Top Ten Off-Season Surprises and Busts

Alot of a deal was made about guys like Gonchar, and guys like Curtis Joseph were made an after thought. Who won? Who lost?Busts.

10. John Leclair

-It doesn’t matter how much he’s making, because he could be playing for free and he’d be making what he’s currently worth.

8. Zigmond Palffy

-Did Pittsburgh actually think they could win with this bunch of has-beens? It didn’t work in Toronto.

7. Joe Nieuwendyk

-I love Nieuwendyk but he’s making 4.5 over two years, too much for a guy around for nastalgia.

6. Gary Roberts

-He’s a perfect example of someone who’s stats were inflated by Sundin, the difference between him and Hoglund? Roberts was once good.

5. Mark Recchi

-Naming these quality veterans really hurts me, but it’s true, Recchi is worth next to nothing right now.

4. Glenn Murray

-The Bruins should’ve known, the guy can’t play without Thornton. and they traded Thornton, so what’s he worth?

3. Nikolai Khabibulen

-The guy got hot last year, he’s good, but not elite, the Black Hawks should’ve known that.

2. Brett Hull

-Hahahaha… Brett Hull…

1. Sergei Gonchar

-I’m a real Gonchar hater, this guy was never any good, Pittbsurgh handed him a huge contract and he plays like Berezin…. EXCEPT HE’S A DEFENSEMAN.


10. Anson Carter

-Vancouver didn’t really have to fight away any teams other then Toronto, to get this guy, and he’s having a good year with the Sedins.

9. Brendan Shanahan

-Wasn’t really a huge re-signing and he’s having a year like he did in the 90’s. Holy shit this guys been on fire.

8. Teemu Selanne

-Dead eh? He’s having a great year, and to think people thought he was done.

7.Alex Mogilny

-Leaf fans though the Devils were crazy for throwing out 7 mil over two years, but the only Leaf with more goals then him is Tucker.

6. Sean Burke

-Having a decent year and he got rejected by the Penguins, hahaa wow… I hate Pittsburgh.

5. Brian Leetch

-People thought this guy was done, he’s making less then last season and is on pace for more points.

4. Pavol Demitra

-No one really cared when the Kings got this guy, but I was real pissed the Leafs didn’t try harder to get him cuz this guys a beauty.

3. Craig Conroy

-This guy was a great signing, a nice little pickup, the only people who cared were Flames and Kings fans, and look what he’s doing with Frolov and Demitra.

2. Pierre Turgeon

-I don’t think he ever was washed up, he was just not fitting in with Dallas, but jeese, he’s fitting in with the Avs, 32 points in 34 games.

1. Curtis Joseph

-Look at what he’s doing, anyone could’ve had him and it cost less then a million. Olzyuk wanted him, and because he didn’t get him he got fired! Olcyuk should be given a promotion to GM!

That’s the word from Leafy!


83 Responses to Top Ten Off-Season Surprises and Busts

  1. skidragoon says:

    you are a moron muckies… allison is doing what he is told and as for the comments on defence you are not so much a moron for that. ps and same for oniell he is a bust

  2. jarcpitre says:

    I agree with you, its supposed to be the best bang for your buck.

  3. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    20-40 goals a season????? i wouldnt call that down the shitter

  4. EmptyNetter says:

    Jason Allison is a bust? What did I miss? He hadn’t played a game in two seasons and now he’s giving JFJ fits because he’ll have to pay Allison all his incentive bonuses. Plus, 34 pts in 36 games. Allison may be a diver but he’s not a bust.

  5. tannerpeake says:

    I think what he means is he went from over a point per game to around a point per game. i mean cmon, I could get a point per game…(sarcasm in case you didnt catch it)

  6. zyphrit says:

    I think Yanic Perreault is a surprise, Allison too

  7. tannerpeake says:

    For surprises, how bout hasek? thought he was done, but hes playing well. but dont know how much of that is because of the team in front of him.

    or mike modano? everyone thought he was washed up after his abysmal last season. but hes almost matched his production already and the seasons not even half over. oh, and top 10 in +/- to boot.

    Pierre turgeon isnt surprising me at all. i dont see how anyone can say he didnt fit in in dallas. he had a role no one saw him playing really, and he did it well. 40+ points per season in 60-70 games all 3 seasons is pretty good, sure not a point per game, but remember he split his time as a second line winger and mostly centered the 3rd line grinders. that point production was pretty good for that. he got a lot of bad press because dallas paid him 7mil a year to be a grinder/depth guy.

  8. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Knuble is actually a lot like LeClair in his prime, except just on the right. He shoves around people in front of the net to get good position and just scores from there.

  9. wingerxxx says:

    Regardless, he’s had a worse year than quite a few of those guys. He has “Disappointment” tattoed on his chest at the moment.

  10. jarcpitre says:


    Ales Kotalik – Leads team in points, signed for 800,000 with Buffalo.

    Curtis Joseph – The MVP so far of Phoenix, is in the top 10 in every goaltending stat, signed for 900,000.

    Dominator – We all must admit we thought he was washed and Ottawa was taking a gamble, so far he has been great. Signed for 1.5 Million which is turning out to be a steal.

    Teemu Selanne – Nobody was willing to take a stab at him, Colorado thought he was washed. Signed for 1 Million, which is a steal.

    Andrew Brunette – Having a career year with 28 Points. Signed for 800,000 another steal.


    Patrick Lalime – In the minors for 2.5 Million, what a waste of money.

    Sergei Federov – 6 Million for 8 Pts, I honestly thought he still had it, way overpaid.

    Tony Amonte – 20 points, aquired by Calgary to boost their scoring. Signed for 1.8 Million

    Sergei Gonchar – 16 Pts and a -15, all for the great price of 3.5 Million, big bust.

    Alexei Zhamnov – I remember the excitement on this site. So far this year 8 Pts for Boston’s 4 Million Dollar Man and they trade Joe Thorton. This guy is a big time bust.

    These are all players that signed as free agents in 2005. Previous comments aren’t on 2005 free agents and are also just on players that are having bad seasons.

  11. Scruffy05 says:

    Awww…. poor baby wasn’t good enough to play for Canada so he went to a substandard team? I feel sorry for him! Really I do!

    And it is not so much where you were born but where you grew up. Heatley and Nolan grew up in Canada and I don’t believe Heatleys parents ever owned German citizenship. If I remeber correctly they were either just visiting germany or his dad was stationed there for the military.

    I have a friend who was born on a boat in international waters… Does that mean he would have to play for Team Pacific Ocean?

  12. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Ahhahahahhahahahahahhahahah! Now that’s funny!

  13. wingerxxx says:

    Zhamnov surprised me with his play in Boston…or lack thereof. He’s usually a very decent top 6 forward. One reason that he has had modest offensive numbers in his career is that he actually plays some defense. Or used to. Not sure anymore. He was excellent in Philadelphia’s playoff run in 03-04. I don’t know if he can pick up his play though. It’s hard to consider Amonte a bust, not many people expected much from him. It’s been evident for a while that his best years are behind him.

  14. shakrmakr says:

    Busts: JannettyTheRocker opinions.

  15. shakrmakr says:

    That’s what you get when you get a bunch of pussies on your team. Every year they have the most man games lost and blame their losses on that. Suck it up look at what the Leafs did without Sundin at the begining of season and look at their team now missing Antropov, Lindros, Allison, Steen and are still winning.

  16. Cards85 says:

    I feel sorry for you. More sorry for you parents.

  17. Habfanforever says:

    “…Suck it up look at what the Leafs did without Sundin at the begining of season and look at their team now missing Antropov, Lindros, Allison, Steen and are still winning…”

    Still winning? Sorry but it ain’t nothing to write hokme about either. The Habs are 3 points behind the Leafs but have 3 games in hand. The Leaves play has been as unpredictable as the Habs so far this year so don’t go swelling up your blue heads too fast.

  18. SabresFan220 says:

    I mostly agree with your picks. Zhamnov has been a major disappointment too. Two big surprizes this year for me have been Numminen and Lydman (yea Lydman was a trade, not a free agent signing but still). Both have played very solid defensively for the Sabres, and although Numminen has no goals I think he leads the Sabres in assists.

  19. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    in the old nhl around a point per game was still pretty good was it not?

  20. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    Numminen’s like 108 years-old and he’s having a really stellar year. Buffalo must be some kind of Fountain of Youth for older defencemen, considering the year Teppo’s having and the fact that James Patrick was able to play competently for the Sabres up until his early 40’s.

  21. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    Dude, your goalies are Jussi Markkanen (career wins 35), Ty Conklin (career wins 23), and Mike Morrison (career wins 10). If I were you, I wouldn’t be too concerned about whether or not the Leafs make the playoffs, I’d stick worrying about whether or not the All-ECHL squad the Oilers have between their pipes is actually going to hold up.

  22. 92-93 says:

    jason allison is a bust?

    not surprised that YOU would say something like that.

  23. mtrakker85 says:

    Instead of having a “Bust” list, just say the Penguins stink.

  24. mtrakker85 says:

    Some notable surprises.

    Mike Knuble

    Henrik Zetterberg

    Martin Gerber

    Ryan Miller/Martin Biron

    Eric Stall

  25. mtrakker85 says:

    And also

    Alexander Frolov

  26. garyroberts7 says:

    Omg. How could you say Roberts is a bust? He gets injured for about 9 games, and is 3rd on the team in goals. Has a +/- of 4 on a team who has been outscored by 30 or more goals, and he’s 39 for crying out loud.

    I don’t know if I can agree with alot of your surprises and busts, because all your surprises are playing for the top teams, and all your busts are playing for the bottom teams.

    My surprise player would be Eric Staal who is the reason why the Hurricanes are at the top of their division.

    My bust would be Belfour, because he turned from great to horrible. Although this is probably his last year.

  27. dcz28 says:

    Wings fans are not surprised at how well Zetterberg is playing…the surprises for the Wings are Samuelsson, Williams and Shanny…maybe Osgood but i knew he could get the job done

  28. wingedim says:


    As you are getting older you are getting a little wiser, however, that being said, some of your reasoning for your choices was clouded by emotion.

    Case in point, IF Toronto had kept Roberts or Neiuendyk they wouldn’t both have made the list. Neui probably because of his age, but, Roberts is still Mr. Consistant/Heart and Soul guy.

    Then ALL of the Penguins players that you listed. While I agree, that they a majority of them have been busts, you need to look at the team they are playing on. They do not have a consistant, proven goaltender. The fact that Fleury gets bounced back and forth from Willkes-Barre should tell you that team Management is a problem, because this kid should be kept up and allowed to grow as a back up and get the time in that way rather than having ins confidence shattered by being sent down numerous times.

    On paper the ‘Guins looked tough to beat and a contender, but, the question marks that were there have proven to be serious holes in the team.

    As I’ve said, you are getting better with age Leafy, but you need to sit back and be more neutral with some of your opinions especially with a topic like this one.

    Other than that, good job

  29. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    hahahahahahahaha Oilers lost twice to the wild

  30. cecilturtle says:

    Knuble played well for the Rangers until they traded him for one of their many “past their prime” veteran players they had at the time. Knuble actually coached my Nephew hockey at summer camp when he just got to the Rangers… So I always just kind of followed his carrer because its easy to see he’s a good man – one of the goodguys. Anyway, Knuble always put up real good numbers when he played on the top 2 lines. But on the 3rd and 4th lines his offence seems to disappear. This lack of offence was never a big deal though because he is a very solid defensive player. But with the right linemates… Knuble is as solid as they get.

    Cecil Turtle

  31. OldGoalie says:

    Yep…the Pens’ color commentator (Bob Errey) was raving about what a standup guy Knuble was when they were teammates in Detroit. It’ll be nice to root for him as a part of Team USA rather than against him as a Flyer for a change.

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