Lots of fireworks so far in the hockey world with big free agent signings, and many surprises. No time to review the new faces on the new jerseys. The train keeps rollin’ and so, who is left?First of all, thanks to the active HTR members who submitted news very quickly. While we thank the people who compliment our work on the web site, we also give credit to the ones who make this hockey place great!

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So, who is left in the market?

Jeff Friesen: (CALGARY) Has slowed down offensive production, but still remains valuable depth to any team.

Ruslan Salei: (FLORIDA) Solid defenseman, clears the crease, plays with an aggressive edge and comes with good playoff experience. Not many quality defensemen left, he could go as early as tomorrow morning.

Serge Aubin: Not a meaningful player, but not a bad addition to a team that wants a pest on the ice to draw penalties.

Peter Bondra: Yes, he is old but he was on a good scoring pace. If paired with skilled linemates, he can provide some needed scoring on any team in need to fill a gap.

Mike Dunham: Has diminished consistently, but may provide some decent back-up goaltending.

Ronald Petrovicky: (PITTSBURGH) Almost like Serge Aubin, but lost his edge. Doubt anyone would take him anytime soon.

Travis Green: In need of a 4th line center who is good on face offs? He’d probably come in extremely cheap.

Brad Isbister: Has not shown any sign of improvements. Would be a depth winger, but quite insignificant.

Brian Leetch: For a Cup run? He’s still running on the last few gallons he has left. He may reach for the Stars?

Marty Reasoner: (EDMONTON) Solid 3rd line center, good for depth.

Mike Grier: (SAN JOSE) The forwards have had a hard time signing so far. The off-season is dominant for defensemen so the price on quality wingers has not been set yet. Grier showed tons of quality this year, he’ll get a job very easily.

Mike LeClerc: Just a depth winger for a team in need of depth.

Mark Recchi: (PITTSBURGH) Any team should try to sign him for cheap and either use him for the playoffs or use him as trade bait for playoff teams.

Aaron Ward: (NYRANGERS) Solid, hard working defenseman. Good addition on any team.

Doug Weight: (ST. LOUIS) Still a valuable center.

Matt Barnaby: (DALLAS) Is probably wanting to get his name back on the news as Chicago was a mistake for his career after a rebirth with the Rangers. Still an agitator and a yapper who can play hockey.

Eric Daze: I mentioned him before. I still think he deserves a chance. He may go for a contract similar to Jason Allison’s from last year. He is not physical, but his career is solid and I’d be one to give him a new fresh start.

Jan Hrdina: Still excellent on face offs and if he finds chemistry with wingers, he could put up decent numbers. Not bad for depth.

Trevor Letwoski: (CAROLINA) A very good penalty killer to have.

Radoslav Suchy: Not a bad option for a team in desperate need of a 3rd pair guy on D.

Jason Arnott: (NASHVILLE) Still a question where he could go. Montreal is heavily rumored and maybe the Rangers as well, although Slats dumped him as an Oiler. I think Arnott is overrated this year as a UFA because of the lack of quality UFA forwards, so that’s what makes him so valuable. He is a solid 2nd line forward fit to play on any team. He should be signing papers by tomorrow afternoon.

Bill Guerin: (ST. LOUIS) Many players have bad seasons, and he had one as a Star. Still a good skating forward for his size with the ability to net 25-30 g’s. I think he is a worthwhile winger to get. Pittsburgh may show some interest as they could use a winger with their young talented centers.

Manny Legace: Gerber out, Grahame out, Lalime out. Surprising, is it not? Florida and St. Louis are possibilities. I know he is overrated as he played for the top NHL team, but he is a good goalie nonetheless. As a starter? No, but any team that can have goalies sharing duties could use him.

Brendan Shanahan: (NYRANGERS) I actually think this guy will get a lot of interest from other teams. He is an oldie, but any team with an excellent playmaker will want to sign him.

Radek Dvorak: No longer a scoring threat, but his speed is very valuable. Should stick on the West coast. Maybe the Islanders will show interest from the East.

Mike Peca: (TORONTO) Quality center overall, a leader… with the Canes losing Cullen and possibly Weight, Peca could gain their interest. He showed a lot of value in the post-season this year.

Sergei Samsonov: (MONTREAL) A bit of a gamble with his injury issues, but a flashy winger who will most likely set the market price for forwards, moreso than Elias. He may be waiting for a guy like Arnott to sign to see where his asking price can be marketable. He’s an easy choice to make.

Jeremy Roenick: (PHOENIX) Well, it has to be a Canadian team, apparently. JR is a great character, great attitude….definitely what the Flyers lacked this year. He wants to prove something and he will prove it. He has the attitude to do it, so….for cheap…he’ll be a bargain.

Jan Bulis: (VANCOUVER) Definitely not a bad depth player to have on your roster. Could be looked at as a less talented Martin Rucinsky.

Todd Simpson: He is enjoying the high prices set on defensemen so far. He won’t come in as expensive, but he’ll get a nice million dollar deal. Solid for depth purposes.

Ken Klee: (COLORADO) Same as Simpson.

Viktor Kozlov: He wasn’t able to flourish his offense with the Devils, but he is a good playmaking 2nd line center with size and strength. Teams that are in need of a player to center skilled wingers must take a look at this guy. I’ve been watching this guy as a Panther and a Devil, he can bring more than expected to a team.

Erik Rasmussen: Showed his worth as a Devil. Plays hard, physical…solid 4th liner with grit.

Mark Eaton: (PITTSBURGH) Good defenseman who does the job quietly.

Danny Markov: (DETROIT) I always have a blast watching this guy play. I just wish he’d be healthier. Definitely a solid defenseman with grit, good skating skills and brings a good attitude on the blueline. He’ll be quick to go.

Yanic Perreault: I thought he was deserving of a contract extension. He came in Nashville and exploded. Excellent on face offs and can still net a few good ones.

Mike Sillinger: (NYISLANDERS) This oldie exploded with offense. Good vet player to have, but not to fight over with.

Brendan Witt: (NYISLANDERS) I was sure he was going to be a Canuck. Definitely would choose him over Willie Mitchell. But, he may be asking for a lot of money too. Probably the last best defenseman available on the market. Maybe he was smart not to sign yet after all.

Tom Poti: (NYISLANDERS) Showed a lot of improvements defensively. I wouldn’t call him a bad pick up for any team.

Steve Rucchin: (ATLANTA) Still a valuable forward when healthy and it showed when he was out of the line up. A hard worker, wants to do what’s best for the team…good all-round player. Better fit as a 3rd liner, but he can fill in a 2nd line pretty well if needed.

Martin Rucinsky: If he could ever stay healthy. Excellent season with over a point a game. Solid two-way winger. He definitely wants a 2-year deal, which is what is giving the Rangers problem to re-sign him. He earned my respect, he plays good hockey.

Marty Straka: (NYRANGERS) When his wheels spun, he was all over the place. A very good center to still get for any team. Hope to see him back as a Ranger.

Petr Sykora: Very valuable on shootouts. Took a while to get in scoring shape. He’s one of the better wingers available, excellent shot. Speculation has it that he could go where Arnott goes.

Dominik Hasek: Just retire already.

Vaclav Varada: Seemed pretty useless to me.

Donald Brashear: (WASHINGTON) Go join Peter Worrell with the Charolotte Checkers of the ECHL.

Oleg Kvasha: No more potential to be a scoring winger, but gives solid depth with his size and very good skating and speed.

Alyn McCauley: (LOS ANGELES) Anyone looking for a potential playoff hero needs to look at this guy. I’d like to see the Leafs get him back.

Petr Cajanek: (ST. LOUIS) Not much to do with his numbers, but not a bad player either. With a good team where he goes unnoticed, not a bad pick up.

Jason Allison: Similar case with Eric Daze as he is risky to get. He posted good numbers as a Leaf and all I read was complaints about his play. Blah blah. Allison is going to have a good season, if healthy. Skilled, big… he’s worth a shot.

Eddie Belfour: (FLORIDA) I said this guy should have been bought out last year! I think he is near done. Only if a team has a good young goalie, or a solid back up goalie like Markkanen or Auld, then he’d be useful.

Eric Lindros: (DALLAS) He may have lost his offensive dominance, and he is another injury prone risk, but I’d take him any day.

Anson Carter: He is waiting to see the market price on good wingers. He should not be overpaid, so no rush to sign him. He is sought after, but either he finds chemistry or he finds himself useless.

Jarkko Ruutu: (PITTSBURGH) Why not? I can’t stand him sometimes, but that’s why I’d take him.

Jeff Halpern: (DALLAS) Probably on no one’s radar, at least….from the media. A heart and soul player….gives it his all. He’s one of my favorite guys this off-season.

Jaroslav Spacek: (BUFFALO) One of the few good defencemen left. Plays a good defensive game and showed last year he has a wicked shot and can play on the PP. Should receive many offers.

Valeri Bure: Suffered from a back injury and did not even play for the Kings last year. Just like Daze or Allison, a team could take a chance on the pocket rocket as he still have an upside when healthy.

Teppo Numminen: (BUFFALO) Rumored to be back in Buffalo, but had another heart surgery this summer. Is a gamble but extremely reliable when healthy.

Brian Boucher: Quality goaltender but very streaky. Can still be a good backup at an affordable price.

Shean Donovan: (BOSTON) Gritty forward who plays with heart and passion. Solid 3rd or 4th line player who’ll come in cheap.

Cory Cross: Once was the most hated player in Toronto, showed he could use his size and be a solid depth player to any good team.

Dick Tarnstrom: Offensive d-men that did well in the playoffs when asked to play for the Oilers. Showed he could stand his ground defensively and still can quaterback a team’s PP.

Georges Laraque: (PHOENIX) Don’t fight so much anymore due to his hands condition, became pretty much useless in the ”New NHL”. Plays with heart though and won’t ask for much money.

Joel Bouchard: (NYISLANDERS) One very unlucky defensemen that won the Masterton trophy in 2001, Bouchard suffered from meningitis and almost die. Was considered one of the best skater in the league before that, Bouchard managed to come back in the league. Played for the Isles last year but suffered from an injury at the start of the season. The Habs could show some interest.

Mike Morrison: (PHOENIX) 26 year old goalie that showed some great things with the Oilers last year. Why two teams gave up on this guy is beyond me.

Eric Desjardins: Rumored to be retiring. Might just happen.

Geoff Sanderson: (PHILADELPHIA) Rumored to stay with Phoenix, could receive interest form a bunch of teams as he still is a very good skater.

Dean McAmmond: Was 2 minutes short of joining the Oilers at the deadline last year, could’ve been a great asset to their cup run. Great skater and hard worker. Should be considered as a decent 2nd liner or very good 3rd liner.

Scott Young: Going for his last contract? Still a decent skater with a powerful shot. Could be useful on a solid team as a depth player.

Richard Park: Smooth skater that goes under the radar. Could be useful to a basement team looking to fill roster spot with veterans.

That’s it for the most noticeable players left on the market. Not such a great list, but interesting nonetheless.

Stay tuned! The madness continues.

13 Responses to WHO'S LEFT?

  1. 92-93 says:

    surprised that markov, Perrault, and Leetch are still available (and Shanny).

    as for my leafs, the only move they can afford right now to upgrade their forward lines is to trade for Roberts and have Belak’s salary go the other way (along with a mid-round draft pick).

    Carter is asking for 3 million a year, Shanny is going to get around that amount … so there is no way the leafs can afford them unless they make trades to free up cap space.

    I actually wouldnt mind Roberts here for just the one year, playing alongside Steen or Wellwood (assuming Steen plays down the middle this year, and Lindros plays the wings).

  2. Les-Habitants says:

    In mid April, Eric Daze made a statement that he was not going to have a 4th back surgery, and if he didn’t feel his back had made significant improvement during the summer that he would retire. It’s a shame to see such a talented player suc*****b to injury, hopefully he’ll recover.

    I also have a quick question: Has anyone heard anything on either Lindros or Danny Markov? I haven’t heard a word concerning either player.

  3. oilers_rock says:

    Oilers better sign Spacek, or we r screwed. He is the only good defensmen left on the market and we desperetly need him. If we dont, there will be too much pressure on the rookie Smid to step in right away and be a top 4 defensemen.

  4. Lint07 says:

    don’t count on Spacek to re-sign. he’s as good as gone.

  5. intothevoid001 says:

    what ever happened with the owen nolan deal? when healthy, he is a good power forward….

  6. goose says:

    The Leafs have signed former 2004 calder trophy winner Andrew Raycroft. Raycroft who was the former boston bruin who had a bad season in 2006. At the NHL entry draft day the Maple Leafs and Bruins dangled a bit. The Toronto maple leafs traded tukka rask to get to Raycroft. I think that raycroft will do good with the leafs and lead the into the playoffs along with j.s. aubin.

    The Leafs also signed a couple of skilled and tall defenseman. The Leafs signed defensemans Pavel Kubina for 4 years and Hal GIll for 3 years. Kubina after winning the cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 proven that hes a cup contendor and shows what a real defencman is. He had a great season in 2004 and 2006 and i hope he keeps it up with his new team the leafs. Now skip onto Hal Gill hes not much of a point getter, but hes a skilled and tough defenseman. He could read the plays very well and can hit players hard, too.

    Now im going to talk about who the leafs are going to sign for forward ?. Three players that interest me to be a leaf are:

    1. Anson Carter: Having a great season with the Vancouver Canucks i think that Carter will ste it up a notch with the leafs and score many points.

    2. Eric Daze: Daze is a tall forward who coul stick handle with the puck very good and could score many goals.

    3.Sergei Samsonov: after being trade at the trade deadline from the bruins to the oilers for mart reasoner, yan stastny, and a conditional 2nd round draft pick.

    For Boston I think that there going to do great this season by signing: Chara, Donovan, and savard.

    Last season they traded two ighly creative players for more good players. I think 1 major one was the bruins and shark deal.

    To Boston: D Brad Stuart, F Marco Sturm, and F Wayne Primeau.

    To San Jose: F Joe Thornton

    I think was a fair trade because thornton is a great player and the other three are great players 2. When Thornton arrived in San Jose, he made a big impact for the Sharks leading them into the second round of playoffs.

    With many players signing with different teams I think they’ll make a huge impact.

  7. SensDude says:

    Anyone heard something about Martin Havlat and Toskala, it`s been a while now we haven’t heard anything ???

  8. Aetherial says:

    I think the Leafs will end up going right up against the cap in their normal, idiotic manner, and get one of those guys at 3 million, dump Tellqvist’s salary and sign a couple guys at the minimum in September.

    I don’t want Carter. I would rather see Shanahan or Roberts.

  9. oilers_rock says:

    Ottawa signed Gerger already there is no need for that trade to happen.

  10. hockeywhore says:

    You got something there…wait no you don’t. Are you watching re-runs of the 1997 All-star game? Can you believe he called that shot on Hasek? DUDE! … that was a long time ago. He’s not a good power forward anymore. Actually, he’s not a good player anymore. He’s more detiorated than Communism. Lenin’s rotting corpse has healthier knees than Owen Nolan. He’s done. I’d rather have Pat Falloon than Owen Nolan. Now there was a San Jose Shark you could hang your hat on. Go hype another spent ex-Leaf while your at it. Where’s Wendel Clark at, anyway?

  11. nordiques100 says:

    how the leafs lineup now:









    Raycroft, aubin

    depth chart:

    the marlies forwards: suglobov, williams, newbury, earl, mitchell, foster, sagat

    the marlies D: harrison, bell, kronvall, wozniewski, moro, harrington

    the marlies goal: pogge, racine, tellqvist

    the best of the rest of the leafs: khumelin, tlusty, vorobiev, reimer, oreskovic

    The total cost for the above lineup excluding the depth chart players but plus the buyouts to belfour and domi is approximately 40.2 million. that basically leaves 1.8 million to spend on a forward or 2.

    lets say the leaf get eric back for say 750K. that basically leaves 1 million to get another forward.

    if another forward is what they want, he would likely replace ondrus or pohl which would add another half mil to the amount they can spend. so this would leave them with approx 1.5 million for a forward. they could shave another 400K if they drop coliacovo and replaced him with either wozniewski or harrison who come at close to the minimum salary. This would give toronto almost 2 million to get a forward.

    if signing a free agent is the way they find another forward, their choices are slim.

    dvorak – proably be around what friesen got. he too has wheels the leafs need.

    victor kozlov – made 1.7 last year to score 25 points. would probably get the same amount. has skill and would be an upgrade over antropov as someone who could play with mats.

    jan bulis – may fetch anywhere from 1.5-2 mil. he probably wants more than that which is why he still is un-signed. he’s not that old and has good size and speed.

    the out of the price range group includes: peca, sykora, carter, samsonov, shanahan, allison, sanderson, rucinsky, recchi. unless any of these guys want to take a big paycut, they wont be leafs for sure.

    so that just leaves trades.

    now getting gary roberts will put them just over the 42 mil limit they wish to spend. an option is to just go with 21 guys and have belak as the extra man since he can play both forward and defence. they can do that with the farm team also in toronto.

    there are other options

    Oleg saprykhin – how about a antropov for saprykhin trade. they both make about the same salary and both former first rounders who have been subpar. the thing i like about oleg is that he has great wheels. his finishing skills are a bit suspect but so are nikky’s. they would still need to find another forward but say if they signed one of those free agents i mentioned like dvorak, kozlov or bulis or even brought back roberts, it would still kinda sorta work financially

    stephen weiss – if they go for roberts, why not get a guy like weiss in the deal also. they could offer up antropov, coliacovo, and/or tellqvist and/or a pick or any combination or all for both roberts and weiss. together they would come in at approx 3 mil which i think could work, especially after moving out antropov. weiss needs a change in scenery and it wouldnt hurt getting a local product back to toronto.

    slim pickin’s for sure. it’s pretty much going to be gary and eric returning and leaving the forwards to be:





    and leave the leafs fighting again for 7th and 8th place most likely.

  12. 92-93 says:

    nothing the leafs do in the next few weeks – re: signing a free agent forward, trading for one, etc – is going to decide to put them in or out of the playoffs. they are pretty much limited to the mid-low range of the conference standings. which is fine right now.

    the smartest thing the leafs can do is trade for Roberts but only if they have some salary going the other way. sign lindros for a million or less.

    but other than that. they should be gunning to keep some space beneath the cap and try to go a little lean on the forward lines (re: rely on Pohl, Suglobov, maybe even Williams or Battaglia). then try to make sensible trades or additions as the year progresses.

  13. intothevoid001 says:

    how was i “hyping” him? i asked a simple question…

    and clark is playing golf apperently… he was in the newspaper the other day

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