Thread: Value of: Star UFA's
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12-17-2008, 06:57 PM
Knight of the Realm
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Star UFA's

What are UFA's (Superstars) worth? I believe the NHL will be affected by the economy in the next few years. The cap will more than likely have to be lowered sooner than later. More and more teams are appreciating the value of drafting well and building a decent farm system in today's NHL.

My questions are:

Who actually has the ability (pieces and picks), window of opportunity, and the cap room to add a soon to be UFA star player? Will it be a buyers or sellers market?

Do you think teams are still willing to overpay a rental for a chance at the cup or will they be more wary to depart with young talent in the cap age?

What kind of trade package will it take to acquire star players? Are teams willing to give up young roster players, prospects, and draft picks for UFA's? Does salary have to go the other way in order to make a deal for a bonafide star?

What is a reasonable expectation for guys like JBow and Gaborik? Are there any other players who might get considerable attention at the trade deadline who are not getting the spotlight at this time?

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