Here are the best of remaining free agents:

As the dust settles, we look at who remains without a contract. Here are the best of remaining free agents:

1. Jaromir Jagr.

2. Tim Thomas.

3. Damien Brunner.

4. Brenden Morrow.

5. Ilya Bryzgalov.

6. Brad Boyes.

7. Mikhail Grabovski.

8. Teemu Selanne.

9. Ryan Whitney.

10. Ron Hainsey.

13 Responses to Here are the best of remaining free agents:

  1. nordiques100 says:

    I read that Grabovski wants 5 mil. I snickered.

    • reinjosh says:

      I wouldn’t snicker. Seeing what Filppula received from Tampa, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Similar seasons, similar players, and really Filppula has had only one better season (and a bunch of worse ones).

      It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he got it.

      • realistic_leafs_fan says:

        I think Grabo signs in Washington for 3yrs $10.5 mil. That’s my prediction.

      • nordiques100 says:

        All the buyout players who have signed new contracts all got way less than what they previously made. I don’t see it being different with Grabovski.

      • mojo19 says:

        Filppula is way better, Josh are you drunk?

        I mean Grabo is good, but he’s not a heads up passer. Filppula is a very smart and creative passer. They’re both support players, but Grabo is better suited to play with a couple scrubs and then just go with it on his own, where as Filppula is better at supporting quality players and making those around him better.

        • reinjosh says:

          Come on, this is the Detroit bias at it’s best.

          Since some of us are so fond of point totals (one person in particular really not thinking Grabo was pulling his weight):

          Filppula career PPG – 0.519
          Grabovski career PPG – 0.59

          Filppula is a better playmaker, but Grabo is easily a better scorer (in fact only 12 centers have been a better scorer than Grabo has been in the last three seasons), in addition to not actually being that much worse at passing.

          Filpulla has had better linemates most of his career. He’s not making them better, they’re making him better.

          He’s a good player but I’m not taking him over Grabo. Advanced stats back me up. Grabo played against harder competition, had a positive Corsi rating (meaning that contrary to popular belief, as his first season as a defensive forward he actually did pretty well), and was started in the offensive zone only 36 percent of the time. Filppula also had a postitive corsi rating but he started in the offensive zone almost 60 percent of the time (59 percent), meaning he was actually given more oppurtunity to score than Grabo was, by a pretty large margin. And barely scored more. Interestingly enough Grabo’s replacement (Bolland), actually played worse defensively this year, playing agaisnt slightly worse competition. Woops (this is hyperbole, Bolland didn’t have the best of seasons this year. Plus he’s constantly injured).

          Now obviously hockey is more than stats and they only help so much to show a player is a strong player. There’s more to it like intangibles. Which Grabo has in spades.

          I’m sorry but Filppula’s one 66 point season is the only argument he has in his favor. He’s not better than Grabo.

          It’s ok, I’m not bitter (I am a little lol. I’ll hope that Bozak’s increasing point totals since his rookie season are indicitive of things to come but I’m not holding my breath…) but I’ll be happy when Grabo proves teh doubters wrong by putting up a great season.

          • realistic_leafs_fan says:

            I think Grabo will have a good season if he is put into a position to succeed. I keep thinking the caps, as he could play second line and put Laich on the wing

            Erat Backstrom Ovechkin
            Laich Grabovski Brouwer
            Fehr Johansson Ward

            That would be 3 pretty solid lines. Lots of options on the Caps for a third line with their roster. They would probably like to move Chimera, who I would like on our third line if the caps would take back a little to make the cap hit more even. Chimera for McLaren/Holzer kind of idea. They could use an intimidator.
            Since I still think Alzner may be available, so if we take Chimera as well and start with Gunnar + going back…maybe.

            I think that works for both teams.

            • reinjosh says:

              I think Grabo would be a great fit in Washington. I wonder however, if Washington will leave that spot open for Kuznetzov, to show they have faith in him and he has a spot when he comes over post olympics.

              I would love Alzner, but I can’t see it happening. He’s just too integral to that team’s defense. But he’d be near the top of the defensive dman I’d want.

              • realistic_leafs_fan says:

                Alzner just re-signed and got pretty good money, so he is not going anywhere as Josh said. They still have room for Grabo though. Winnipeg & Anaheim could also use a quality centre.

          • mojo19 says:

            Grabo’s point totals are misleading because he was the go-to guy for a couple years under Wilson. Filppula much better. That’s my analysis, you can disagree if you want, but I’ve always been impressed with his heads up play.

            By the way, I think Grabo is terrible at passing, he passes out of necessity, not creatively or dangerously. I don’t feel like going into further detail, if you really want me too I can explain more, but if you get where I’m coming from, we can agree to disagree.

  2. coyotes_bettman says:

    All ten going to the Leafs.

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