Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 UFAs-Western Conference

I'm going to pick out a player from each team that I think is not going to be around next year. As usual, the links will take you to a card of that player at my Sportsbuy.com store.

Anaheim-Saku Koivu. I think playing with his little brother Mikko is going to entice him away from the California sun.

Calgary-Chris Higgins. He has played in the media spotlight in Montreal...a little less media pressure would probably do him some good.

Chicago-John Madden. He always sparked the Hawks and had a good presence on young team. I'd expect him to go somewhere with lots of kids (NYI or Tampa?).

Colorado-Marek Svatos. The Avs are getting younger, while Svatos is not.

Columbus-Nathan Paetsch. Serviceable, but probably won't go until July 2nd or 3rd.

Dallas-Jere Lehtinen. I have no idea which direction the Stars are looking to go in, but with not signing Modano and Turco, it's obvious that they're looking to make some changes.

Detroit-Brett Lebda. Solid d-man that will be a solid addition to any teams blue line.

Edmonton-Fernando Pisani. Not usually healthy, unfortunately. Still has some offensive ability. Might be time for a change of scenery though.

Los Angeles-Alex Frolov. Disappointing season. LA either needs to resign and find a way to motivate him, or let him move on.

Minnesota-Derek Boogaard. Word is, Pavel Datsyuk is looking forward to playing with the Boggie Man.

Nashville-Dan Ellis. Rinne outplayed him...all year. He'll find a good home eventually though.

Phoenix-Lee Stempniak. Played solid for the Yotes after being traded from Toronto. He played well after leaving that circus, but the off-season circus in Phoenix will sour him again. He walks.

San Jose-Manny Malhotra. Too bad for the Sharks. They need to retool, and I don't believe that Manny wants to be part of it. You know, go to a team that isn't cursed.

St. Louis-Paul Kariya. Reunion tour with Selanne out in Anaheim, then time to retire.

Vancouver-Kyle Wellwood. He's done well for the Canucks while there. I actually think that he will stay to play with Henrik and Daniel.

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