Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Top UFA Centers Available This Summer

Ok - so maybe this is a little early to be doing. Most teams are still battling it out to secure a playoff spot and those that know they are heading to the postseason are trying to secure the best playoff seed possible. But, now that the NHL Trade Deadline has passed us by, the next most exciting date for hockey bloggers and hockey fans is July 1st (otherwise known as the day that free agency begins). Just like the way we looked at the top names who were likely to be traded leading up to the Trade Deadline, we're going to take a look at the top UFAs that will be available this summer, sorted by position.

First we'll take a look at the top UFA Centers that will be available this summer. The amount of +'s or -'s next to each player indicates whether I think that the player's contract next season will be more or less than the current contract and by how much. If a player has one + or - next to his name then I think he's looking at a minor salary increase or decrease. Several +'s or -'s indicates that I think the player is looking at a significant increase. Also, I'm not taking into account that certain players will give a hometown discount, all salary expectations I'm indicating are if the player were to hit the open market. The list below is in the order of attention that I think that each player will be given, not necessarily in the order of best UFA available.

Mats Sundin - Canucks - Current Contract $8.6M, --
Joe Sakic - Colorado - Current Contract $6M, retiring in my opinion
Mike Cammalleri - Calgary - Current Contract $3.6M, ++
Henrik Sedin - Cancuks - Current Contract $3.58M, ++
Johan Franzen - Detroit - Current Contract $1.15M, +++
Saku Koivu - Monreal - Current contract $4.75M, -
Nik Antropov - NYR - Current Contract $2.15M, ++
John Madden - NJ - Current contract $2.94M, -
Dominic Moore - Buffalo - Current contract $900k, +++
Mike Comrie - Ottawa - Current contract $4M, -
Robert Lang - Montreal - Current contract $4M, ---
Doug Weight - NYI - Current Contract $1.75M, -

List of all UFA centers

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