Monday, July 09, 2007

The unwanted UFAs

I've got my picks for the best/worst of the bunch over at FanHouse this evening. (Hint: Alexei Yashin features prominently, as does Anson Carter and his good friend bubbly.)

Here's a question: Which of these guys doesn't find a home come the fall?



At 8:45 p.m., July 09, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

You definitely took the gloves off, there. That column's a riot.

At 8:50 p.m., July 09, 2007, Blogger Loxy said...

Hot list, yo.

At 9:19 p.m., July 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carter can play. His problem is he thinks he's Brett Hull when he's more like Jan Bulis. A lot of teams could use him, for about $1M.

At 11:04 p.m., July 09, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I suspect Carter goes back to Vancouver at a discount rate.

Yashin can probably find a job but if the money isn't quite what he wants he'll go back home to Russia to play.

Friesen is only 30 and still has good speed so somebody will take a chance on him if Friesen wants to play for no more than $750,000.

Brisebois might find a job as defensemen are generally in more demand but only if he is interested in playing for under $1 million and likely for bottom tier team.

Niinimaa isn't one of those defensemen who is going to find a job though. He retires or possibly plays in Europe.

Ed Belfour will find a job, likely in Los Angeles or Phoenix but I wouldn't necessarily rule out a team like Tampa if they can shed Mark Denis's contract (what is probably unlikely though).

At 9:34 a.m., July 10, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

James, I don't think those are TSN's words re. Niinimaa, but rather a profile provided by The Sports Forecaster. The Star uses identical

Unless TSN is providing Forecaster with scouting reports, which I suppose is entirely possible.

At 11:46 a.m., July 10, 2007, Blogger MetroGnome said...

Watching Amonte bungle numerous scoring chances and go offside needlessly all year long last season convinced me he's pretty much finished.

At 11:54 a.m., July 10, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

1. Don't insult Jan Bulis by comparing him to Tarantula Head. Bulis was an exceptional PKer and hustled hard after his dad smacked him around.

2. Oleg Kvasha - This guy is a solid 2-way forward, and far superior to the likes of Vasicek. Why he isn't on this list is beyond me.

At 11:56 a.m., July 10, 2007, Blogger Jeremy said...

James, would you consider doing the complementary piece to this one, showing which of the remaining UFAs you think might be diamonds in the rough? Or don't you think there really are any in the bunch?

At 12:10 p.m., July 10, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Man, that is a LONG list. The reality is that some of those guys have played their last game in the NHL, and just don't know it yet. It will be interesting to check this list again a month from now, and see who is still left.

My guess for most prominent forced retiree is Lindros. I doubt he is willing to play for minimum salary, and I just can't see anyone offering more than that for a guy as broken down as he is. It's a pretty sad end for a guy who was supposed to rewrite the record books and redefine the power forward position.

At 1:08 p.m., July 10, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Kvasha played in Russia last season.


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