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Posted - 12/07/2009 :  12:23:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep it's early, but with some teams tanking the talks of who is a pending free agent, and therefore may be movable before the deadline is heating up. Some big names have already signed, Savard, Pronger, Luongo and Nash all signed extensions here is whats left, who do you think will stay and who do you think will find a new home?

Noteable UFA's:
Sergei Gonchar
Niklas Lidstrom
Alexander Frolov
Ollie Jokkinen
Ilya Kovalchuck
Paul Karyia
Patrick Marleau
Stephane Robidas
Scott Neidermayer
Teemu Selanne
Rob Blake
Jere Lehtinen
Alex Tanguay
Chris Higgins
Bill Guerin
Rene Bourque
Maxim Afineganov
Marty Turco
Evgeni Nabokov
J.S. Giguerre
Vesa Toskala
Jose Theodore
Andrew Raycroft

Notable RFA's:
Bobby Ryan
Bryan Little
Cam Ward
Wojtek Wolski
Sam Gagner
Andrew Cogliano
Carey Price
Marcel Goc
David Clarkson
Ryan Parent
Kris Letang
Joe Pavelski
Devin Setoguchi
Paul Ranger
Ian White
Jonas Gustavsson
Ryan Kesler
Alexander Semin
Niklas Backstrom

There's a lot of dirty old occ's around thats the problem

PickupHockey Pro

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Posted - 12/07/2009 :  12:28:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Could be a big year for some of the greats to call it quits...

Lidstrom, Kariya, Neids, Selanne, and Blake in particular.
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Posted - 12/07/2009 :  12:46:21  Reply with Quote
Lidstrom, Selanne, Niedermayer, and Lehtinen will likely retire. I could see guys like Gonchar, Turco, Guerin, Kariya and Blake only resigning with their current teams for another short term.

I'm not really going to talk about Bourque, Afinogenov, Raycroft, Higgins, and Theodore as I believe there won't be any fighting over these guys, they will sign where they can get a job. Bourque and Afinogenov likely with their current teams for decent 09-10 performances.

I think realistically that leaves these guys as the heavier hitters:


Of these guys I bet Robidas and Nabokov will sign with Dal and SJ respectively.

Jokinen, Tanguay and Frolov are all pieces that teams will fight over but not want to overpay due to their inconsistent histories. They could end up anywhere and I think will not be on the same teams next year as they are this year.

Kovalchuk and Marleau... those are tough. Those are the names that will fill the media's late june programming if they're not already signed to Atl and SJ... Or for Kovalchuk to wherever they trade him to at the deadline this year.

Giguere and Toskala could be interesting pieces as well on a team looking to take a chance, expect both to be somewhere new next year, Toskala as a backup or in the KHL.

I also think 95% of the RFAs will sign to their current teams or be traded and then signed.
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