DA_Champion Posted January 25, 2009 Report Share Posted January 25, 2009 The complete list of 2009 Defensive UFAs is available here: http://nhlnumbers.com/freeagents.php?team=...&status=ufa The thread for offensive UFAs is here: http://forum.canadiens.com/index.php?showt...p;#entry1391644 Here are the offensive ones that stand out imho: Name Age Tm. Pos. Salary Cap Hit Beauchemin, Francois 29 ANA D UFA 1.650 1.650 Niedermayer, Scott 35 ANA D UFA 6.750 6.750 Havelid, Niclas 36 ATL D UFA 2.700 2.900 Schneider, Mathieu 40 ATL D UFA 5.625 5.750 Spacek, Jaroslav 35 BUF D UFA 3.333 3.300 Aucoin, Adrian 35 CGY D UFA 4.000 4.000 Backman, Christian 29 CLB D UFA 2.300 3.400 Leopold, Jordan 28 COL D UFA 1.500 1.500 Bouwmeester, Jay 25 FLA D UFA 4.875 4.875 Boynton, Nick 30 FLA D UFA 2.950 2.950 Bergeron, Marc-Andre 28 MIN D UFA 1.116 1.691 Komisarek, Mike 27 MTL D UFA 1.700 1.900 Koistinen, Ville 27 NAS D UFA 0.700 0.700 Kuba, Filip 32 OTT D UFA 3.000 3.000 Morris, Derek 30 PHX D UFA 3.917 3.950 Ohlund, Mattias 32 VAN D UFA 3.500 3.500 Semenov, Alexei 28 SJS D UFA 0.650 0.650 The habs have the following players signed through the end of next season: Player - Cap Hit Andrei Markov - 5.75 Roman Hamrlik - 5.5 Josh Gorges - 1.1 Ryan O'Byrne - 0.94 Matthieu Carle - 0.635 Yannick Weber- 0.613 My Conclusion: We badly need to resign Komisarek. If we don't resign Komisarek there are a few comparable players on that list, but the competition will be fierce. JayBo is top of this year's class, but after that it looks like Komo is tied for second. Judging by what happened to Wade Redden, Brian Campbell who are two comparables, JayBo could receive something like 8 years, 60 million dollar offers... maybe less as the effective cap space* is declining substantially next year. We may need to overpay Komisarek (e.g. 5 years 26 million), as we will either have to overpay for someone or have our D decline in quality. If one looks at the thread on D-men here: http://forum.canadiens.com/index.php?showtopic=22116 We would benefit from signing one of the solid but not necessarily elite-D to a 3 year contract, e.g. Christian Backman, Francois Beauchemin, Jordan Leopold, Nick Boynton, or Filip Kuba... Actually looking at Kuba's stats he is having an excellent season (36 GP, 25 points and +10 on a bad team) so he will likely carry a heavy price tag next year. All of those guys are listed as being at least 6 feet which if true would be good for our small team. Alternatively we could resign 1 of of the mediocre 3 (Brisebois, Dandeneault, Bouillon) to a 1-year contract and hope for the best from our prospects or the 2010 UFA crop. That option is riskier but has a bigger long-term potential to benefit the team in my opinion. We could also try Shawn Belle. *Effective cap space means the cap space the teams have to expand their rosters by, in previous years cap was expanding by 7 million per year, and now it will likely decline by about 2 million, which means an average differential of 9 million in how teams can shop for new UFAs to add to their roster. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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