Thursday, July 31, 2008

Free Agency 2008
Who's actually left?

It's been almost exactly four weeks since free agency opened, and we're into bargain bin territory now. My Day 2 who's left list has been whittled down to the bargain bin, a place full of players with (as of yet) no place to go.

Here's who's still out there, sorted by position and then points last season (I've added Glen Murray and Mark Parrish):

Sundin, Shanahan, Sakic, Hlavac, G. Murray, Parrish, Robitaille, Nagy, Smolinski, Hamilton, Selanne, Barnes, Gelinas, Letowski, Forsberg, Perreault, Lapointe, Sanderson, Yelle, Ritchie, Isbister, M. Tjarnqvist, Dowd, M. Ryan, Giuliano, M. Johnson

Berard, Hedican, Cullimore, Carney, Brisebois, Malik, A. Miller, Modry, Richardson, Hill, Pratt, Semenov, Popovic, Spiller, Numminen

Aubin, Thibault

Let me know if I've missed anyone.

This list very well could be more of a retirement list by September, as there are a lot of bodies here that are pretty close to that age anyway.



At 10:36 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

I think John Pohl signed with a Swiss club, but I don't have a link for you.

I remember Dowd saying he wanted to play one more year during the playoffs. I like Dowd... he's not your typical 40 year old NHLer... he never was a big time player, but he's just always found a way to contribute to a team. Most guys like him are lucky to last 5 years in the NHL.

At 10:36 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

I'm moderately surprised that one month into UFA period Ladislav Nagy is still on the market.

He's always had the stigma of being a perimeter player and isn't very big or tough but he's got some skill (311 points in 435 NHL games) and just turned 29.

Guess the neck injury he had last year, or his asking price, has scared teams away but I figured on skill alone some team would have taken a flyer on him.

At 10:38 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You're right on Pohl — he went to Lugano. He's deleted.

I got an email or two about Jim Dowd when he was up for the Masterton Trophy — he's very popular in New Jersey hockey circles. One of the hardest working guys in the league, too.

At 10:41 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Marty Gelinas could definitely still help someone. He is a tremendous skater, a guy who can both kill penalties and score a timely goal here and there. Marty Lapointe, for instance, couldn't skate well enough to play in the league anymore, but Gelinas still can.

At 10:47 a.m., July 30, 2008, Anonymous Conrad said...

I'm definitely surprised that Nagy, Perrault, Hlavac, and Gelinas haven't been snapped up for a deal, especially by teams sorely in need of depth, a faceoff specialist, character or secondary scoring and with cap room to spare. (Ottawa.)

At 11:06 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

The problem with Yannic Perreault has always been this... on the 35-40% of draws he loses, he never puts himself in a good position defensively. He's about the last guy on your team you want out in the type of situation you want to put your top faceoff guy on the ice for... holding a lead late in the game, or on the PK. If your team does not get the puck out of your zone, there's a higher chance a good scoring chance will result than most other players on your team.

He used to be a decent 2nd line offensive player. He is not anymore. The extra 10% of faceoffs he can win over your next best guy just isn't worth the risk anymore.

Hedican wanted to play in California, but I only see a spot there for him with the Kings. Does he want to play for a bottom feeder?

At 11:12 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger RudyKelly said...

I may be wrong, but I thought I remember Rich Hammond implying that Nagy's career may be over because of his neck injury. And I think Modry is going to sign with a Swiss team.

At 11:27 a.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Murray and Parrish are going to attract most of the secondary-scoring interest since they're fresh on the market, but you'll note that Jan Hlavac outscored the both of 'em last year. Think Nashville might want him back after Radulov's defection?

At 12:24 p.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

That list looks like my fantasy draft lineup from NHL 01

At 1:10 p.m., July 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all of them should sign in Russia. KHL could then tell the hockey world how they stole all these stars from NHL.

At 1:26 p.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Also, Tanabe's buyout remains under dispute, does it not? If he's on the list, then I guess Dan Cloutier should be included on it as well.

No one will sign Tanabe anyways if he's still claiming concussion problems.

I'm surprised Norris Trophy candidate Jassen Cullimore does not have a new team.

At 2:07 p.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger Joel said...

I think Ozolinsh signed with Dinamo Riga of the KHL

At 2:09 p.m., July 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Filppula signed with Wings 5yr/15M You can remove this post since Fil was RFA.

At 9:09 p.m., July 30, 2008, Anonymous LeMatt said...

Isn't Chelios still technically a UFA? I imagine he's like Sakic or Selanne in that we know where he'll be signing if he signs somewhere. You gotta think when you're in your mid 40s it's time to hang up the skates.

At 9:21 p.m., July 30, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good point on Chelios.

As for him retiring — heck, let the guy play if he wants to and a team signs him. I think it's great some guys want to push their limits into their 40s.

At 11:44 a.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger Ebscer said...

Michael Ryan will end up signing somewhere. He's far better then what most teams have on their fourth line. Not sure where he will go though...


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