Thursday, March 12, 2009

Top UFA Wingers 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.

Yesterday we took a look at the top UFA Centers that are available.

Now we'll take a look at the top UFA Wingers 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.

Marian Hossa - Detroit - Salary 08/09 $7.45M, about the same
Alexei Kovalev - Montreal - Salary 08/09 $4.5M, -
Chris Neil - Ottawa - Salary 08/09 $1.2M, +
Petr Sykora - Penguins - Salary 08/09 $2.5M, ++
Brian Gionta - NJ - Salary 08/09 $4M, -
Mike Knuble - Flyers - Salary 08/09 $2.8M, -
Maxim Afinogenov - Buffalo - Salary 08/09 $3.5M, --
Bill Guerin - Penguins - Salary 08/09 $4.5M, --
Miro Satan - Penguins - Salary 08/09 $3.5M, ---

Marian Gaborik - Wild - Salary 08/09 $7.5M, -
Martin Havlat - Chicago - Salary 08/09 $6M, -
Daniel Sedin - Canucks - Salary 08/09 $3.76M, ++
Alex Tanguay - Montreal - Salary 08/09 $5.38M, --
Erik Cole - Carolina - Salary 08/09 $4M, --
Keith Tkachuk - Blues - Salary 08/09 $4.5M, -
Brendan Shanahan - NJ - Salary 08/09 $800k, same if he doesn't retire

List of all UFA LWers
List of all UFA RWers


Ryan McFadden said...

I don't think Gaborik is going to get his $7.5M. His best offer was probably already taken off the table with the Wild. The economy the way it is and the cap expected to shrink in the coming years, the markets changed. This is why the Rangers are going to be absolutely and 100% !@#$ed in the coming years.

While I'm on the subject, I feel for Marian Hossa. He did something very few players do, he left money on the table (a lot of money) to try and win a championship. His contract most likely won't be as big as the one the Penguins offered him.

Puck Central said...

Gaborik definitely isn't getting anywhere near $7.5M in my opinion. In fact, I am about to post some interesting news from around the NHL in my next post and there's a link to an article today where Minnesota says they are trying to sign him to a short-term deal. The only way he gets that money IMO is if he stays in Minnesota.

Also, I agree that Hossa may have screwed himself and I respect what he did. At the same time, I find it hard to feel sorry for a guy that made more money this year than I'll make in my entire life :)