Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A look at pending UFAs

Trade deadline day is about the business of hockey, not the game. If it was really about teams trying to find the final piece of the puzzle to push them over the top, teams would have stopped trying to find it long ago.
The trade deadline is one of those occasions that isn't just for the contenders; it's also a chance for the also-rans to retool and ship out pending free agents for something of value.

Just try and tell a fan of the Flyers that the Alexei Zhitnik or Peter Forsberg deals were fruitless exercises last season. Atlanta and Nashville may not have made their way any closer to the Stanley Cup, but Philadelphia certainly did.

The wide majority of the deals we're going to see over the next two weeks are going to involve pending unrestricted free agents, players without deals next season on teams that are either out of the race or on the fringe.

For a lot of teams, it's getting something for nothing.

Here's a look at the most high-profile pending UFAs, by position, and with those most likely to be moved in bold:


Forwards TM 2007-08
1 SAKIC, JOE COL $6,750,000
2 FEDOROV, SERGEI CBJ $6,080,000
3 HOSSA, MARIAN ATL $6,000,000
4 NASLUND, MARKUS VAN $6,000,000
5 SUNDIN, MATS TOR $5,500,000
6 SHANAHAN, BRENDAN NYR $5,300,000
7 SELANNE, TEEMU ANA $5,158,696
8 DEMITRA, PAVOL MIN $4,500,000
9 SATAN, MIROSLAV NYI $4,255,000
10 HOLIK, ROBERT ATL $4,250,000
11 NAGY, LADISLAV L.A $3,750,000
12 SAMSONOV, SERGEI CAR $3,525,000
13 WEIGHT, DOUG ANA $3,500,000
14 COMRIE, MIKE NYI $3,375,000
15 STRAKA, MARTIN NYR $3,300,000
16 MORRISON, BRENDAN VAN $3,200,000
17 RYDER, MICHAEL MTL $2,950,000
18 FEDOTENKO, RUSLAN NYI $2,900,000
19 CONROY, CRAIG CGY $2,850,000
20 GELINAS, MARTIN NSH $2,850,000
21 ROBERTS, GARY PIT $2,500,000
22 LANGKOW, DAYMOND CGY $2,442,000
23 ROLSTON, BRIAN MIN $2,432,000
24 LAPOINTE, MARTIN CHI $2,400,000
25 VYBORNY, DAVID CBJ $2,200,000
26 RECCHI, MARK ATL $2,000,000
27 NOLAN, OWEN CGY $2,000,000
28 SMOLINSKI, BRYAN MTL $2,000,000
29 PECA, MICHAEL CBJ $1,915,000
30 AVERY, SEAN NYR $1,900,000
31 PROSPAL, VACLAV T.B $1,900,000
32 BRUNETTE, ANDREW COL $1,600,000
33 HUNTER, TRENT NYI $1,550,000
34 COOKE, MATT VAN $1,508,333
35 PERREAULT, YANIC CHI $1,500,000
36 SANDERSON, GEOFF EDM $1,500,000
37 THORNTON, SCOTT L.A $1,500,000
38 GRATTON, CHRIS T.B $1,500,000



Defencemen TM 2007-08
1 REDDEN, WADE OTT $6,500,000
2 BLAKE, ROBERT L.A $6,000,000
3 FOOTE, ADAM CBJ $4,600,000
4 NORSTROM, MATTIAS DAL $4,250,000
5 STUART, BRAD L.A $3,500,000
6 BOYLE, DAN T.B $3,333,333
7 MARA, PAUL NYR $3,000,000
8 WARD, AARON BOS $2,750,000
9 MALIK, MAREK NYR $2,500,000
10 HEDICAN, BRET CAR $2,432,000
11 JACKMAN, BARRET STL $2,200,000
12 CARNEY, KEITH MIN $2,100,000
13 ROZSIVAL, MICHAL NYR $2,100,000
14 KALININ, DMITRI BUF $2,000,000
15 TARNSTROM, DICK CBJ $2,000,000
16 SMITH, JASON PHI $1,976,000
17 SCHULTZ, NICK MIN $1,850,000
18 EATON, MARK PIT $1,600,000
19 CAMPBELL, BRIAN BUF $1,500,000
20 MILLER, AARON VAN $1,500,000
21 WESLEY, GLEN CAR $1,400,000
22 ZYUZIN, ANDREI CHI $1,400,000
23 BRISEBOIS, PATRICE MTL $1,400,000
24 RACHUNEK, KAREL N.J $1,400,000
25 SALVADOR, BRYCE STL $1,400,000
27 LILES, JOHN-MICHAEL COL $1,325,000
28 HILL, SEAN MIN $1,325,000
29 COMMODORE, MIKE CAR $1,250,000
30 VANDERMEER, JAMES PHI $1,225,000
31 MODRY, JAROSLAV L.A $1,200,000
32 CHELIOS, CHRIS DET $1,150,000
33 NUMMELIN, PETTERI MIN $1,100,000
34 ORPIK, BROOKS PIT $1,037,500
35 HEJDA, JAN CBJ $1,000,000
36 LILJA, ANDREAS DET $1,000,000
37 MEZEI, BRANISLAV FLA $825,000
38 MONTADOR, STEVE FLA $800,000
39 HAINSEY, RON CBJ $737,500
40 MCCARTHY, STEVE ATL $725,000
41 BERARD, BRYAN NYI $725,000
42 SAUER, KURT COL $719,250
43 DIPENTA, JOE ANA $700,000
44 STREIT, MARK MTL $600,000



Goaltenders TM 2007-08
1 KOLZIG, OLAF WSH $5,450,000
2 THEODORE, JOSE COL $5,333,333
3 HASEK, DOMINIK DET $4,100,000
4 HUET, CRISTOBAL MTL $2,875,000
5 JOSEPH, CURTIS CGY $1,673,148
6 GRAHAME, JOHN CAR $1,400,000
7 HEDBERG, JOHAN ATL $1,000,000
8 HOLMQVIST, JOHAN T.B $1,000,000
9 LALIME, PATRICK CHI $950,000
10 THIBAULT, JOCELYN BUF $760,000
11 VALIQUETTE, STEPHEN NYR $617,500
12 AULD, ALEXANDER BOS $600,000
13 SANFORD, CURTIS VAN $600,000
14 ELLIS, DAN NSH $500,000
15 DUBIELEWICZ, WADE NYI $500,000
16 CONKLIN, TY PIT $500,000


Now, a lot of these players aren't going anywhere, but these lists do give you an idea of who's not locked up next season — and as we saw in the Senators-Hurricanes swap yesterday, that can play a big role in what teams are willing to part with.

If Carolina, still very much in the race, was willing to deal two key veterans given their contract status, then more teams are sure to follow.
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4 Comments:

At 3:12 AM, February 13, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

Does you bolding of Geoff Sanderson's name mean that you think somebody would take him? I can see him being a useful depth veteran for a run, but even at a fifth of the cap hit, do contenders really not have anything better to do with their money?

I kind of like him, of course, but I'm a sucker for speedy guys with no hands. Todd Marchant was the greatest Oiler ever.

 
At 12:39 PM, February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like if you are a Jacket or a NYI you are going to be moved. Seems like neither of these two teams would have a roster player left to complete the season if all of the BOLDs were true.

Are these guys probable to move just because of their FA status and looking outside of a playoff spot or more to it?

 
At 1:16 PM, February 13, 2008, Blogger Marchantfan said...

steve: I heartily endorse this event or product.

 
At 4:27 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous mrgoalie said...

Wonder if anyone with an open spot on a scoring line will give Nagy another shot. He's getting close to running himself out of them, but for a bottom-feeder looking to rebuild perhaps they'd take him on with the hope of convincing him to stay the course in the offseason (a la Bryzgalov). My pick: Atlanta after they unload Hossa

 

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