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05-26-2009, 11:12 PM
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Top 10 UFA defensemen?

Who would you consider the most coveted UFA defensemen come July 1? (assume no one has been signed)

No order:
Beauchemin
Bouwmeester
Komisarek
Zanon
Oduya
Morris
Mara
Scuderi
Ohlund
Kalinin

(I thought about Niedermayer, but I believe he will retire)

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05-26-2009, 11:23 PM
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Komisarek
Oduya
Ohlund
Beauchemin
Morris
Mara
Zanon
Scuderi
Kalinin

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alot of shut down d-men on the ufa list

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05-26-2009, 11:37 PM
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Bouwmeester
Komisarek
Ohlund
Beauchemin
Oduya
Zanon
Kalinin
Blake
Mara
Scuderi

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05-26-2009, 11:40 PM
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I think Kalinin will play in KHL next year.

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Niedermayer and Zubov are in the same boat, I think.

At least, in terms of aging UFA blueliners pondering retirement.

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1. Jay Bouwmeester
2. Scott Niedermayer
3. Mike Komisarek
4. Mattias Ohlund
5. Adrian Aucoin
6. Dennis Seidenberg
7. Francois Beauchemin
8. Johnny Oduya
9. Jaroslav Spacek
10. Martin Skoula

I expect Blake and Zubov to retire or return to their current clubs.

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I think Leopold makes the list. He has always had the tools but never seemed to completley put it together. Still, he is a very good dman.

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05-27-2009, 12:05 AM
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Niedermayer won't retire, he is still elite and wants to play in Van for the Olympics.

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10. Martin Skoula

Really? Skoula? Easily one of the worse defensemen in the league. I wouldn't have him on my team, if he paid us.


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Who would you consider the most coveted UFA defensemen come July 1? (assume no one has been signed)

No order:
Beauchemin
Bouwmeester
Komisarek
Zanon
Oduya
Morris
Mara
Scuderi
Ohlund
Kalinin

(I thought about Niedermayer, but I believe he will retire)
Spacek over Kalinin and you have my list. Kalinin has done nothing to prove himself over Jaro.

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Spacek should be getting a lot more love on this thread and Kalinin is garbage.

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05-27-2009, 02:56 AM
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Niedermayer (1 x 6.50M) - ANA or VAN
Bouwmeester (7 x 6.75M) - VAN or EDM (if Gilbert traded)
Komisarek (5 x 5.00M) - NYI, MTL, PHI, or TOR
Ohlund (4 x 5.00M) - NYR, FLA, or TOR
Blake (1 x 5.00M) - SJ or ANA (if Niedermayer, Beauchemin leave)
Zubov (1 x 5.00M) - DAL
Beauchemin (5 x 4.25M) - ANA or MTL
Morris (5 x 4.00M) - FLA or CGY (if cap space cleared)
Spacek (3 x 3.50M) - BUF
Leopold (5 x 4.00M) - MIN
Schneider (1 x 4.50M) - MTL
Oduya (5 x 3.25M) - NJ

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05-27-2009, 02:59 AM
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Really? Skoula? Easily one of the worse defensemen in the league. I wouldn't have him on my team, if he paid us.
Well, people were putting Scuderi and Zanon in their top 10 lists, so I figured I'd do something just as outlandish.

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Kalinin is just so awful. If he's one of the ten best UFA defensemen than this is the worst crop of UFA defensemen in recent history.

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Niedermayer (1 x 6.50M) - ANA or VAN
Bouwmeester (7 x 6.75M) - VAN or EDM (if Gilbert traded)
Komisarek (5 x 5.00M) - NYI, MTL, PHI, or TOR
Ohlund (4 x 5.00M) - NYR, FLA, or TOR
Blake (1 x 5.00M) - SJ or ANA (if Niedermayer, Beauchemin leave)
Zubov (1 x 5.00M) - DAL
Beauchemin (5 x 4.25M) - ANA or MTL
Morris (5 x 4.00M) - FLA or CGY (if cap space cleared)
Spacek (3 x 3.50M) - BUF
Leopold (5 x 4.00M) - MIN
Schneider (1 x 4.50M) - MTL
Oduya (5 x 3.25M) - NJ
These numbers are freakin' crazy. Beauch at 4.25M for 5 years?! Wowza, that ranks up there with the Finger contract in laughability.

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These numbers are freakin' crazy. Beauch at 4.25M for 5 years?! Wowza, that ranks up there with the Finger contract in laughability.
No doubt. With the cap potentially decreasing and the economy far from recovery, anyone putside top-tier players will be hard pressed to find long term, big-buck contracts.

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1. Jay Bouwmeester
2. Scott Niedermayer
3. Mike Komisarek
4. Mattias Ohlund
5. Adrian Aucoin
6. Dennis Seidenberg
7. Francois Beauchemin
8. Johnny Oduya
9. Jaroslav Spacek
10. Martin Skoula

I expect Blake and Zubov to retire or return to their current clubs.
That list is problably 90% accurate. The only player that doesn't belong is Martin Skoula, he should be replaced by Nick Boynton or Derek Morris.

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These numbers are freakin' crazy. Beauch at 4.25M for 5 years?! Wowza, that ranks up there with the Finger contract in laughability.
I agree the numbers are crazy - but every year, many GMs do something crazy and unexpected!

The cap uncertainty will have an affect, but it won't be as big as some think, and we'll still see some wild contracts.

There will still be many 4-5+ year deals.

Say the Ducks lose Niedermayer or the Habs lose Komisarek, they will be under tons of pressure to make a move instead of walking away from free agency empty handed.

Beauchemin doesn't deserve 4.25M, but someone will be crazy enough to overpay. Also, it won't be 4.25M from Anaheim if Niedermayer re-signs.

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That list is problably 90% accurate. The only player that doesn't belong is Martin Skoula, he should be replaced by Nick Boynton or Derek Morris.
I completely forgot about Morris, but Boynton wouldn't even sniff my top ten. He's down there with Zanon, Scuderi, and Semenov.

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People who have Aucoin, Seidenberg, Morris, Spacek, Leopold etc above a guy like Oduya really lose their credibility.

I really don't think people have watched Johnny Oduya play when they put together lists like that. Oduya is A LOT better than what some people here think.

Besides guys like J-Bo, Niedermayer, Komisarek....Oduya is THE guy you want.

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People who have Aucoin, Seidenberg, Morris, Spacek, Leopold etc above a guy like Oduya really lose their credibility.

I really don't think people have watched Johnny Oduya play when they put together lists like that. Oduya is A LOT better than what some people here think.

Besides guys like J-Bo, Niedermayer, Komisarek....Oduya is THE guy you want.
Says the Devils fan. Oduya is great though. I'd put Leopold and probably Morris over him nonetheless.

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Says the Devils fan. Oduya is great though. I'd put Leopold and probably Morris over him nonetheless.
Yeah, says the Devils fan who knows how good he is and that other GMs will be flocking around him come July 1.

It's gonna be tough for the Devils to keep him, but that's just because he's an awesome d-man that teams value much higher than guys like Leopold and Morris.

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Really? Skoula? Easily one of the worse defensemen in the league. I wouldn't have him on my team, if he paid us.
While I wouldn't put him on the top 10, he's not one of the "worse" defensemen in the league by any means.

I know he was the favorite whipping boy up here in Minny a few years ago because of his propensity to commit terrible turnovers coming out of his own zone, but he has shored that up recently and is a solid minute eating shutdown d with good size and isn't afraid to use it.

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