According to WayMoreSports the following 18 players may be holdoutsJean-Sébastien Giguere (G) Anaheim Mighty Ducks
With Giguere wanting somewhere around $7 Mil, according to rumors, he might be a holdout, with the additions of Sergei Fedorov and Vaclav Prospal, but would it be safe to start the season with Martin Gerber, or even rookie, Ilja Bryzgalov?
POH (Probability of holdout): 75%
Petr Sykora (RW) Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Sykora is known to have problems signing contracts, and with Paul Kariya gone, he is now Anaheim’s top goal scorer, if you exclude new addition, Sergei Fedorov.
Nick Boynton (D) Boston Bruins
With Girard out for the whole season next year and Berard leaving, due to arbitration, he is one of the best defenseman on the Bruins blueline, and with Boston being picky with signing free agents, Boynton could very well be a holdout.
Sergei Samsonov (LW) Boston Bruins
Samsonov wants a multi-year deal, while Boston only wants to hand him a one-year deal to see how his wrist will affect him. Each side has their point.
Miroslav Satan (RW) Buffalo Sabres
Satan is playing on a low budget team right now, and will probably be the highest paid player on the team, he decided not to go into arbitration so that’s a good sign.. for now.
Chris Drury (C) Buffalo Sabres
He’s been traded twice already in the past year, he should adapt to Buffalo’s young system.
Josef Vasicek (C) Carolina Hurricanes
With his third-line sport in jeopardy, his signing might become even more difficult, and with trade rumors swimming all around him, the Canes want a lot in return, so he will probably be stuck in Carolina, with or without a contract.
Alex Tanguay (LW) Colorado Avalanche
It would be a good idea to sign him to longer than a one-year deal because Kariya, Selanne, and Forsberg’s contract all end this year. Also with all the trade rumors around him (especially the one to Montreal THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!) could slow down the process.
Marty Turco (G) Dallas Stars
Dallas really needs to sign this goaltender, but he could earn as much of more than Giguere, who probably will not get $7 Mil, but Turco could, now that Hatcher is gone also, it spares money, but the Stars also want to cut down on payroll.
Mike Comrie (C) Edmonton Oilers
It would be good to sign Comrie before training camp since he is their no. 1 center, but with the recent signing of Ryan Smyth.. who knows what the Oilers will do.
Georges Laraque (RW) Edmonton Oilers
He could be a holdout for a while, because he is reportedly seeking $4.5 Million over 3 years, an average of $1.5 Million a year, something that small payroll Oilers might not be willing to offer.
Marian Gaborik (RW) Minnesota Wild
The lowest paid team in the league, their best player, and future superstar is seeking $6 Million a year, this could result in a highly probable holdout.
Andrei Markov (D) Montreal Canadiens
Markov proved himself to be the best offensive defensemen the Habs have, and has also been contacted by Russian teams, so his asking price could go up, but he will most likely be re-signed by the Habs since they need him.
Saku Koivu (C) Montreal Canadiens
Koivu has been playing most of his career on one-year contracts, and would like to sign a multi-year deal. He also will get a raise, higher than the $3.3 Million offer he rejected, scoring 71 points last year, and being the team’s captain. This is a very much needed signing for the Habs. He chose not to go into arbitration, saying he thinks him and the club can agree on a deal, but nothing has been done yet.
David Legwand (C) Nashville Predators
Legwand being the Predator’s best offensive player would like to sign a multi-year contract, but Nashville wants 1 year to see what will happen after the upcoming labor battle. This could slow down negotiations.
Brian Gionta (RW) New Jersey Devils
Small Gionta is an underrated goal scorer, but Lamoriello might want to take advantage of that, knowing he is tough on contract negotiations.
Martin Havlat (RW) Ottawa Senators
Havlat is one of the best young players in the NHL, but plays on the position Ottawa has a lot of depth, RW. Ottawa could even start the season without him just to save money, and make space on the Right-Wing for other players on the team. He claims if he does not get signed, he will go an play in Czech Republic.
Brad Richards (C) Tampa Bay Lightning
Richards, the no. 2 center, played well with Martin St. Louis and the new off season signing of best friend, Eric Perrin might raise the hope of him re-signing before training camp, as he is a vital part to the team’s run for the division title.
Nikolai Antropov (C) Toronto Maple Leafs
With the Leafs mostly searching for a new GM, they haven’t paid much attention into signing Antropov, they have offered him a one year deal, and said they will not raise the price of the original offer, so it’s take it or leave it for Antropov.