturday’s hockey was over (except homework…HAH) so I decided to watse my entire day revamping this list so it was easier to go through for everyone.

BEHOLD

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If anyone plans to post this list somewhere else, feel free to do so. If you do, make sure to give credit to the website (http://www.geocities.com/floridapanthers2000/free2006.html), not me.

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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT (UFA): If an unrestricted free agent accepts an offer, his former team has no right to match the contract. (ex. Atlanta offers Dunham $1mil/year, Ottawa offers Dunham $1.5mil/year, Dunham accepts Ottawa’s offer, Dunham is a Sen for $1.5mil/year)

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT (RFA): If a restriced free agent accepts an offer, his former team has rights to match the offer, or let the player go and get a draft pick compensation. (ex 1. Boston offers Bryzgalov $4mil/year, Anaheim matches the offer, Bryzgalov is a Duck, Boston gets nothing) (ex 2. Boston offers Bryzgalov $4mil/year, Anaheim does not match the offer, Bryzgalov is a Bruin, Anaheim gets one of Boston’s draft picks)

Note: highest amount of money offered is irrelevant.

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*****ALL LISTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY TEAM*****

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Unrestricted Goalies:

ANA – No unrestricted goalies

Mike Dunham – ATL

Steve Shields – ATL

BOS – No unrestricted goalies

Martin Biron – BUF

Brian Boucher – CGY

Martin Gerber – CAR

CHI – No unrestricted goalies

COL – No unrestricted goalies

Martin Prusek – CBJ

Johan Hedberg – DAL

Manny Legace – DET

Chris Osgood – DET

Dwayne Roloson – EDM

Jamie McLennan – FLA

LAK – No unrestricted goalies

MIN – No unrestricted goalies

Yann Danis – MTL

Cristobal Huet – MTL

Chris Mason – NSH

Scott Clemmenson – NJD

Wade Dubielwicz – NYI

NYR – No unrestricted goalies

Dominik Hasek – OTT

Jamie Storr – PHI

Curtis Joseph – PHX

Dany Sabourin – PIT

Patrick Lalime – STL

Nolan Schaefer – SJS

John Grahame – TBL

Ed Belfour – TOR

Wade Flaherty – VAN

Maxime Ouellet – VAN

Brent Johnson – WSH

Restricted Goalies:

Ilya Bryzgalov – ANA

Michael Garnett – ATL

Kari Lehtonen – ATL

Adam Berkhoel – ATL

Andrew Raycroft – BOS

Hannu Toivonen – BOS

Michael Leighton – BUF

Ryan Miller – BUF

CGY – No restricted goalies

CAR – No restricted goalies

Adam Munro – CHI

Vitaly Kolesnik – COL

Peter Budaj – COL

Marc Denis – CBJ

Pascal LeClaire – CBJ

DAL – No restricted goalies

DET – No restricted goalies

EDM – No restricted goalies

Roberto Luongo – FLA

Mathieu Garon – LAK

Josh Harding – MIN

David Aebischer – MTL

Brian Finley – NSH

NJD – No restricted goalies

Rick DiPietro – NYI

NYR – No restricted goalies

Ray Emery – OTT

Mike Morrison – OTT

Antero Nittymaki – PHI

David LeNeveu – PHX

Phillipe Sauve – PHX

Andy Chiodo – PIT

Marc-Andre Fleury – PIT

Jason Bacashihua – STL

Curtis Sanford – STL

SJS – No restricted goalies

TBL – No restricted goalies

Jean-Francois Racine – TOR

Mikael Tellqvist – TOR

Alex Auld – VAN

Mika Noronen – VAN

WSH – No restricted goalies

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UFA Forwards (worth mentioning):

Teemu Selanne – ANA

Jeff Friesen – ANA

Tyler Wright – ANA

Marc Savard – ATL

Peter Bondra – ATL

Scott Mellanby – ATL

Ramzi Abid – ATL

Mariusz Czerkawski – BOS

Tom Fitzgerald – BOS

Brad Isbister – BOS

Marty Reasoner – BOS

Mike Grier – BUF

Chris Taylor – BUF

Andrew Peters – BUF

Shean Donovan – CGY

Mike LeClerc – CGY

Craig MacDonald – CGY

Chris Simon – CGY

Craig Adams – CAR

Matt Cullen – CAR

Mark Recchi – CAR

Doug Weight – CAR

Eric Daze – CHI

Eric Meloche – CHI

Mark Cullen – CHI

Joe Sakic – COL

Jim Dowd – COL

Dan Hinote – COL

Antti Laaksonen – COL

Jan Hrdina – CBJ

Trevor Letowski – CBJ

Jody Shelley – CBJ

Jason Arnott – DAL

Mattias Tjarnqvist – DAL

Brendan Shanahan – DET

Mark Mowers – DET

Steve Yzerman – DET

Radek Dvorak – EDM

Todd Harvey – EDM

Georges Laraque – EDM

Rem Murray – EDM

Fernando Pisani – EDM

Sergei Samsonov – EDM

Mike Peca – EDM

Denis Shvidki – FLA

Derek Armstrong – LAK

Valeri Bure – LAK

Mark Parrish – LAK

Jeremy Roenick – LAK

Marc Chouinard – MIN

Randy Robitaille – MIN

Jan Bulis – MTL

Aaron Downey – MTL

Niklas Sundstrom – MTL

Yannic Perreault – NSH

Mike Sillinger – NSH

Patrik Elias – NJD

Viktor Kozlov – NJD

Jay Pandolfo – NJD

Erik Rasmussen – NJD

Jamie Langenbrunner – NJD

Travis Brigley – NYI

Wyatt Smith – NYI

Justin Mapletoft – NYI

Steve Rucchin – NYR

Martin Rucinsky – NYR

Martin Straka – NYR

Petr Sykora – NYR

Steve Martins – OTT

Vaclav Varada – OTT

Donald Brashear – PHI

Brian Savage – PHI

Boyd Deveraux – PHX

Mike Ricci – PHX

Geoff Sanderson – PHX

Eric Boguniecki – PIT

Robert Scuderi – PIT

Martin Strbak – PIT

Aleksey Morozov – PIT

Dean McAmmond – STL

Dallas Drake – STL

Petr Cajanek – STL

Ryan Johnson – STL

Jamal Mayers – STL

Vladimir Orzagh – STL

Scott Young – STL

Scott Thornton – SJS

Alyn McCauley – SJS

Ville Nieminen – SJS

Chris Dingman – TBL

Clark Wilm – TOR

Jason Allison – TOR

Eric Lindros – TOR

John Pohl – TOR

Anson Carter – VAN

Jarkko Ruttu – VAN

Trevor Linden – VAN

Richard Park – VAN

Chris Clark – WSH

Brian Willsie – WSH

Andrew Cassels – WSH

Jeff Halpern – WSH

RFA Forwards (worth mentioning):

Stanislav Chistov – ANA

Chris Kunitz – ANA

Joffrey Lupul – ANA

Andy McDonald – ANA

Travis Moen – ANA

Patrik Stefan – ATL

Patrice Bergeron – BOS

Brad Boyes – BOS

Josh Langfeld – BOS

Maxim Afinogenov – BUF

Daniel Briere – BUF

Tim Connolly – BUF

Jean-Pierre Dumont – BUF

Paul Gaustad – BUF

Ales Kotalik – BUF

Adam Mair – BUF

Jason Pominville – BUF

Taylor Pyatt – BUF

Derek Roy – BUF

Kristian Huselius – CGY

Chuck Kobasew – CGY

Matt Lombardi – CGY

Jamie Lundmark – CGY

Erik Cole – CAR

Chad Larose – CAR

Eric Staal – CAR

Justin Williams – CAR

Mark Bell – CHI

Rene Bourque – CHI

Kyle Calder – CHI

Michael Holmqvist – CHI

Tuomo Ruutu – CHI

Pavel Vorobiev – CHI

Radim Vrbata – CHI

Cody McCormick – COL

Brett McLean – COL

Marek Svatos – COL

Alex Tanguay – COL

Jaroslav Balastik – CBJ

Jason Chimera – CBJ

Dan Fritsche – CBJ

Manny Malhotra – CBJ

Michael Rupp – CBJ

Alexander Svitov – CBJ

Nikolai Zherdev – CBJ

Niklas Hagman – DAL

Niko Kapanen – DAL

Steve Ott – DAL

Jaroslav Svoboda – DAL

Dan Cleary – DET

Johan Franzen – DET

Jason Williams – DET

Ales Hemsky – EDM

Shawn Horcoff – EDM

Jarrett Stoll – EDM

Greg Campbell – FLA

Nathan Horton – FLA

Juraj Kolnik – FLA

Vaclav Nedorost – FLA

Serge Payer – FLA

Jon Sim – FLA

Stephen Weiss – FLA

Sean Avery – LAK

Eric Belanger – LAK

Dustin Brown – LAK

Mike Cammalleri – LAK

Derek Boogard – MIN

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – MIN

Brent Burns – MIN (has played all positions but goalie)

Pascal Dupuis – MIN

Marian Gaborik – MIN

Mikko Koivu – MIN

Steve Begin – MTL

Pierre Dagenais – MTL

Chris Higgins – MTL

Garth Murray – MTL

Alexander Perezhogan – MTL

Mike Ribeiro – MTL

Michael Ryder – MTL

Denis Arkhipov – NSH

Martin Erat – NSH

Vern Fiddler – NSH

Adam Hall – NSH

Scott Hartnell – NSH

David Legwand – NSH

Jerred Smithson – NSH

Jordin Tootoo – NSH

Scottie Upshall – NSH

Brian Gionta – NJD

Scott Gomez – NJD

Arron Asham – NYI

Sean Bergenheim – NYI

Eric Godard – NYI

Trent Hunter – NYI

Justin Papineau – NYI

Mike York – NYI

Blair Betts – NYR

Marcel Hossa – NYR

Dominic Moore – NYR

Colton Orr – NYR

Jed Ortmeyer – NYR

Jason Ward – NYR

Tyler Arnason – OTT

Martin Havlat – OTT

Chris Kelly – OTT

Brian McGratton – OTT

Chris Neil – OTT

Peter Schaefer – OTT

Jason Spezza – OTT

Antoinne Vermette – OTT

Matt Ellison – PHI

Simon Gagne – PHI

Branko Radivojevic – PHI

RJ Umberger – PHI

Mike Comrie – PHX

Sheldon Keefe – PHX

Oleg Kvasha – PHX

Ladislav Nagy – PHX

Oleg Saprykin – PHX

Fredrik Sjostrom – PHX

Jeff Taffe – PHX

Andy Hilbert – PIT

Krys Kolanos – PIT

Konstantin Koltsov – PIT

Milan Kraft – PIT (played in Europe this year)

Ryan Malone – PIT

Tomas Surovy – PIT

Jesse Boulerice – STL

Jay McClement – STL

Mark Rycroft – STL

Peter Sejna – STL

Timofei Shishkanov – STL

Mike Zigomanis – STL

Marcel Goc – SJS

Alexander Korolyuk – SJS (played in Europe this year)

Milan Michalek – SJS

Scott Parker – SJS

Mark Smith – SJS

Grant Stevenson – SJS

Dmitri Afanasenkov – TBL

Nikita Alexeev – TBL (played in Russia this year)

Evgeny Artyukhin – TBL

Martin Cibak – TBL

Ryan Craig – TBL

Ruslan Fedotenko – TBL

Brad Richards – TBL

Nik Antropov – TOR

Matt Stajan – TOR

Alexander Suglobov – TOR

Kyle Wellwood – TOR

Jozef Balej – VAN

Tyler Bouck – VAN

Wade Brookbank – VAN

Artem Chubarov – VAN (played in Russia this year)

Lee Goren – VAN

Josh Green – VAN

Ryan Kesler – VAN

Jason King – VAN

Daniel Sedin – VAN

Henrik Sedin – VAN

Kris Beech – WSH

Matt Bradley – WSH

Ben Clymer – WSH

Rico Fata – WSH

Boyd Gordon – WSH

Brooks Laich – WSH

Matt Pettinger – WSH

Brian Sutherby – WSH

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UFA Defensmen (worth mentioning):

Ruslan Salei – ANA

Niclas Havelid – ATL

Hal Gill – BOS

Brian Leetch – BOS

Jiri Slegr – BOS

Ian Moran – BOS

Rory Fitzpatrick – BUF

Teppo Numminen – BUF

Jay McKee – BUF

Cale Hulse – CGY

Bryan Marchment – CGY

Niclas Wallin – CAR

Aaron Ward – CAR

Glen Wesley – CAR

Frantisek Kaberle – CAR

CHI – No unrestricted defensmen

Rob Blake – COL

Bob Boughner – COL

Brett Clark – COL

Karlis Skrastins – COL

Radoslav Suchy – CBJ

Jamie Pushor – CBJ

Jon Klemm – DAL

Patrick Traverse – DAL

Willie Mitchell – DAL

Cory Cross – DET

Jason Woolley – DET

Chris Chelios – DET

Niklas Lidstrom – DET

Jaroslav Spacek – EDM

Dick Tarnstrom – EDM

Igor Ulanov – EDM

Sean Hill – FLA

Jamie Allison – FLA

Alexander Karpovtsev – FLA

Joe Corvo – LAK

Nathan Dempsey – LAK

Filip Kuba – MIN

Andrei Zyuzin – MIN

Francis Bouillon – MTL

Todd Simpson – MTL

Danny Markov – NSH

Brendan Witt – NSH

Tommy Albelin – NJD

Ken Klee – NJD

Joel Bouchard – NYI

Kenny Jonsson – NYI

Tom Poti – NYR

Zdeno Chara – OTT

Wade Redden – OTT

Brian Pothier – OTT

Eric Desjardins – PHI

Kim Johnsson – PHI

Chris Therien – PHI

Jamie Rivers – PHX

Chris McAllister – PHX

Lyle Odelein – PIT

Kevin Dallman – STL

Steve Poapst – STL

Bryce Salvador – STL

Pat Rissmiller – SJS

Cory Sarich – TBL

Pavel Kubina – TBL

Alexander Khavanov – TOR

Luke Richardson – TOR

Bryan McCabe – TOR

Ed Jovanovski – VAN

Nolan Baumgartner – VAN

Sean Brown – VAN

Sven Butenschon – VAN

Keith Carney – VAN

Jason Doig – VAN

Eric Weinrich – VAN

Ivan Majesky – WSH

RFA Defensmen (worth mentioning):

Joe DiPenta – ANA

Todd Fedoruk – ANA

Maxim Kondratiev – ANA

Vitali Vishnevsky – ANA

Steve McCarthy – ATL

Tomas Kloucek – ATL

Andrew Alberts – BOS

Nick Boynton – BOS

Milan Jurcina – BOS

David Tanabe – BOS

Brian Campbell – BUF

Jeff Jillson – BUF

Dmitri Kalinin – BUF

Toni Lydman – BUF

Henrik Tallinder – BUF

Andrew Ference – CGY

Mike Commodore – CAR

Michal Barinka – CHI

Duncan Keith – CHI

Jim Vandermeer – CHI

John-Michael Liles – COL

Kurt Sauer – COL

Ossi Vaananen – COL

Ron Hainsey – CBJ

Trevor Daley – DAL

Brett Lebda – DET

EDM – No restricted defensmen

Jay Bouwmeester – FLA

Ric Jackman – FLA

Lukas Krajicek – FLA

Branislav Mezei – FLA

Steve Montador – FLA

Alexei Semenov – FLA

Mike Van Ryn – FLA

Tim Gleason – LAK

Mike Weaver – LAK

Brent Burns – MIN (has played all positions but goalie)

Kurtis Foster – MIN

Alex Henry – MIN

Nick Schultz – MIN

Daniel Tjarnqvist – MIN

Mike Komisarek – MTL

Mark Streit – MTL

Dan Hamhuis – NSH

Brad Ference – NJD

David Hale – NJD

Paul Martin – NJD

Colin White – NJD

Chris Campoli – NYI

John Erskine – NYI

Denis Grebeshkov – NYI

Michal Rozsival – NYR

Fedor Tyutin – NYR

Tomas Malec – OTT

Christoph Schubert – OTT

Lance Ward – OTT

Joni Pitkanen – PHI

Paul Mara – PHX

Dennis Seidenberg – PHX

Matt Spiller – PHX

Brooks Orpik – PIT

Christian Backman – STL

Eric Brewer – STL

Matt Walker – STL

Jeff Woywitka – STL

Rob Davison – SJS

Christian Ehrhoff – SJS

Jim Fahey – SJS

Josh Gorges – SJS

TBL – No restricted defensmen

Carlo Colaiacovo – TOR

Jay Harrison – TOR

Karel Pilar – TOR

Ian White – TOR

Bryan Allen – VAN

Mathieu Biron – WSH

Steve Eminger – WSH

Shaone Morrison – WSH

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That’s it.

Once again, I got all this information from this website:

http://www.geocities.com/floridapanthers2000/free2006.html

I just rearanged it so it would be esier to navigate.

Sorry if I missed any important players, go ahead and correct me if I did. The same goes for typos, or any other mistake for that matter.

Keep in mind I can’t verify that the list on the wesite is even 100% accurate either.

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So now, onto my opinion. Gainey should (and probably will) sign both Heut and Aebischer to give the Habs that one-two punch in goal he was looking for the Habs to get. I wouldn’t mind giving up Danis as I don’t any potential in him beyond the role of a third string goalie. If they let him go, however, they would have to sign a new third string goalie (unless Lasak is good enough to take Danis’ job now. I wouldn’t know, I’ve never seen Lasak play). Personally, Downey is the only Montreal UFA forward I’d like to see back. Bulis is fast, but other than that, he doesn’t serve much purpose besides a minor physical presence (and a diving coward). The Habs could do better than him with either prosects, or a newly signed player. Sundstrom is nothing but a fringe player. He can be good both offensively and defensively…when he decides to (which isn’t very often). If the Habs were to keep him, he would have to come cheap. As for the RFA forwards, Begin, Higgins, Murray, Perezhogan, and Ryder will all stay. Ribeiro might go to make room for a newly signed second line centre. If not, he better come cheap. Dagenais is gone, gone, gone, as far away as he can go. On defense, Bouillion is a MUST sign, while the lackluster, though physical Simpson, I wouldn’t mind saying good-bye to. If he stays he’ll be a fringe player which means he’ll come cheap. Whether Simpson stays or goes, I don’t really care. There is no way Mike Komisarek won’t be resigned since he’s a RFA. Streit better be gone next season, but I supose Gainey could always give him a second chance.

IF the Habs were to do as I would, I would see to it that the Habs look to sign the following players:

To replace Ribeiro (second line cetre – offensive):

UFAs

Marc Savard – ATL

Matt Cullen – CAR

Doug Weight – CAR

Jan Hrdina – CBJ

Mike Ricci – PHX

Alyn McCauley -SJS

RFAs

Scott Gomez – NJD

Brad Richards – TBL

Unrestricted free agents are easier to sign than RFAs if you exclude the fact that there will be a lot more competition for them, league-wide. Marc Savard, Matt Cullen, and Doug Weight would all fit nicely as second (and maybe even first) line centres on the Habs if Ribeiro were to leave Montreal. Hrdina, Ricci, and McCauley would be my “plan B”s (if other teams beat the Habs in the race for Savard, Cullen, and Weight).

Restricted free agents are much harder to acquire because their teams will be able to match offers. Others may be unrealistic when it comes to RFAs, but not me. New Jersey is already tight on cap space, and with Elias, Kovloz, Pandolfo, Rasmussen, Langenbrunner, Gionta, Martin, and White still to sign, it will be hard to fit Gomez in. There is always, of course, the pssobility of New Jersey dumping one of the aforementioned players to make room for Gomez. If they don’t, the Habs could make a bid for Gomez. Here’s how the Habs get Richards: Tampa Bay is already severely tight on cap space, Richards is making between $1-2 million this season (think he’ll want a raise?), and Jay Feaster (GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning) has leanred the valuable lesson of goaltending being extremely important, no matter what the cost. Basically, Richards is gone from Tampa Bay unless he decides to take a pay cut. He might as well be a free agent. That means the Habs won’t be the only team interested in him though (however, if Richards wants to be close to home, Montreal is the place to be). It’d be nice to have Richards as a 1st/2nd line centre, even if it cost Gainey a little more than he would like to pay him.

The Habs are lacking depth on the left wing (especially if they were to let Bulis go, and I’d like to see Zendik traded, so that’ll mean even less depth), so I’d like to see them go after the following players:

UFAs

Jeff Friesen – ANA

Antti Laaksonen – COL

Trevor Letowski – CBJ

Georges Laraque – EDM

Sergei Samsonov – EDM

Boyd Devereaux – PHX

Geoff Sanderson – PHX

Eric Boguniecki – PIT

Dean McAmmond – STL

RFAs

Mikko Koivu – MIN (hehe)

Martin Havlat – OTT

Oleg Saprykin – PHX

Ruslan Fedotenko – TBL (RW shoots left)

Brad Richards – TBL (C shoots left)

Friesen won’t be going anywhere if Burke has anything to say a bout it, but if Friesen doesn’t want to be in Anaheim, I’d like to see him in a Habs uniform. Laaksonen is a solid depthful defensive forward who’d look good in a Habs uni. The same goes for Letowski and McAmmond. Laraque would be a good fit with the new and improved tough, hard working Habs, as would the powerforward, Sanderson. Samsonov, Devereaux, and Bouguniecki would also all be nice speedy, team players to have on the LW.

Mikko Koivu. A guy can dream can’t he? Havlat could be leaving Ottawa because of their free agent crisis, but I’m not so sure I’d want to have him as a Hab because he could challenge Higgins’ for the top line spot, and Higgins needs time on the first line to develop. Oleg Saprykin would be a nice speedy addition to the Habs’ LW, Fedotenko would be too. I added Brad Richards to the list because the Habs could use him as a LW as well as a centre.

Last, but not least, defense. This is something the Habs’ve had to imrove on for years and with Theodore’s massive contract gone, Gainey might finally be able to afford a good defensive squad:

UFAs

Jay McKee – BUF

Karlis Skrastins – COL

Radoslav Suchy – CBJ

Willie Mitchell – DAL

Zdeno Chara – OTT

Wade Redden – OTT

Eric Desjardins – PHI

Kim Johnsson – PHI

Cory Sarich – TBL

Ed Jovanovski – VAN

RFAs

Paul Martin – NJD

Colin White – NJD

McKee, Jovanoski, Chara, Redden, and Johnsson will probably all be hard to come by as there will be a lot of competition to sign them. Of course, Chara and Redden are the biggest names on defense this year because it’s likely that at least one of them will be leaving Ottawa, and there isn’t a single team in the league that wouldn’t want either of them. Now that McKee has been exposed as the great defensman he is, both his stock and popularity will rise. So if he chooses not to remain in Buffalo, Gainey should give his agent a call. Jovanoski would be a risk to take on because his salary could come at a high price for an injury prone defensman. Desjardins, Skrastins, Sarich, and Mitchell are all quite underrated and there’s a chance they could slip under most teams’ radars. If they do, it would be nice to have any one of them playing for the Habs. There are some other big name defensmen I didn’t put on here only because I think they’ll want too much money (ie. Lidstrom).

I only chose Martin and White as RFA defensmen for the Habs to go after because of New Jersey’s cap trouble. If New Jersey lets them go, Montreal is where I’d like to see them.

So that’s my opinion on what the Habs should do this off-season. Now that you have the information, what do you think your team should do?


44 Responses to NHL 2006 Off-Season

  1. 92-93 says:

    wow, quite the read.

    i just want to throw something out there. according to one hockey blogger – http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blogworld/blog.aspx?blogger=6&post=2193

    apparently he expects Jay McKee to sign a contract that is ‘equal to or higher’ than the one McCabe is signing right now.

    now, i love McKee as a D-guy and I think his 1.6 million contract will definitely skyrocket … but to 5.5-6 million dollars?!?!

    is anyone else finding that a little hard to believe?

  2. 92-93 says:

    at the same time,

    who knows?

    i mean, its no secret that there will probably be a bidding war on McKee’s services and I wouldnt be surprised if Ottawa went after him (considering Muckler drafted the guy when he was with the Sabres). and maybe McKee stays in Buffalo even though some issues need to be dealt with before that happens.

  3. muckies says:

    Redden will get a minimum of 32 million over 5 years, it’s super big time money for good NHL defencemen, not even great, just good. Personally, I would rather have Mckee then McCabe, but at 5 million, they both make to much in the Cap system.

    I thought guys like Redden and McCbae wouldn’t make a dime over 5 million in the new Cap era. But it will be interesting to see what happens with everybody. Chara it looks like isn’t coming back to Ottawa, and Jovo is on the move, and one of these 2 will end up in Florida. Wihtout great young players who earn little money, Like Cam Ward, Staal, Pisani, Horcoff, there is now chance of making the NHL finals.

    Rookies are more important then ever to have sucess, you need the 1 million dollar rookies these days to balance out the inflated salaries of the McCabes and Reddens and McKees.

    Redden will be overpayed, as McCabe is, but the only other option is to see them walk and lose your best defencemen. To bad, these Defenders have their GM’s over a barrel when it comes to negotiations, good thing Ottawa and Toronto have cheap goaltending, or they wouldn’t be able to afford anybody.

  4. Marky2Fresh says:

    I think 2.5 -3 is a fair deal for him, not 5

  5. 92-93 says:

    yeah, i would even say 3-4 million is reasonable – again, considering the bidding war and his playoff performance (all factors favouring McKee getting more money).

    but not 5 million plus. i just wanted to make sure i wasn’t the only one wondering if this was absurd.

  6. 92-93 says:

    also,

    you might want to update the info. on Brad Richards.

  7. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    McKee is a good defensive d-man but there is no way he is worth more than 3-3.5 million per season. In a new cap system there is no way players that are primarily defense first type players can get big contracts like Peca managed to fleece out of Buffalo years back and like the Islanders paid him aswell.

  8. nordiques100 says:

    mckee is due for 3.5 at least. comparable guys like hatcher, rathje got that much last summer.

  9. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    Just because you call yourself a hockey expert does not make you an expert, sorry to tell ya bud. Anyway it will be intersting to see what type of contract a guy like Pisani will get once these playoffs are over, he has been their best forward, scoring cluth goals all the way through.

    As for the Leafs, I hope they go for one of either Legace or Biron, with a slight edge toward Biron, to sure up our goaltending for atleast the next 2-3 years. I think Aubin and Biron would be a great 1-2 tandem.

    In terms of forwards for the Leafs they should atleast inquire about Elias, but also see that there are some pretty good forwards that could be had on the open market for less. Players of interest are: Pisani, Samsonov, Selanne, Shanahan, Langenbrunner, Ricci, McCauley, Carter, etc…Leafs should try to sign 1 or 2 of these guys.

    On D I’d like to see the Leafs try for 1 or 2 of these guys: Havelid, Salei, McKee, Kubina, Spacek, Markov, Jovanovski Mitchell or Johnsson.

  10. kamullia says:

    I didn’t look at the entire list but, some things that caught my eye:

  11. CuJo – signed with Phoenix, he is no longer a free agent.
  12. Recchi – is technically unrestricted. There’s a team option for another year in his contract, so it all depends on what Carolina decides to do.
  13. Scuderi – is a defenseman, not a forward.
  14. Useful info for anyone interested and for you to update your own file.

  • mikster says:

    We’ll keep this up after the Draft, or re-post it.

  • wingerxxx says:

    The only way that McKee would make 5.6 to 6 mil per year is if Milbury were still a GM in the NHL. McKee is a nice component defenseman, but is in no way in the realm of guys like Redden, Chara, etc.

  • wingerxxx says:

    Of the Rangers UFA forwards, I’d really like to see Straka and Sykora brought back. I’m not a huge fan of Straka, but he brings out some great play in Jagr. That alone is worth having him back. Sykora, given a full year with this group, also should do very well. If Rucinsky can be brought back for a decent price, that is fine, but he is getting to be extremely injury prone. Same with Rucchin. Rucchin is a quality hockey player that I think any team would love to have, but like Rucinsky, he’s not getting any younger. And the injuries are coming more often. The Rangers also have Betts, Moore, Ortmeyer and Ward (all of whom need to be re-signed), who can play against top lines. It makes Rucchin nearly expendable, although he’s a good playoff guy. If all four are brought back, that’s fine too, as long as it’s not for more than they made last year.

    There is going to be a lot of competition for Jason Arnott, but I think that the Rangers should at least sniff at him. Maybe someone like Filip Kuba too, if Ozolinsh is done away with, but that is it. Nylander just is not an impact first line center. Arnott clearly benefits from playing behind Modano in Dallas, and I still don’t believe he is a clear top line center in the league, but does pretty well when he plays with guys like Sykora. As such, I expect Dallas to do everything they can to re-sign him. And no, he will not be a Leaf. I really don’t care what happens to Colton Orr or Marcel Hossa.

    On defense, everyone Rangers fan I know is rejoicing at the fact that Poti is likely gone. At least he had better be…Tyutin is a big “duh” resigning, and I think he’ll do better next year, now that he finally has a full year of NHL experience under his belt. Roszival played well enough for a new contract, although it had better not be for a huge amount. He is a decent defenseman, but definitely not perfect. I have no idea what is going to happen with Ozolinsh. The gamble for him at the deadline was worth it, but he’s reverted back to the Ozo of old. Which is why, if the Rangers can rid themselves of him somehow, they should look into Kuba. Not Redden, not Jovanovski, not Chara. Kuba I think, would be a nice fit.

    I just hope that the team doesn’t go crazy with trying to lure free agents in, because it’s a big reason of why the Rangers had no chemistry in years past. It’s also a reason why Toronto needs to stick with their young players as well, and fight the temptation to start throwing millions upon millions at guys like Anson Carter, Lindros, Weight, etc., who have put up good numbers in the past, but are clearly not the players they used to be.

  • doanerfan says:

    Ricci also resigned w/ phx.

  • Leafsin2067 says:

    Good points, but I would be very wary of signing Biron. Sure he had an outstanding stretch of games last season, but I think he’s overrated and I wouldn’t sign him unless he comes cheap.

  • Komisarek says:

    Why would the Sabres trade Biron in their own division…unless the Leafs are willing to overpay? I see Biron going to a west conference team like Vancouver or even Detroit. An impact player is rarely traded to a division rival unless the offer can’t be refused. It all depends on how bad the Leafs Mgmt want Biron. Nabokov might be an easier target for the Leafs.

  • Komisarek says:

    Gainey has a busy summer ahead, he has many contracts up for negociation. There are the obvious, guys like Higgins, Ryder, Komisarek, Huet, Danis, and Bouillon will be offer contracts. Aebisher might also be offered a contract be he could also be a good trading asset for gainey, same goes to Zednik. Bulis already said he wants out.

    Ribeiro is a RFA, but I highly doubt Gainey will make him an offer, if he is not traded, he will be released. Gainey and Carbo will want a team that works hard…everynight, which is not Ribs still, he is the fancy “panzy” type, that will not work with Carbo. I would love to see Elias but he will earn at least 6 million on the market, that might be much for the Habs with Koivu and Kovalev contracts.

    I see the Habs making a pitch for a big 2nd line center, Arnott could be that man, Gainey and Carbo both have a history with Dallas, that might help to bring him on board, will see. Savard could also fit well on the 2nd line but he is not the big 2nd line the Habs need in my opinion, but it would be an upgrade from Ribs.

    The Habs also have enough money to bring on board a premier D-Man, they have the money for Jovo or Chara but I am not sure Gainey will want to spend so much, maybe someone like Slegr, Salei or Kaberle(car) would be good enough and fit with the spending budget.

    I can’t wait to see some action, I expect the first one will be Huet….

    http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/canadiensstory.html?id=793dc834-1176-4357-9f2b-26b943fe4bf7&k=37082

  • Komisarek says:

    I just realized Biron is mentionned as an UFA, I tought he was a RFA. oups….

  • LeafyMcLeaf says:

    All UFA team: (Considering McCabe hasn’t signed yet)

    Selanne-Sakic-Elias

    Shanahan-Roenick-Carter

    Recchi-Savard-Bondra

    Samsonov-Peca-Arnott

    Redden-Chara

    McKee-Jovanovski

    Johnsson-Desjardins

    Roloson

    Gerber

    Belfour

  • Marky2Fresh says:

    I would put blake and markov in, also hasek

  • 369rumors says:

    also, what kinda dum ass lists brad richards as a RFA after he signs a 5 year deal?

  • Senatorsfan78 says:

    Everyone here is what the Ottawa Senators should do.

    The Ottawa Senators should Martin Havlat for Eric Cole.

    To:Ottawa Senators

    Eric Cole

    To:Carolina Huricanes

    Martin Havlat

    Then the Ottawa Senators should trade Tyler Arnason,Bryan Smolinski and they should not bring Vaclav Varada, Domnik Hasek.

    Then the Ottawa Senators should try to bring back both Wade Redden, Zdeno Chara.Brian Pothier

    Then the Ottawa Senators should bring back Jason Spezza,Antoinne Vermette,Peter Shaefer,Chris Neil,

    Brian McGratton,Chris Kelly,Ray Emery,Mike Morrison(minors).

    Here are some free agents that the Ottawa Senators should try to sign

    Left Wingers: Chris Simon, Jeff Friesen,Scott Thornton.

    The free agent I think that the Ottawa Senators should sign is Chris Simo.

    Right Wingers: Jamie Langenbrunner, Mark Parrish.

    The free agent I think that the Ottawa Senators should sign is Jamie Langenbrunner.

    Defencemen: Ed Jovanovski,Eric Brewer, Rob Blake.

    The free agent I think that the Ottawa Senators should sign is Rob Blake or Eric Brewer if they loose Zedno Chara or Wade Redden.

    Centermen: Steve Rucchin,Joe Sakic,Mike Peca, Jason Arnott.

    The free agent I think that the Ottawa Senators should sign is Joe Sakic or Jason Arnott.

    Then the Ottawa Senators should trade for J.S. Giguiare.

    That is what the Ottawa Senators should do.

  • SabresFan220 says:

    Your ideas aren’t all bad, ideally maybe the Sens should get some of those guys. But in all likelihood only 1 of the players you proposed may end up in a Sens jersey next year. I don’t see the Canes giving up Erik Cole for Havlat straight up, it would cost Ottawa him and a high pick because Cole is expected to make a full recovery. Cole brings everything Havlat has and a physical presense he doesn’t have. It’s like trading Hossa for Heatley, straight up would’ve been a steal for Ottawa and even throwing in Devries it still seemed like a steal.

  • wingerxxx says:

    There is no way Carolina will trade Cole straight up for Havlat. Cole is a much better hockey player. Not to mention a key of the foundation of the Hurricane’s forwards.

    There is almost no chance that Sakic will leave Colorado. It’s also looking as if Blake is going to do what he can to remain with the Avs, given his recent comments to the press.

    Ottawa will not be able to afford contracts for Redden, Chara, Pothier, Langenbrunner, Blake and Sakic or Arnott. Just no way. Too many other teams will be in contention for these guys.

    The salary cap is going to keep any team, much less the Senators, from hoarding all of these free agents.

  • 92-93 says:

    yeah, my picks:

    One goalie:

    Biron/Legace/Osgood

    One D-guy:

    McKee/Dempsey/Carney

    One winger:

    Carter/Langebrunner

    or, see how the Gaborik arbitration goes down and start planning for a possible trade there.

  • Aetherial says:

    Ridiculous (so was McCabe’s contract).

    I am guessing maybe 3-4 million… given the market for defensemen these days.

  • 92-93 says:

    oh, and add Danny Markov to the list for D-guys.

    he’s probably cheaper and he is still quite effective from the back end. maybe sign both he and Dempsey – two former leafs – to help anchor the blueline with the young kids.

  • 92-93 says:

    i know lately i’ve been lobbying for the leafs to go after McKee. although i dont think McKee will be making more than 3.5 million a year – its safe to say that teams are willing to pay big time for his services.

    what has happened in the last few days during my research of available UFA D-guys is that two names – both former leafs who are young-veterans – keep popping up. both have top-4 blueliner potential and both will be definite upgrades over what the leafs have now:

    Danny Markov (age 29)

    Nathan Dempsey (age 31)

    now the leafs just cant get one or the other. they must get both. and they can probably get both for well under 4 million per year combined. this also means that any talk of resigning Richardson goes out the window.

    both are probably cheaper and are still quite effective from the back end. maybe sign them to help anchor the blueline with the young kids instead of just signing McKee?

    that way you have Pilar (28 years old), who is battling for the #5-#6 spot and Markov (29) and Dempsey battling for the remaining 4 spots in the roster alongside the 7 young Leaf D-guys (Coliacovo, White, Bell, Woz, Kronvall, Harrison, Vorobiev).

    one drawback: well, Markov, Pilar, and Coliacovo are all struggling with or have struggled with chronic injury concerns. Markov justs gets small 2 or 3 game injures because of the rough style of play. Coliacovo’s concussion is a big question mark right now but he has a lot of young two-way D-guys who can replace him. Pilar’s heart ailment is apparently behind him and there’s very little chance that it will return according to the doctors.

    all 3 guys mentioned above are still quite young but have NHL experience. they can also all provide some offense. Dempsey has a couple of 30-pt seasons on his resume and we all know the kinds of solid offensive contributions (and crisp, tape-to-tape passes) that both Pilar and Markov can provide. finally, Markov has a nasty edge to him that is quite necessary on the Leafs’ blueline. i can also see a guy like Maurice really molding these guys into a cohesive, effective unit.

    therefore,

    from here on in,

    i’ll still lobby for the Leafs to get McKee … but i’ll also make a case for the leafs to try and sign Markov and Dempsey.

  • Marky2Fresh says:

    Markov wouldn’t have to battle for a spot, he’s an excellent and underrated defenseman.

  • habsoverserver says:

    Maybe I misread this article but it seems to indicate that Brad RIchards could sign with Montreal for $1.5-$2 million.

    This begs the question – Is my reading comprehension that bad or did HTR post an article explaining why Brad Richards could sign for less than $2 million, a week after he signed a nearly $40 million contract?

  • wingerxxx says:

    I read it the same way you did. The writer of this article either doesn’t know, or just forgot that Richards signed with Tampa Bay on the 23rd. He’s off the market, and won’t be playing anywhere else next year.

  • Habfanforever says:

    hahahaha Belfour ahead of Huet? that’s funny

  • FlyersfanKyle says:

    Belfour over anyone wow

  • FlyersfanKyle says:

    the Rangers need one Grinder one true grinder that is

  • Kraut182 says:

    The kind of list that isn’t updated on a regular basis. Just be thankful that someone took the time to create such a useful list and fill in the updates on your own if you want.

  • habs_punk says:

    Not sure how Danis is already a UFA, but I don’t know for sure either way so I’m not going to dispute that. However, Jan Lasak is Nashville property, you’re probably referring to Jaroslav Halak. Brad Richards is making $7.8 million or so for the next 5 years in Tampa. And don’t expect to see any RFA’s being signed to offer sheets since the team signing them would have to give up some serious compensation in the form of draft picks.

  • Kraut182 says:

    I was watching PrimeTime Sports on Sportnet today and they had someone (don’t remember who) on who suggested that the reason the McCabe deal hasn’t been announced yet is that it isn’t officially done yet. McCabe has agreed to the deal, but there’s a thing with his wife wanting to be closer to her family/support group(whatever that means) in the New York area.

    So basically McCabe likes the deal, but he still has to talk things over with his wife before its going to happen.

    Also this was the reason for the no trade clause, she wants to have some stability to raise a family and whatnot so I don’t think McCabe will be signing a deal without a no trade clause.

  • wingerxxx says:

    They could use a scoring power forward, or a true first line center…guys like Ortmeyer, Ward, Betts, Rucchin, Hollweg, even Prucha and Moore can all grind with the best of them.

    But scoring power forwards and 1st line centers are always being sought after by other clubs and don’t exactly grow on trees either.

  • tacitus says:

    The Rangers should keep Straka, Sykora, Rucinsky, Jagr, Hossa Malik and Rozival. They should pursue, Kuba, Spacek, Hrdina, Nedved, Bonk. Then attempt to trade Nylander and 3rd round pick to the Sweedish Redwings For Lang

  • tacitus says:

    If the cap goes up I’d like to see the Wings grab one decent player. I am one of the few who like the Legace/Osgood duo. If Legace does leave town my vote is for Biron. For the D, Lidstrom Schneider i hope are resigned, and unfortunately Chelios already is. I liked that Lilja kid, he was tough for a Sweed. If Fischer ends it, that will free up 1.2 mil for his replacement. Kronwell will get more time next year also. The wings dont really need the top end talent thru free agency just a bit of youth and speed. Sign daigle for 450k hes quick and maybe those veterans can turn him into a decent 4th liner. Jovo would be nice but with the cap thats kinda far fetched

  • wingerxxx says:

    Hossa is close to being a waste of roster space. If he belongs anywhere next year, it’s in Hartford.

    Nedved will never be a Ranger again. Nor should he be.

    Bonk and Hrdina would be pretty meaningless acquisitions. The Rangers already have Nylander at center, they don’t need another soft one. Betts and Moore will be back at center I think, and if Rucchin is resigned, that takes finishes that. I will take Rucchin over Nedved, Hrdina or Bonk any day of the week.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Thomas Pock makes the team next year, Spacek would not be necessary. Kuba, however, would be nice. The situation with Ozolinsh is hampering what the Rangers can do on the blueline. If he comes back, there is really only one spot open on defense, assuming that Roszival is resigned. Malik will definitely be back.

  • qball says:

    Both McCauly and Markov have 1 go around with the Leafs already and I would be shocked if either were interested in another try.

    I couldn’t figure out last year why they couldn’t get a deal done with Carter he had a much better year than Antropov, O’Neill or Domi who were all signed for more money then him so maybe they can do it this year.

    I also would expect Selanne and Shanahan are not intereseted in leaving their respective teams and with the McCabe Deal there is not enought money for Kubina, McKee, Jovanovski or Johnsson.

    I personally would like them to sign Langenbrunner and Mitchell but am realistically expecting another Khavanov and Czerkawski

  • tacitus says:

    ummm i was kidding i was just mentioning more czech players who would be easy to get

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