The Forgotten & Restricted Class of Free agents

There are still free agents available for teams who have the cap room or trade bait.While surfing through the NHLPA internet site, I could not help notice the number of significant free agents (either restricted or unrestricted) still available. So this drove me to come up with a list of the top eligible free agents, restricted or otherwise, that are still available.

1) Jose Theodore

Status: Restricted Free Agent

Conflict: Theodore is in the midst of contract negotiations with Montreal which seem to be at a stand still. Apparently Montreal is looking for a short term deal at about 4M/ per, while Theodore’s camp is pushing for a long term commitment at about 5.5M/per.

Thoughts: Montreal would be stupid to not lock Theodore long term; he’s easily one of the NHL’s top 5 goalies and deserves to be paid like it. In the event that he begins to price himself out of Montreal, Gainey should consider a “Goalie Swap” and send Theodore to Montreal for Luongo.

2) Ilya Kovalchuk

Status: Restricted Free Agent

Conflict: According to an article on Kovalchuk took acceptation to the recent departure of superstar team-mate Danny Heatley and approached Thrashers management asking for a more than modest cost of living increase.

Thoughts: In no way am I suggesting Kovalchuk is heading out of Atlanta, it’s safe to say he’s 99.9% likely to resign but the question is for how much. With Columbus Star Rick Nash setting the president for future star’s contracts with a wholesome 27M/5yrs deal, I would assume it’s safe to say Ilya Kovalchuk would be entitled to about the same deal.

3) Ryan Smyth

Status: Restricted Free Agent

Conflict: According to an article published today on Smitty who is scheduled to become a UFA next year (if he decides to sign Edmonton’s qualifying offer) wants a long term extension. The 10-year vet is also not interested in signing a one-year deal and then negotiating an extension during the season.

Thoughts: Smyth apparently is aware that he could command a Bobby Holik/ Paul Kariya type contract next off-season should he choose to become a UFA. With Edmonton’s acquisitions of Peca and Pronger, and the franchise’s history of trading away prime talent (i.e. Gretzky, Guerin, Weight, etc.) it’s not unlikely that Edmonton makes a deal for Smyth some time this year. A good destination for Smyth would be Toronto, Ottawa NYI & NYR.

4) Peter Bondra

Status: UFA

Conflict: Many teams would love his services but are reluctant to sign a 37 year old.

Thoughts: Many rumours suggest that Philly is the front runners for his services but don’t count out a return to Washington. Bob Clarke would be smart if he can pick up this vet at a respectable salary, there’s still plenty of gas in Bondra and with the acquisition of a RW it would give Philly one of the leagues most dangerous top line. (LW) Gangne (C) Forsberg (RW) Bondra

5) Oli Jokienen

Status: Restricted Free Agent

Conflict: According to Olli Jokinen and the Florida Panthers are still in negotiations. Jokinen would like a long-term deal and isn’t looking for anything less.

Thoughts: Jokinen has led the Panthers the last two years, but with the additions of Nieuwendyk, Roberts Gratton and Stumpel to the line-up, Florida will now have two solid scoring lines this might make Jokinen expendable if he begins to price himself out of Mike Keenan’s price range. It’s safe to assume that he’ll probably resign. However if he is traded it would be nice to see him in Montreal reuniting the former Finland team-mates.

6) Henrik Zetteberg/Pavul Datsyuk

Status: Both are Restricted Free Agents

Conflict: With key players such as Nick Lidstrom, Robert Lang and Brendan Shanahan taking up most of the team cap. Detroit has a difficult decision to make as they probably have only enough cap room to sign one of their youth talents.

Thoughts: The buzz from Detroit front office is that there is no new news regarding negotiations between Ken Holland and the agents representing Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Datsyuk has reportedly made a verbal agreement to play for Moscow Dynamo this season if he is unable to work out a contract with the Red Wings. With all signs pointing to Zetteberg being the odd man out rumours are spreading as to where he will end up. Apparently one of the front runners for his services are Toronto. I would like to see Carolina or L.A get into the mix as a possible trade scenario

Carolina: Zetteberg Kronwall Detroit: Pavel Brendl Justin Williams & Pick

Why: Williams had 44pts in 79 gms in 2003-2004 (2nd on team) and he is 24yrs old. Brendl had had 8pts in 18 gms & is 24yrs old. Zetteberg 43pts in 61 gms & is 25 yrs old. While Kronwall had 5pts in 20 gms. & is 24yrs old. This just makes sense to me stat wise.

7) Jay McKee

Status: Restricted Free Agent

Conflict: According to the Buffalo News, The Sabres are trying to trade for a defenseman. They’re also considering a trade with a defenseman. McKee, based on salaries that have been awarded over the past few weeks, would stand to make a princely sum if he hit the open market next summer. But he’s willing to forfeit the opportunity for security in Buffalo.

Thoughts: Since veteran blue-liner Jay McKee would like to sacrifice his first years of unrestricted free agency in exchange for a multiyear contract with the Sabres it seems safe to assume he will get his deal done. However in the event of a trade McKee has always made it clear he would like to play for Pat Quinn in Toronto. If I were JFJ this would be a deal I would seriously consider.

Toronto: Jay McKee, Martin Biron Buffalo: Brian McCabe or Tomas Kaberle & Antropov or Pick

For T.O it gives them a strong vet Dman and a talented young goalie who could take over after the Eagle. Buffalo gets a young centre in Antropov and a decent offensive defenseman in either McCabe or Kaberle.

8) Mike Dunham

Status: UFA

Conflict: Dunham a character vet can bring much experience and leadership to a team. But he’s fallen under the radar many teams do not want to take a chance on him for one reason or another.

Thoughts: Dunham is a steal for any team; he can probably be had for roughly around league min. But can add stability as a back-up. Teams that should seriously consider picking him up are L.A, COL, CAR and TB.

L.A needs a starting goalie now that Cechmanek is playing in Europe. COL has to deal with the retirement of Tommy Salo and Carolina and Tampa tradeed away starting goalies Jamie Storr & Nikolai Khabibulin respectively.

9) Vincent Damphousse

Status: UFA

Conflict: At 38 it’s hard to believe Damphousse can provide anything but depth to a team. The amount of attention he receives will be directly proportional to his asking price.

Thoughts: According to a recent article on by Ekland Damphousse is rumoured to be in talks with Anaheim. This makes sense considering Steve Rucchin’s recent departure from Anaheim. Other teams that should be interested in his services include OTT, DAL & WSH.

10) Brian Marchment

Status: UFA

Conflict: At this point of his career Marchment is a depth defenseman. Team are not going to jump the gun and sign him knowing that he’s one of those free agents that will still be available in mid September.

Thoughts: Marchment 36 went to school in Scarborough Ontario and graduated with a PhD as a qualified concussion philanthropist. He’s the type of defenseman that keeps all other players honest when he’s on the ice. A strong addition to any line up a one of those players that is an essential pick up for a playoff push. With Toronto’s defenseman situation I can’t see him being passed up by JFJ. He’ll probably resign for league min. If not some teams that should be interested include NJ, NYR & OTT. OTT needs grit and NJ could use him in the event Scott Stevens Retires.

P.S Other Key players that are free agents restricted or otherwise that did not make the list include Ruslan Salei, Andrew Raycroft, Mike Ryder, Jason Wolley, Rick Dipietro, Steve Shields, Ron Tugnutt, Steve Thomas, Byron Dafoe, Scott Young and Brent Johnson. Any thoughts???

49 Responses to The Forgotten & Restricted Class of Free agents

  1. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    What about Bates Battaglia, I think this guy could be a real darkhorse of a signing at the cost of a league minimum contract.

    I think Marchment might end up in NYR or Pittsburgh. 2 teams desperately in need of a vet D man.

    LA’s goaltending is fine, they got Matt Garon, the better of the 2 Montreal goalies, that was wrongly dealt away by the Habs.

    Damphousse is a good bet to go to Anaheim to follow Selanne, possibly Pittsburgh at the request of Mario, or who knows maybe even end up back in Montreal to retire as a Hab.

    McKee for Kaberle or McCabe…..NO CHANCE IN HELL! I will take McCabe or Kaberle over Mckee any day, especially with the new rule changes.

    I believe whole heartedly that one of either Datsyuk or Zetterberg will be dealt before the NHL season starts, its taking way to long to get these guys signed. Best bet will be Zetterberg 3 teams come to mind Toronto, rumoured deal that has been floating forever, Washington possibly in a package for Kolzig or straight up for Zubrus, and NYR for one of the now many hot prospects they have picked up in the last 2 years.

    Ryan Smyth will re-sign can anyone really see this guy who has been a staple in Edmonton be traded?

    I think Bondra is going to Philly, thats the best opportunity for him at this point.

    Kovalchuk, I think the Rangers will try to “New Jack City” him from Atlanta and sign him to an unreal offer sheet, which will be matched by Hotlanta.

    Theodore will sign his qualifier, hit the free agent market next year and find that its not as rosey as he thought it was going to be. Definitely not a 5 million dollar goalie. I say between 3-4 million, win a cup or make a significant playoff run and then put the 5 mil back on the table. Perfect solution for the Habs: deal Theo to Buffalo for Martin Biron and the afformentioned Jay McKee.

  2. goleafsgo1991 says:

    Ummm Atlanta can’t afford to match a maximum offer for Kovalchuk..they have 5.3 left in the bank I think.

  3. Kraut182 says:

    The 2 trades you suggested are flat out ridiculous:

    Carolina: Zetteberg Kronwall Detroit: Pavel Brendl Justin Williams & Pick

    —–> Zetterberg is better than Williams, Kronwall a better prospect than Brendl, so even if that’s a 1st Rounder the trade doesn’t really make sense for Detroit.

    Toronto:Jay McKee, Martin Biron Buffalo: Brian McCabe or Tomas Kaberle & Antropov or Pick

    —–> McCabe/Kaberle much better than McKee, the Leafs already have some attempts at goalie of the future (Telqvist/Rask), the Leafs lack forward depth so why trade Antropov and not get one back, the Leafs lack farm depth so why trade a pick, the Sabres have no interest in adding salary.

  4. Rico71 says:

    Wasn’t it Bates that got slammed by Scott Stevens a few years ago in the playoffs? Since then…nada from him. He’s now fourth line at best.

    I agree that Garon should not have been traded away. But we got something ‘potentially good’ in return. IF…a big IF…Bonk can play with some passion, we might have some good depth at center with Koivu, Ribiero and Bonk. Though…he’s a floater. Add Kovalev to the floating ship…and maybe Zednik (a good 25 games a year) and we have one of the best ‘on-off’ lines in the East *lol*

    Damphousse ain’t coming back to Montreal. We have no room for him at center. They could shift him to his original LW position, but at 37-38…he’s taking a roster spot from a rookie. Perezhogin and Higgins are almost certain to make the team.

    Detroit needs to keep both Zett and Dat…but it ain’t gonna happen. I think that Zett will be the one traded since Detroit needs centers. Hudler MIGHT be ready for NHL duty…but he’s kinda small. Stevie and Kris ain’t gonna hack it as the primary Cs. They’ll probably try to land some D and goaltending in return for Zett…why not Biron and McKee?

    Not signing Capt. Canada would be a great mistake. He’s the heart and soul of the team. Though…if he gets traded…let’s hope he comes to Montreal! *wishes* Yeah riiight.

    Bondra would fit in Philly…but ain’t they tight financially?

    Kovalchuk is staying put in Atlanta…definitively. But they are gonna have to drop some heavy $$$ on him. Russians are the greediest players around IMHO. He’s gonna look at the ridiculous amount Nash got in Columbus and he’ll want about the same amount…if not more.

    Theo needs to be signed pronto. Gainey is messing up big time here…unless he’s got this ‘master plan’ hidden somewhere. I’d looove to see a Theo + extras (not Ryder!!!) for Luongo…but I doubt it seriously. He’ll end up signing the qualifying offer and we will lose him to TO or OTT. Koivu also is gone next year for certain. The ONLY good news about that? About 8M in salary leaves for absolutely nothing in return. Yikes.

  5. NYRules says:

    I would love to see the rangers take kovalchuck. Zetterberg would be nice too. Hell go for them both.

  6. skidragoon says:

    I think you forgot Owen Nolan, thus seeing that this man couldnt even make the forgotten list, he is the most forgotten lol

  7. skidragoon says:

    if there is any other team that id like tos ee win this year, its you guys, I consider NYR a playoff race team.

  8. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    they can make deals to clear space after the fact, just like philly did with forsberg. every tem has until oct.1 to be under the cap or face penalty.

  9. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    you would trade antropov in an attempt to upgrade at the forward position

  10. cwthrash says:

    Unofficial TSN figure is $31.5 right now. That doesn’t include taking off Nurminen’s $1M (due to his freak knee accident and subsequent retirement), the possible subtraction of Hurme’s contract (if he’s deemed unable to play, it won’t count against the cap), as well as sending at least three or four of those guys on the list down to the minors.

    Add in a minimal amount for a backup goalie, and even the max for Kovalchuk could fit easily under the cap. He won’t get the max anyhow, too many other premium UFAs and RFAs haven’t gotten too close to it. And they have accomplished more than Kovy has in his short career.

    Besides, if the Thrashers were in a pinch they could trade away Modry or Havelid (or even Sutton) to ease the burden. They have nine guys going for six spots on defense; one is expendable if a money problem arises.

  11. BeerPhil86 says:

    Please tell me why you are SO bad at speculating trades, there all one sided. Mccabe, Kaberle, Antropov and a pick for just Mckee and Biron, 4 players for 2, Mckee and Biron arent THAT good duh! and HAHAHA and lets not forget Williams and Brendl for Zetterberg and Kronwall, i know they might have to loose Zetterberg becose of cap issues but Brendl and Williams can be had for only Zetterberg, detroit wont trade Kronwall.

  12. lukeleim says:

    TO: kronwall, antropov

    Det: Zetterberg

    In Antopov’s best nhl season he had 1 more point than Zetterbergs best nhl season. They’re both the same age but it is evident that zetterberg is slightly more talented. But along with Antropov toronto would send brother of Niklas kronwall to the detriot red wings. Steffan not as talented but would fit nicely. I feel that toronto shouldn’t give up anymore than this

  13. lukeleim says:

    i meant

    TO: Zetterberg

    DET: Antropov and Kronwall

  14. Neely4Life says:

    i woudlt trade antrapov for sticks, hes terrible.

  15. Neely4Life says:

    no one will take antrapov, except washington. I give the guy two more years in the league till hes gone.

  16. Neely4Life says:

    I still think that Luongo is going to end up in Detroit. Detroit is in need of a goalie, Osgood and LEgacy arnt gonna cut it all year, and if they wanna go deep into the playoffs. Detroit will have Lunongo for a cheaper price that zettiberg or datsyuk, and still have his rights for next year. THis is a deal waiting to be done, Id say Zettiberg and Legacy (most overpaid BACKUP in the league) for Luongo. Detroit would try and make this happen if they could!

  17. Neely4Life says:

    This trade doesnt make sense for detroit either. Zettiberg is not coming to Toronto unless the leafs part with better prospects than Kronwall. Antropov is usless, and the leafs should have given up on him a long time ago.

  18. Neely4Life says:

    Sorry, ment they arnt gonna get a prospect liek Kronwall

  19. Bretzky says:

    I really REALLY do think the Rangers should make an offer to Kovalchuk. The Thrashers would either be *****ed with the cap if they match it, or the Rangers will get a YOUNG superstar who can BE a part of the core as the rebuild because he’s young enough. I don’t see why they wouldn’t do it. They have tons of cap room.

  20. dcz28 says:

    Most overpaid backup goalie? you have to be kidding!! he could be a #1 on some teams like Vancouver ( I dont think Cloutier is better then him) plus Holland has stated that he will let Osgood and Legace fight it out for the starting job and they have been a tandem that has worked for Detroit in the past

    At 1.16 million if he gets the starting job he is not expensive plus even if he doesnt the its no big deal cuz Osgood signed for peanuts so the tandem doesnt cost much and will povide good goaltending as for the Zetterberg and Datsyuk i will talk about that in a seperate post

  21. dcz28 says:

    The deal you had with the Wings sending Kronvall and Zetterberg is almost as bad as the one talked about with the Leafs…Kronvall will be a top 4 dman for the Wings this season as stated by Jim Nill and Ken Holland in the Detroit press so why would they trade him and atleast not get one back?

    Forget that anyways because he is not going anywhere plus Williams is not bad but i would not trade Zetterberg for Brendl and Williams (Brendl i think could be a bust but its early in his career to tell but he has not proven he can play a regular shift yet)

    I think the Wings will trade Robert Lang before Zetterberg or Datsyuk…Lang will turn 36 this year and makes 3.8 million wich could attract some offers from contending teams like the Sens for instance…the Predators, the Rangers with his buddy Jagr (not contenders yet but could use a big centre) or other teams looking to upgrade at centre

    Also do not count the Wings out of signing both as it was said in Detroit that they are close to a deal with Zetterberg and (The Fourth Period) the only thing holding up talks with Datsyuk is the lenght of the deal as he wants a 2 or 3 year deal to be a UFA after the deal and the Wings want him long term but i have to point out that Holland responded in the same article that he has offered 1 to 5 year deals to Datsyuk but would rather not sign him to less the 3 years

  22. cwthrash says:

    From what I’ve seen, the Rangers would be (at best) right up against the cap if they happened to get Kovalchuk at the max. And even then, they would be shorthanded in terms of players.

    Considering they would have to give up four 1st rounders in that scenario, the scenario of rebuilding would take a bit hit. There are several good prospects in the Rangers system, but not nearly enough (in talent and/or quantity) to make up for the picks they would lose here.

    Besides, I don’t think that I’m going out on a limb by saying that the GMs have a “gentleman’s” agreement for this year. There were tons of quality UFAs this year, there will be many premium UFAs next year, no GM can possibly predict what the effects of this new CBA will bring, pretty much everyone has more than enough work just to keep his house in order. Poaching RFAs, no matter how desireable, seems too much of a hassle this year.

    Next year when the GMs and owners have a little more info about how this new economic system works, who knows. But for now, it very much looks like each GM is keeping to his own in terms of RFAs (sort of an unwritten agreement).

  23. nordiques100 says:

    Zetterberg is a primier young talent who is only going to get better. i think he will flourish in the new rules. to move him out for something less is not ideal for detroit. the wings have some of the best management guys in the business with holland and nill. too many people look at the point totals. what about his skill level? it is top end. high skilled players who are 25, a few years away from UFA, and who will likely command less than 3 million annually are at a premium. i think that is why there wont be a deal with Toronto because the leafs would have to give up steen plus others who i think is like zetterberg but younger and who needs to prove himself. i rather see the leafs give their own guys a shot rather than sending them away as per the norm in the past. and with the pilar illness, the leafs have a spot open for carlo and they need to keep him to see if he can prove his worth.

  24. kowks says:

    Not that I think that this trade would make any sense at all, but if you’re going to slam a guy for brutal trade speculations, get it right.

    He was saying McCabe OR Kabby with Antropov & pick for Mckee and Biron. 3 for two.

    Also, no one mentioned Stumpy. I saw him play here in Düsseldorf last winter, and I know that the quality of players aren’t that strong, but he looked better than Antropov on any given night – because he plays with heart.

    That is all.

  25. Aetherial says:

    His age and stats do not suggest that what you say has any merit or basis in reaity whatsoever… just another stupid-ass comment from a fan who simply wants to trash a Toronto player, just because.

  26. Aetherial says:

    The Sens taking on 3.8 million for a 36 year old? They still have to work to keep their core for the next couple years even with the Hossa trade saving them some cash?

  27. detY192003 says:

    1.16 million$ backup (if he looses the job to Osgood) is expensive now these days bud… Id love to see Luongo in detroit.

  28. TBLfan says:

    I think you’re thinking of Shane Willis that got hammered by Stevens a few years ago, either way, you’re right, nothing out of either one of them since Carolina’s cup finals.

  29. detY192003 says:

    I dont see them signing both of them..they wouldnt even have a full roster with signing them both..even if they trae Lang…i dont see them having enough room to complete a roster. THey do need to get rid of lang and Maltby to clean up some cap room.

    Right now with out KronWall’s Salery since it is still undisclosed, they are at 30.3 million..whic gives them 6.7million in cap room.

    Trade maltby trims 1.44 mill and lang at 3.8 savings of 5.23 mil. then whoever they get in return detucted their salery. all in all without going on and on they just cannot get both of them. Its just no possible only inless there signing for just 2 million or so..then its possible. What is hurting detroit is Nick Lidstrom. Im not saying that hes not worth it, but 7.6 millions takes a lot of your cap. Its too bad the couldnt (renegoiat) some contrats to take paycuts and stuff like that. But I just do not see detroit geting both of them

  30. detY192003 says:

    Id like to say IM a red wings fan and i dont want to see Maltby or lang go for the most part…but there not worth the money…well non of them are in my book but yoiu know what i mean

  31. Bishop7979 says:

    Gotta agree with most of the trade comments, pretty unrealisitc.

    Kronwall will be good, maybe not the next nik lidstrom that some wing fans see, but top 4 this season, and probably a top 2 guy by the time he reaches his prime.

    Zetterberg is good as well, I think hes a bit overrated given his production over the first couple years of his young career, but his mobility and speed make him much more valuable than the concrete footed Justin Williams who is the type of player who finishes what others create, while zetterberg has always seemed like someone whose speed agility and skill allow him to create offense as well as finish it. Brendel is a bust, the rangers ruined him.

    Det would probably give up Lang and his 3.6 mil contract before they gave up zetterberg or datsyuk. With Malkin remaining in russia this year the pens may be looking for a large center to play on their 2nd line, and we have some RFAs that may interest detroit, Kraft and Morozov among them, that they can have their rights and not have to sign them until next year when they will have to fill in spots left by Stevie Y and Shanny.

    Dunham is a horrible goalie period. and as far as his lockerroom presence, he’s the tom barrasso of his generation. No one is going to let this guy on a team that has a young up and coming goalie take will take shifts from him. And since when was jamie storr the starting goalie for carolina, and when did they trade him to Philly? Storr signed with a European team before the lockout and Gerber, a trade made well before the lockout, will start this season for carolina.

    Damphouse has been mentioned as a possible 3rd line player for pittsburgh as well as the rumors from the ducks.

  32. HC16 says:

    Whatever happened to Yannic Perrault?

  33. habs_punk says:

    You’re forgetting that you’d be giving up Antropov for Biron, something that is CLEARLY in Toronto’s favor. If I was a GM, I would take McKee over McCabe or Kaberle, but it’s not a huge difference. Toronto definately wins that proposed trade. If they could pick up Biron, they’d be set for when Belfour retires, as it is, they’re gonna be screwed.

  34. habs_punk says:

    That’s even off a little, it was Antropov OR a pick.

    I see TO winning that trade hands down. Biron is the best player involved, and TO needs a goalie for when Belfour retires. Tellqvist and Rask aren’t ready for full time starting duties yet, Rask isn’t even close. There’s nothing special about either McCabe or Kaberle, they arent that much better than Mckee, if at all. They’re just different styles. I could see Kaberle putting up good numbers with the new rules, but McCabe is just going to get burned every game. McKee might too, but still, Antropov for Biron is ludicrous, not even close, a third line, possibly second line forward at best for a starting goalie?? Not a chance.

  35. dcz28 says:

    i would not mind seeing Luongo with the Wings but he gets paid over 3 million for this season and they cant afford him unless they give Datsyuk and would have to get another cheap forward in return

    As for Legace maybe he is a bit expensive if he is the backup but if you factor both goalies at less then 2 million then its not expensive for both…which team has less then 2 million for 2 goalies? ( Ottawa maybe) but who else

  36. dcz28 says:

    You are right about the Sens but they could still trade for him and keep him for one season and go for the cup (could not find when his contract expires) if this is the last year on his contract…if not then forget it

  37. dcz28 says:

    Kronvall i think i heard he signed for 2 year/ 2 million…1million per season or less this year and more next year

    I know what you mean about Lidstrom i love him but i wish he was making more around 5 million wich would give the team a bit more wiggle room under the cap…is Lidstrom in the last year of his deal?

    I would like them to keep Maltby though as him and Draper make one hell of a penalty killing unit but he is making a bit too much for the type of player he is (grinder)

    As for them keeping them both i can see it happen if they traded Lang or even without trading him if they get creative with Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s contracts in a way that they give them deals like Ottawa gave Hossa before trading him to Atlanta (not the salary but the structure) of starting with a lower salary this year for both and going up every year for the remainder of the contract as some Wing players will retire or contracts will expire next year giving them more cap space for the next years and they can fill the rest of the roster with league minimum salary players for this year and ride it out till next season

    Like you i dont want the Wings to lose anymore players as i didnt like losing McCarty but i guess Holland didnt think his hands would be this tied up when the lockout ended and i think his plan for this year will be to be competitive and make the playoffs but wont be a powerhouse although they still have great players but wont have as much quality depth as those days of having a Luc Robitaille on the 3rd or 4th line are over

  38. FlyersFanForever says:

    Philly got Storr 1 or 2 weeks ago. He’ll be filling Ninnimaki role with The Phantoms. If for some reason you really care I’m sure I can find the link for you, though, it’s easy enough for you to find it yourself. He sucks anyway.

  39. Bretzky says:

    Good points. And yea I forgot about the draft pick compensation.

  40. wingedim says:

    Everyone seems to forget Antropov was out for the better part of a season with a blown out knee a couple of years ago. Is it time to put up or get out? Sure it is, but he needs to have a fire lit under his ass. With the lack of up front depth, he’ll be expected to contribute more regularly.

  41. robinson19 says:

    Perrault is still around but the issue last playoff run was he’s too pricey because of talent/experience to only use him for maybe 50 games, as a faceoff specialist and a second-line powerplay guy. He put up good numbers. I’m surprised he is not generated any buzz if Damphousse is.

    As to the list. 1 Jokkinen has no place on the Habs. 2. How could you leave Ryder to the also-mentions? Hello.

  42. Montrealsdogg says:

    actually he kind of reminds me of a player like Nikolai Borschevsky, which saw really impressive numbers early on and then just seemed to fall off the map, mind you Nik started his NHL career at the age of 27.

  43. Rico71 says:

    Some European offers have been made to Perreault. Swedish and Swiss if I’m not mistaken.

    He’s thinking on them…but his priority is the NHL. He’s a very underated player if you ask me. He can score 15-20 goals, 40-45 pts…lead the league in faceoff wins also. Not too bad.

    But his skating sucks bigtime…and his defense.

  44. clivediggs says:

    I’d like that, too. But they are both too young and too good to fit Sather’s free agent plan. He only goes for mediocre to below-average veteran signings…

  45. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    thats because yoru POV is skewed being a habs fan, both McCabe and Kaberle are way better offensive dmen than McKee, while still being strong in their own end.

  46. Phillyfanatic says:

    I can understand all the trade rmors surrounding Nik Antropov, but Leaf fans have to take something into consideration here:

    1) Any player who you get for Nik Antropov will be an upgrade. Maple Syrup runs more smoothly than Antropov up the ice.

    2) Every other team in the NHL is well aware of the fact that there is no way any team should have drafted this guy as high as they did. As a result, they would be very wary of making a trade for him. Yes, even teams that need to make a trade because of Salary Cap concerns would have to think long and hard before they pull the trigger on a deal involving Antropov.

  47. robinson19 says:

    Ryder an honourable mention?

    I say one of the best.

    He’ll probably re-sign though.

  48. habs_punk says:

    I’m not disputing that they’re better offensively, they’re just nowhere near as good defensively as McKee. Very different styles, it’s hard to say one is better than the other.

  49. 19Yzerman says:

    I don’t think you will see Zetterberg in A Canes uni For two reasons. First in case you didn’t know The Red Wings owner and Canes owner have developed a pretty good dislike for each other.Second they don’t have an equal value player to trade for Zetterberg. So if a deal goes down between these two teams you can rest assured knowing that it will be one which tips the scale to the Red Wings side in a lopsided fashion. Zetterberg to Canes for Erik Cole, Oleg Tverdovsky and the next 3 first rounders. Its most likely that the Wings are shopping to see what kind of trade offers arise for Datsyuk or Zetterberg or both. If Zetterberg and Datsyuk both end up not playing in Detroit the Wings fans will be looking at why with extreme criticism. At this point getting these two signed seems to be taking longer then I would have liked but, I feel they will both be playing for the Wings this season despite why things are taking a little longer. With Yzerman and Shanny getting close to retiring Wings fans are looking at Dats and Zett as our future Duo.

    Kronwall is signed so I don’t think you will see him moved.

    General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Detroit Red Wings have re-signed defensemen Niklas Kronwall to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contracts are not available.

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