Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Who could get an offer sheet?
The 50 most desirable RFAs

Will we see an offer sheet handed out this summer? Given how meagre the pickings are, in some respects, among the unrestricted free agent class, I don't think it's out of the question more GMs follow Kevin Lowe in attempting to pry restricted free agents away from their teams.

In general, the benefit of signing RFAs is their age, as you can acquire players as young as 21. This summer, there isn't a notable RFA older than 25.

If players don't accept a qualifying offer (which must be made by June 25 for teams to retain RFA rights) and aren't going to arbitration, teams can begin negotiating offer sheets with them on June 26. They can be signed on July 1.

Here's my list of the top 50 available RFAs:


Player Age Team Pos 07/08 cap hit GP GAA Sv%
1 Fleury, Marc-Andre 22 PIT G $1.295 35 2.33 0.921
2 Leclaire, Pascal 24 CLB G $1.050 54 2.25 0.919
3 Lehtonen, Kari 23 ATL G $1.850 48 2.90 0.916
4 Hiller, Jonas 25 ANA G $3.200 23 2.06 0.927
5 Halak, Jaroslav 22 MTL G $0.492 6 2.11 0.934

With the UFA goalie market so thin this summer — Cristobal Huet, Dan Ellis and Jose Theodore are the names out there, but all could be re-signed by their teams — someone could take a chance on one of these five young goaltenders if they aren't headed to arbitration.



Player Age Team Pos 07/08 cap hit GP Pts
1 Green, Mike 21 WAS D $0.833 82 56
2 Bouwmeester, Jay 23 FLA D $2.175 82 37
3 Weber, Shea 21 NAS D $0.610 54 20
4 Meszaros, Andrej 21 OTT D $0.984 82 36
5 Pitkanen, Joni 23 EDM D $2.400 63 26
6 Ehrhoff, Christian 24 SJS D $0.850 77 22
7 Suter, Ryan 22 NAS D $0.785 76 31
8 Wideman, Dennis 24 BOS D $0.600 81 36
9 Jones, Randy 25 PHI D $0.525 71 31
10 Morrisonn, Shaone 24 WAS D $0.900 76 10
11 Gleason, Tim 24 CAR D $1.175 80 19
12 Foster, Kurtis 25 MIN D $1.025 56 19
13 Seidenberg, Dennis 25 CAR D $0.800 47 15
14 Gorges, Josh 22 MTL D $0.495 62 9
15 Stuart, Mark 23 BOS D $1.580 82 8

Green, Bouwmeester and Weber are all expected to command mammoth deals this off-season, and if negotiations break down, they may choose to go the offer sheet route.

Given the age of these blueliners, they're all going to be in demand.



Player Age Team Pos 07/08 cap hit GP Pts
1 Perry, Corey 22 ANA F $0.621 70 54
2 Bouchard, Pierre-Marc 23 MIN F $2.600 81 63
3 Kostitsyn, Andrei 22 MTL F $0.785 78 53
4 Carter, Jeff 22 PHI F $0.942 82 53
5 Umberger, R.J. 25 PHI F $1.150 74 50
6 O‘Sullivan, Patrick 22 LAK F $0.851 82 53
7 Wolski, Wojtek 21 COL F $0.943 77 48
8 Pavelski, Joe 22 SJS F $0.850 82 40
9 Filppula, Valtteri 23 DET F $0.733 78 36
10 Clowe, Ryane 24 SJS F $0.542 15 8
11 Vermette, Antoine 24 OTT F $1.000 81 53
12 Svatos, Marek 25 COL F $1.200 62 37
13 Laich, Brooks 24 WAS F $0.725 82 37
14 Gaustad, Paul 25 BUF F $0.713 82 36
15 Stoll, Jarret 25 EDM F $2.200 81 36
16 Bernier, Steve 22 BUF F $1.183 76 32
17 Dawes, Nigel 22 NYR F $0.496 61 29
18 Olesz, Rostislav 21 FLA F $0.984 56 26
19 MacArthur, Clarke 22 BUF F $0.693 37 15
20 Ladd, Andrew 21 CHI F $1.834 63 30
21 Backes, David 23 STL F $0.887 72 31
22 Carcillo, Daniel 22 PHX F $0.677 57 24
23 Paille, Dan 23 BUF F $0.585 77 35
24 Ruutu, Tuomo 24 CAR F $1.875 77 32
25 Eriksson, Loui 21 DAL F $0.725 69 31
26 Stajan, Matt 23 TOR F $0.875 82 33
27 Bourque, Rene 25 CHI F $0.825 62 24
28 Larose, Chad 25 CAR F $0.475 58 23
29 Clarkson, David 23 NJD F $0.800 81 22
30 Sjostrom, Fredrik 24 NYR F $0.775 69 21

Less high-end talent here, although someone such as Kostitsyn or Filppula could be heavily sought after, even in an offer sheet situation.
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8 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, June 10, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

I expect about half of these players to have new contracts before other teams can negotiate with them.

 
At 3:40 PM, June 10, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'll be keeping track here.

 
At 3:53 PM, June 10, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

If I were a GM I might take a run at Wideman and the super-cheap Bruins... Ottawa and Anaheim might have cap trouble, too, but I'm not sold on their talent other than Perry... It would be funny if Burke made an offer to Stoll...

 
At 4:11 PM, June 10, 2008, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Expect Carter and Umberger to draw some attention since the Flyers already have a lot of money tied up to big long term contracts and may not be willing to match. Andrej Meszaros is another defenseman who might draw some attention for much the same reason.

 
At 4:41 PM, June 10, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

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At 5:26 PM, June 10, 2008, Anonymous Mr DeBakey said...

"It would be funny if Burke made an offer to Stoll..."

Lowe is hopin'

 
At 9:45 PM, June 12, 2008, Blogger Mr.Poindexter said...

I read a suggestion that Washington bid high for Fleury. It makes sense. My guess is Pittsburgh has to match the offer, otherwise they risk losing one of the fine young goalies in the league and pissing off their fans, which therefore leaves them less cap space for Hossa this year and Malkin and Staal next. And if Pittsburgh does the unexpected and lets Fleury walk, Washington has themselves one of the fine young goalies in the league, short-circuits the Penguins "dynasty", and guarantees a bitter rivalry for the next decade.

 
At 3:34 PM, June 14, 2008, Blogger Dylan Berry said...

Dear Brian Burke,

Please put in an offer sheet for Joni Pitkanen, we could use the picks.

Signed,

Edmonton Oilers Fans

 

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