Steal of the Free Agent Market 2005?
Quite simply, this question goes out to everyone. Who do you think was the steal of the 2005 free agent market?
In my opinion, there were 3 steals of the 05 free agency market this year:
3) Andreas Lilja, this guy is a monster, he is a physical, put you through the boards, smooth skating giant. The Detroit Red Wings have stolen another one at a mear cost of $650,000 on a 1 year contract. At 6’3″, 220 lbs., this monster also posses a wicked shot from the point and has the ability to put some points up on the board depending on the team put around him. On a Detroit squad that boasts the likes of Datsyuk, Yzerman, Shanahan and Zetterberg, this definitely was a great pick up for the Wings.
2) Richard Park, a smooth skating forward with a tonne of speed to burn, and a quick stick. This hard working 5’11″ forward will definitely be a benefactor of the removal of the centre ice line and the zero tolerance on obstruction calls. Park put up some decent offensive numbers the last 3 seasons, with a Minnesota team that stresses defense over offense to win games. Park along with Gaborik have had the reigns pulled on them due to Lemaire and his trap style of hockey, but with the Vancouver Canucks Park will have the opportunity to show off his skill and impress fans and mangement at a miniscule cost of $750,000 on a 1 year contract.
1) Jason Allison, this offensive threat is coming off a 3 year hiatus after dealing with symptoms caused by whiplash. Prior to the injury issues Allison, had just began to realize his potential with the Boston Bruins and the LA Kings as a point per game player, who is physical, blessed with hockey sense, uncanning playmaking abilities and a strong player in his own end with or without the puck. This 6’3″, 215 lbs. centre, was picked up by the Maple Leafs for a very decent contract of $1.5 million including bonuses for 1 year. If Allison can be the player he once was he will provide a strong second line threat behind the likes of Sundin, Lindros and O’Neill.
Your thoughts on my selections?
Your thoughts on who you think was a steal of free agency 2005?