Notable 2006 NHL UFA Crop

Here is a list that I have compiled of the most notable unrestricted free agents that will hit the market starting July 1st. As you can see there are several interesting players that can help teams in need, this coming off season.

ANA-Jason Marshall Andy McDonald Ruslan Salei Jeff Friesen Teemu Selanne Tyler Wright Chris Kunitz Kip Brennan Joe DiPenta Trevor Gillies Kent Huskins Zenon Konopka Bruno St. Jacques

ATL- Marc Savard Serge Aubin Peter Bondra Mike Dunham Niclas Havelid Slava Kozlov Scott Mellanby Ronald Petrovicky Steve Shields Andy Sutton

BOS- P.J. Axelsson Tom Fitzgerald Hal Gill Brad Isbister Dan Lacouture Brian Leetch Jiri Slegr Tim Thomas Milan Jurcina Marty Reasoner Mariusz Czerkawski Patrick Leahy

BUF- Rory Fitzpatrick Maxim Afinogenov Martin Biron Daniel Briere Tim Connolly Jean-Pierre Dumont Mike Grier Jochen Hecht Toni Lydman

Jay McKee Teppo Numminen Chris Taylor Doug Janik Andrew Peters

CAL- Zenith Komarniski Shean Donovan Bryan Marchment Chris Simon Stephane Yelle Mike LeClerc

CAR- Matt Cullen Martin Gerber Frantisek Kaberle

Niclas Wallin Aaron Ward Glen Wesley Doug Weight

Mark Recchi**

CHI- Kyle Calder Eric Daze Eric Meloche Milan Bartovic Mark Cullen Mikael Holmqvist Shawn Thornton

COL- Jim Dowd Rob Blake Bob Boughner Brett Clark Dan Hinote Antti Laaksonen Brett McLean

Joe Sakic Karlis Skrastins

CBJ- Manny Malhotra Andy Delmore Marc Denis Jan Hrdina Trevor Letowski Martin Prusek Jody Shelley Radoslav Suchy David Vyborny Ron Hainsey

DAL- Jason Arnott Garrett Burnett Johan Hedberg Jon Klemm** Patrick Traverse Mattias Tjarnqvist

Willie Mitchell

DET- Dan Cleary Chris Chelios Bryan Helmer Manny Legace Niklas Lidstrom Andreas Lilja Eric Manlow Mark Mowers Chris Osgood Mikael Samuelsson Brendan Shanahan Jason Woolley Steve Yzerman Cory Cross

EDM- Radek Dvorak Todd Harvey Georges Laraque

Mike Peca Fernando Pisani Igor Ulanov Dwayne Roloson Sergei Samsonov Dick Tarnstrom

FLA- Dan Focht Sean Hill Alexander Karpotsev Jamie McLennan** Jean-Marc Pellietier Ric Jackman

Jon Sim

LA- Derek Armstrong Eric Belanger Valeri Bure Joe Corvo Jeff Cowan Nathan Dempsey Mathieu Garon

Luc Robitaille Jeremy Roenick Mark Parrish

MIN- Marc Chouinard Randy Robitaille Alexander Daigle Filip Kuba Kirby Law Andrei Zyuzin Rikard Wallin Kyle Wanvig Eric Westrum Dustin Wood

MON- Steve Begin** David Abeiescher Francis Bouillon Jan Bulis Pierre Dagenais Cristobal Huet

Jeff Paul Mark Streit Niklas Sundstrom Peter Vandermeer Yann Danis Todd Simpson Aaron Downey

NSH- Rick Berry David Legwand Jamie Allison Greg Classen Mark Eaton Danny Markov Mike Sillinger Scott Nichol Yannic Perreault Jeremy Stevenson Marek Zidlicky Vernon Fiddler Jerred Smithson Brendan Witt

NJ- Tommy Albelin Scott Clemmenson Patrik Elias

Viktor Kozlov Darren Langdon Jamie Langenbrunner Krysztof Oliwa Jay Pandolfo

Erik Rasmussen Jason Weimer Colin White Ari Ahonen Bobby Allen Ken Klee

NYI- Aaron Asham Joel Bouchard Travis Brigley Rob Collins Jeff Hamilton Radek Martinek Tomi Pettinen Wyatt Smith Mike York Kevin Colley

NYR- Jason Ward Tom Poti Dale Purinton Steve Rucchin Martin Rucinsky Martin Straka Jason Strudwick Petr Sykora Fedor Fedorov Alexander Giroux Martin Grenier Dominic Moore Chad Wiseman

OTT- Brian McGratton Zdeno Chara Dominik Hasek

Steve Martins Brian Pothier Wade Redden Peter Schaeffer Vaclav Varada Lance Ward Joe Cullen

Jeff Heerema Chris Kelly Charlie Stephens Mike Morrisson

PHI- Donald Brashear Eric Desjardins Denis Gauthier Kim Johnsson Brian Savage John Slaney

Jamie Storr Chris Therien Pat Kavanaugh Ryan Ready

PHX- Oleg Kvasha Paul Mara Brian Boucher Boyd Deveraux Jamie Rivers Curtis Joseph Chris McAllister Steve Passmore Pascal Rheaume Mike Ricci** Geoff Sanderson Martin Sonnenberg Mike Bishai Pavel Brendl Steve Gainey

PIT- Eric Boguniecki Lyle Odelein Lasse Pirjeta Ryan Vandenbussche Andy Hilbert David Koci Guillaume Lefebvre Matt Murley Dany Sabourin

Robert Scuderi

STL- Eric Brewer Petr Cajanek Reinhard Divis Dallas Drake Ryan Johnson Patrick Lalime Reed Low Jamal Mayers Dean McAmmond Steve Poapst

Bryce Salvador Trent Whitfield Scott Young Trevor Byrne Kevin Dallman Simon Gamache Mike Glumac

Curtis Sanford Vladimir Orszagh

SJ- Alyn McCauley Scott Parker Mark Smith Scott Thornton Ville Nieminen Nolan Schaffer Garrett Stafford Alexander Korolyuk

TB- Cory Sarich Chris Dingman John Grahame Pavel Kubina Todd Rohloff Jarrod Skalde Brian Eklund

TOR- Brad Brown Jason Allison Jean-Sebastien Aubin Ed Belfour** Aki Berg Alexander Khavanov

Chad Kilger Eric Lindros Bryan McCabe Marc Moro

Karel Pilar Clarke Wilm Mike Hoffman Brad Leeb

John Pohl Luke Richardson

VAN- Keith Carney Eric Weinrich Sean Brown Nolan Baumgartner Wade Brookbank Anson Carter

Craig Darby Jason Doig Wade Flaherty Lee Goren

Josh Green Ed Jovanovski Trevor Linden Richard Park Jarkko Ruttu Tyler Bouck Maxime Ouellet

WAS- Rico Fata Matt Bradley Andrew Cassels Frederic Cassivi Chris Clark Ben Clymer Colin Forbes Jeff Halpern Jamie Heward Brent Johnson Ivan Majesky Bryan Muir Brian Willsie Jean-Francois Fortin Graham Mink Lawrence Nycholat

Petr Sykora Nolan Yonkman Miroslav Zalesak Doug Doull

71 Responses to Notable 2006 NHL UFA Crop

  1. thegoalie1976 says:

    I think there is a snowballs chance in hell that Spezza would ever sign to play in Toronto.

    Why the hell would he want to?

    He is already playing for the best team in ontario, and their franchise player.

    Spezza will likely play for ottawa for the rest of his career.

    But believe me spezza is smart enough to stay the hell away from toronto….

  2. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    no i think he is coming up on UFA. he is like 27 or 28 i think.

  3. thegoalie1976 says:


    Mabey montreal wanted to free up salary to sign Caron, or Garon in the offseason.

  4. Senatorsfan78 says:

    Being a Sens fan and living in Ottawa I think that the Sens will be able to sign both Wade Redden and Zedeno Chara during the summer!!!!!

    If they Can’t sign Wade Redden hear are two names I htink they should sign.

    Defencemen: Eric Brewer, Hal Gill

    I think the sens should let go of three guys in the off season Bryan Smolinski, Tyler Arnason, Vaclav Varada and here are some wingers and centemen that they should try to sign one winger and centermen.

    Wingers: Chris Simon, Patrik Elias, Scott Thorton, Jeff Friesen, P.J. Axlesson, Mike LeClerc, Brad Isbister, Eric Daze.

    Centermen: Jason Arnott, Steve Rucchin, Mike Ricci.

    When the Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup and if Domnik Hasek decides to retire after the Ottawa Senators win the Cup they should try to sign one of two Goaltenders.

    Goaltenders: Curtis Joseph, Mark Denis

    That is what the Ottawa Senators should do and those are the players they should look at.

  5. mtl_prince says:

    Robitaille who?

    Luc, he;s 40 and going to retire

  6. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    resign aebischer he would be good for you guys. his best years are still to come.

  7. SabresFan220 says:

    Maybe Lapperriere leads the league in shots blocked by a forward, but last I heard Jay Mckee and Karlis Skrastins (sp) were constantly shifting between #1 and #2 in blocked shots.

  8. i_know_hockey says:

    Biron is restricted… he makes 2.15 million a year.. i guarentee he will be traded in the offseason. GM Darcy Regeir says “we will address the goalie situation once again over the summer”

  9. Freeze says:

    If the Wings should be fortunate enough to win the Cup this year, I have to believe Yzerman would definitely retire on top. Even without a Cup, Steveie might be gone, especially after bowing out of the Olympics. He’s telling us he’s at the end of the road.

    I would resign Shanahan and, assuming Stevie’s gone, make him captain.

    Lidstrom will resign. He’s too deeply involved with the Wings and the Detroit area to leave.

    Legace needs to be retained. Ozzy has played very well of late, but if a better goalie’s available at the right price, make the move.

    I would let Cross and Lilja go and try to sign 2 more ‘D’ men, maybe Keith Carney and someone else. Maybe promote Lebda to full time?

    Up front, with Gregorenko and Hudler doing so well, I would backfill from within to possibly replace Yzerman and Maltby (4-4-8 +/- -11).

    The Wings just need to fine tune. Keep in mind that some players will accept less to play for a shot at the Cup.

  10. burnz30 says:

    Briere is 28 years old right now, but will be 29 when the season starts next year. He signed a one yr deal in Aug/05, that him an RFA.(He turns 29 when the season starts, but I’m pretty sure the deadline is before the season, like July 1 or when trainning camp starts). Afinogenov isn’t a UFA, he’s an RFA as he’s only 27. Biron is 28 right now and singed a one year deal in Aug/05. He turns 29 in Aug, so he might be a UFA (if the deadline is the start of training camp)!! Connolly is only 25 and therefore is an RFA. Dumont will only be 28 so he’s not a UFA. Buffalo will have their hands full this summer, especially with the seasons that these players are having. Buffalo can’t continue to spend 28 or 29 million. Just to resign their RFAs it’s going to take quite a bit of money. Not only are those 5 guys RFA they also have Miller, Kotalik, Pominville, Gaustad, Tallinder who are all RFA. Plus McKee, Grier, Fitzpatrick, Numminen are UFA. I don’t know the situation with Lydman, Drury, Roy, Campbell or Kalinin (Although, the last 3 would only be RFA if they don’t have a contract for next year). The majority of their team is not under contract for next year. To resign their RFAs would take a considerable amount of money, and then they have to address their UFAs. Either resign them, which will cost a lot as they are unrestricted, or find replacements in the UFA market or in their farm system. Regardless, Buffalo’s payroll will have to increase just to kept some of their current team together. I don’t know that Buffalo is willing to spend enough to keep this team together. They have at lest 10 RFAs, who are the core of the team and are having career years. Plus at least 4 UFAs that would be hard to replace if they lose them. I’m not saying they need to spend the max, but they’ve got to bump it up over 30 million – maybe 32 million to keep the majority of that team together.

  11. habs_punk says:

    I know it’s kind of beating a dead horse to say this, but there’s no way in hell that either Gerber or Legace signs with the Leafs for 2.5 mil.

  12. oiler1fan says:

    looks like the leafs are gonna get everybody AGAIN just like at this trade deadline…

  13. dcz28 says:

    Sadly i agree with you on Stevie Y…i just wish the Wings would have played the Sens in Ottawa this year so i could see him one last time before he retires

    Also agree about Osgood and Legace but only let Osgood go if they can make a trade for Luongo or another great young goalie

    As for the “C” when Stevie is gone it should go to either Lidstrom or Shanny or maybe they might give it to Zetterberg even though he’s still young but so was Yzerman when he got the “C”

    Totally agree about letting Lilja and Cross go but i don’t know about Keith Carney though because he didn’t look too good with the Nucks last night against the Wings…i’d love for the Wings to get Chara as they need a physical dman but i doubt the Sens will let him walk…Gauthier might be a good fit as i wanted the Wings to get him at the deadline…who ever they get it should be a physical dman and one that can drop the gloves when needed. Lebda should have a spot for next season also he has some good skills and speed

    I would keep Maltby although his numbers aren’t that good he is great with Draper as the #1 pk unit and draws penalties with his big mouth and quick feet

  14. Aetherial says:

    Exactly why he will be the *big* free agent signing by the Leafs 🙁

  15. Senatorsfan78 says:

    I think that the Ottawa Senators are going to get Zdeno Chara,Wade Redden under contrac.

    When the Ottawa Senators get Zdeno Chara,Wade Redden, Jason Spezza, Martin Havlat under then they whould try to sign Chris Simon, Jason Arnott.

    Then the Ottawa Senators should let go of Bryan Smolinski,Vaclav Varada.

  16. gemini_the_drunk says:

    Dallas will re-sign Arnott. There is no way he will walk. He would re-sign here for less money if neccessary. That is insane to think that Dallas will let Jason Arnott walk. Arnott will be in a Stars uniform for a long time. And you can quote me.

  17. gemini_the_drunk says:

    If the Sens can’t sign Redden? You mean to tell me you would let Redden walk and retain Chara if you had a choice. I’m sorry but, that sounds crazy to me. By the way, Arnott is not going to leave Dallas.

  18. Freeze says:

    All good points…

    I think Maltby might add more value come playoff time. He’s a big time playoff performer, but has struggled with the new rules in the NHL. He’s a clutch and grab kind of guy. A lot depends on how the refs call the playoffs – by the book, or swallow the whistle. We’ll see soon enough.

    I did notice Carney slowing down a bit the other night. I think you might be right about him. Chara would look great in a Red Wing uniform, but could they afford him?

  19. tacitus says:

    Its all about cost containment. I do not wanna see the wings dump alot of money in luongo when they can pay legace and osgood combined less and have money to put somewhere else. Neither goalie is as good but they are a good duo as long as Ossie is backup. I was thinking the wings would save some money signing Lidstrom but since hes having his best season offensively ever he will prolly command top dollar still especially if he wins his 4th norris in 5 seasons. The wings also have to find out about Fisher, is he done or not. I hate chelios but dont mind him as a depth d man. The team is good as is, keep who u can and if somebody wants to be overpaid then ship em. Don’t keep Samualsson for over a mil when u can bring in Daigle for 450k to play 10 min a game. I dont see the Wings having money for chara, 2 years ago its a done deal!

  20. p0k3 says:

    Looks like the Wing’s signed Samuelson for three years on Saturday. I’m not sure what the numbers were but knowing Ken Holland they were most likely fair.

  21. jonnygf40 says:

    This isn’t a list of UFA. A lot of these players are Restricted free agents, which means they will most likely resign with the respective teams. This is a poor list of players that are going to hit the UFA market, because most of them are Restricted.

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