Thursday, August 24, 2006

Playing with the leftovers
Team-building with the last of the free agents

Originally posted Aug. 1 — see updates at bottom

Some people were asking this a few weeks ago, but that was far too early. No, now — as August begins — it's time to wonder, 'Who on earth is left?'

With so many teams up against the salary cap, there could definitely be some deals to be had here. With that in mind, I present to you: The Team of the Unwanted.

V. Kozlov - Allison - Sykora
Dumont - Perreault - Carter
Bondra - Hrdina - Dvorak
Rucinsky - G. Johnson - Kvasha

Leetch - Desjardins
Hill - Tanabe
Tarnstrom - Suchy

Legace, Dunham, Boucher

In the system: (F) V. Bure, Nolan, McAmmond, Varada, Daigle, Isbister, Leclerc, Savage, Young, Boguniecki, Dowd; (D) Weinrich, Therien, Woolley, Khavanov, Strudwick, Fitzpatrick, Hulse, Majesky; (G) Prusek, Clemmenson, Chiodo

Now, my question to you is, where would that team finish in the standings?

UPDATE Aug. 2: Rucinsky goes to St. Louis, McAmmond to Ottawa. Also, as GM of this new team, my ears are burning.

UPDATE Aug. 15: Sykora signs in Edmonton, Johnson in Detroit, Desjardins and Weinrich retire, Legace finally finds a home in St. Louis, Hill heads to the Isles and Varada is off to Switzerland. My roster — it's been decimated!

UPDATE Aug. 15: Added two newcomers in Dumont and Tanabe.

UPDATE Aug. 16: Owen Nolan signs on with Phoenix.

UPDATE Aug. 24: Boguniecki signs with Columbus (nice pickup), Fitzpatrick with Vancouver.


At 3:46 p.m., August 01, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

This team would definitely not make the playoffs, and let far too many goals against.

Bondra is basically going to retire, although there are rumblings he may end up in Washington for a farewell season

Kvasha is definitely the most underrated of the bunch.

At 3:50 p.m., August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Czerkawski signed in Europe recently, so technically he's not a free agent. Might have to call up Owen Nolan.

At 3:59 p.m., August 01, 2006, Anonymous Karina said...

Which forwards would play the penalty kill?

I think they'd be killed by the lack of defensive forwards, speed, and prone to injury.

At 4:00 p.m., August 01, 2006, Anonymous Ben said...

Byron Dafoe hasn't played anywhere in two seasons. I don't think he's filed retirement papers at any point, but he probably shouldn't be considered an active player.

At 6:04 p.m., August 01, 2006, Anonymous grace said...

Back up a bit. For $956.00 someone gets a ticket to your apartment? What's included in that? Do you accept mastercard?

I kid.

I'm sure Dvorak will end up an Oiler. They're moving so slow now signing players like Dvo, Lupul, etc.

At 11:11 p.m., August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


isn't that an Italian soda?

At 12:29 p.m., August 02, 2006, Blogger MetroGnome said...

Daze? Can he even manage to walk to his car, let alone drive to the rink or play on a second line somewhere?

At 1:12 p.m., August 02, 2006, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

For the life of me, I can't figure out why someone hasn't signed Legace. All the guy does is stop pucks and win. How is he not an upgrade on Cloutier for the Kings? Ottawa also could have signed up at a significant savings to what they are paying Gerber. I don't get it -- if someone out there knows why this guy seems to be unwanted, let me know, because I don't get it.

At 3:29 p.m., August 02, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

If you were a GM would you want to sign the goalie who commented on his playoff performance by saying "I feel like I should hang myself" or something to that effect. Legace should have a starting job somewhere but I think alot of people have been left questioning his mental toughness. The last thing you want is for your starting goalie to pull a Tommy Salo on you.

At 10:31 p.m., August 02, 2006, Blogger Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Wasn't that the Maple Leafs roster after the 2003-04 Trade Deadline?

At 12:24 p.m., August 03, 2006, Blogger SabreSharp said...

Kvasha is underrated?!!?

At 8:56 p.m., August 03, 2006, Anonymous Zanstorm said...

Yeah, Daze is done like dinner. I would put Mike Leclerc in there instead!!

At 4:05 p.m., August 15, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Mirtle, you look a little thin on the wing. Why not consider a guy like J.P. Dumont?

At 4:41 p.m., August 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can add Tanabe to that squad along with Dumont

At 4:49 p.m., August 15, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good point, guys.

At 4:18 p.m., August 17, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Tarnstrom has signed with Lugano.

At 5:35 p.m., August 17, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Tarnstrom's out clause leads me to believe he'll still sign in the NHL.

At 4:30 p.m., August 25, 2006, Blogger d-lee said...

David Tanabe was spotted in Raleigh having lunch with Jim Rutherford and Peter Laviolette today.

Make what you will of that.

At 8:44 p.m., August 25, 2006, Blogger Gunn said...

I don't understand why Kvasha is unsigned. He still seems like he'd be a solid pickup, and I can't see him demanding big dollars.

At 3:14 p.m., August 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tanabe is now a Canes. The Canes may be after Isbister as well


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