I'm guessing Sullivan is waiting on the Parise situation. It could be the Pens will bring Sullivan back only if they miss out on Parise. They could probably get both Semin and Sullivan for a smaller cap hit.
Maloney makes smart trades when stupid teams make mistakes on July 1st.
This 100%. As rotten as it is to see Whitney (and Doan?) leave only because of the ownership situation, we have not been a team to jump on premium name UFA's under DM.
This year we already got Michalek for scraps because Pittsburgh is just planning on going out and making a mistake. Think about the teams that are already squeezed for cash and are going to need room after they sign someone. Would we be interested at this point in an overpaid Frolik and a decent prospect from Chicago at under market value, or Connelly/Lombardi from Toronto for a song, for example? I think we would.
Jokinen now gone to the Jets. Trades it is. I hope.
I still like the idea of getting Hemsky to replace Whitney provided it's not at the expense of OEL, Yandle, Klesla, Z, Gormley or Rundblad. That said, if they can't retain Doan, nothing else will really matter. I just don't see the team performing well without Doan at the helm.
I don't think we're going to see any young forwards making the jump this year. I'd love to be surprised, but ...
With that in mind, looking only at UFA and not trades, who do we fill out the roster with? In no particular order of preference.
"Dumpster diving" to fill out the roster:
Brule -- I'd like to see him back. Great hustle and offensive instincts, will have to improve positionally to get more minutes.
Pyatt -- Looked great in the playoffs. Where was he before that?
Older guys who can at the least play in the league without embarrassing themselves:
Arnott -- Can still contribute in both ends. Not getting any younger.
Reinprecht -- On the decline, but a more or less known quantity. Fast, defensively responsible.
Sturm -- Coming off an injury plagued season. Like Reinprecht he's fast and defensively responsible.
Hagman -- Versatile. Streaky. Tippett connection.
Dvorak -- 4th line. PK.
Langenbrunner -- as above.
Fedotenko -- Essentially older Pyatt.
Sykora -- Scoring winger. He's used to a defensive system.
Square pegs in round holes:
A.Kostitsyn -- Wolski-esque. Likes Scottsdale. Cannot even imagine.
Eric Fehr -- Injuries, injuries have derailed his career. Shoulder injuries are always big question marks in hockey. Definite potential upside. Only 26 so there's some hope as a reclamation project. Could help Portland.
F Brunnstrom -- Flash in the pan. No defense. Could help Portland.