Even though hockey season is still on, I thought an overview of all the teams UFA’s is a good topic before the season ends. This year has many quality players, some average, some not that good, and some that should just retire. I have my own thoughts as a LEAF fan on who I would like for Toronto Maple Leaf management to open up the wallet and get, since another year in futility has gone past. What are all you HTR readers thinking? Who do you want on your team? Who if any don’t you want back? Who should just retire? Below are all the teams with UFA’s. Titans: we need a new waterboy, minimum wage, and all the free pretzels you can handle!!! Interested???……BOSTON BRUINS – BYRON DAFOE, BILL GUERIN
BUFFALO SABRES – BOB ESSENA, JAMES PATRICK, RICHARD SMEHLIK
CALGARY FLAMES – CRAIG BERUBE, MIKE VERNON
CAROLINA HURRICANES- JEFF DANIELS, BRET HEDICAN, ARTURS IRBE
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS- TONY AMONTE,
TOM FITZGERALD, BOB PROBERT, STEVE THOMAS
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – KEVIN DINEEN, JAMIE HEWARD
COLORADO AVALANCHE- DARIUS KASPARITUS
DALLAS STARS- EDDIE BELFOUR, RANDY MCKAY, KIRK MULLER, PAT VERBEEK
DETROIT RED WINGS- CHRIS CHELIOS, UWE KRUPP, IGOR
LARIONOV, FREDRIK OLAUSSON, JIRI SLEGR
FLORIDA PANTHERS- BYRON RITCHIE, ROBERT SVEHLA
LA KINGS- PHILLIPPE BOUCHER, KELLY BUCHBURGER, FELIX POTVIN,
MINNESOTA WILD- JIM DOWD, SERGEI ZHOLTOK
NEW JERSEY- BOBBY HOLIK, VALERI KAMENSKY, SERGEI NEMCHINOV, SCOTT
STEVENS, STEPHANE RICHER
NY RANGERS- MARK MESSIER, MIKE RICHTER, MARTIN RUCINSKY
OTTAWA SENATORS- BENOIT BRUNET, RICARD PERSSON
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS- ADAM OATES, LUKE RICHARDSON, RICK TOCCHET
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS- ROBERT LANG, MARIO LEMIEUX
SAN JOSE SHARKS- STEPHANE MATTEAU, TEEMU SELANNE
ST LOUIS BLUES- MARC BERGEVIN, RAY FERRARO, JEFF FINLEY, SCOTT YOUNG
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS- CORY CROSS, NATHAN DEMPSEY, TIE DOMI, CURTIS JOSEPH
VANCOUVER CANUCKS- SCOTT CASSELS
WASHINGTON CAPITALS- ULF DAHLEN, BENOIT HOGUE, FRANTISEK KUCERA, ROB ZETTLER
Well my choice is to let CUJO go, not worth 9 million. Sign Dafoe for a third of the cost, try and get either Hedican, Kasparitus, Richardson, Krupp or Slegr for Defense, and resign Dempsey.
Then add either Amonte, Geurin, or Cassels.
(Predictions) Retired- Lemieux.Vernon, Chelios,Hogue,Tocchet.
Those are what I think Toronto should strive for in the long summer months ahead. Hopefully one or 2 of the players on my wish list come home to Toronto. What are your thoughts on this and your team?