2011 Unrestricted NHL Free Agents



Here is a look at 2011 unrestricted NHL free agents, and the contracts they have signed. We’ll continue to update our NHL free agent page. Also check out our Top 25 UFAs and each teams restricted free agents.

Centers | Left Wingers | Right Wingers | Defenseman | Goaltenders

Centers – 2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Team Age 2010-11 Cap # Notes
Brad Richards Dallas Stars 30 $7,800,000 Signed with the Rangers. 9 years, $60 million
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks 30 $7,200,000 Re-signed with the Sharks. 3 years, $21 million.
Chris Drury New York Rangers   $7,050,000  
Michael Nylander Washington Capitals 37 $4,875,000  
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins 24 $4,750,000 Re-signed with the Bruins. 3 years, $15 million.
Tim Connolly Buffalo Sabres 29 $4,500,000 Signed with the Maple Leafs. 2 years, $9.75 million
Jason Arnott Washington Capitals 35 $4,500,000 Signed with the Blues. 1 year, $2.5 million, cap hit of $2.875 million.
Michal Handzus Los Angeles Kings 33 $4,000,000 Signed with the Sharks. 2 years, $5 million
Tomas Fleischmann Colorado Avalanche 26 $2,600,000 Signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $18 million
David Backes St. Louis Blues 26 $2,500,000 Re-signed with the Blues, 5 years, $22.5 million.
Todd White New York Rangers 35 $2,375,000  
Vaclav Prospal New York Rangers 35 $2,100,000 Signed with the Blue Jackets. 1 year, $2.5 million
Brooks Laich Washington Capitals 27 $2,067,000 Re-signed with the Capitals. 6 years, $27 million.
Chad LaRose Carolina Hurricanes 28 $1,700,000 Re-signed with the Hurricanes. 2 years, $3.4 million
Chris Higgins Vancouver Canucks 27 $1,600,000 Re-signed with the Canucks. 2 years, $3.8 million
Kris Draper Detroit Red Wings 39 $1,583,000  
Rob Niedermayer Buffalo Sabres 35 $1,250,000  
Mike Modano Detroit Red Wings 40 $1,250,000  
John Madden Minnesota Wild 37 $1,250,000  
Tomas Kopecky Florida Panthers 28 $1,200,000 Re-signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $12 million
Marty Reasoner Florida Panthers 33 $1,150,000 Signed with the Islanders. 2 years, $2.7 million
Todd Marchant Anaheim Ducks 36 $1,125,000  
Vernon Fiddler Phoenix Coyotes 30 $1,100,000 Signed with the Stars. 3 years, $5.4 million
Petr Prucha Phoenix Coyotes 27 $1,100,000  
Patrick Rissmiller Florida Panthers 31 $1,000,000 Signed with the Avalanche. 1 year, $525,000
Brian Sutherby Dallas Stars 28 $812,000  
Marcel Goc Nashville Predators 26 $775,000 Signed with the Panthers. 3 years, $5.1 million
Scott Nichol San Jose Sharks 35 $760,000 Signed with the Blues. 1 year, $ 600,000
Jerred Smithson Nashville Predators 31 $738,000 Re-signed with the Predators. 2 years, $1.6 million
Chris Thorburn Winnipeg Jets 27 $660,000 Re-signed with the Thrashers. 3 year, $2.6 million.
Ryan Carter Florida Panthers 26 $625,000 Re-signed with the Panthers. 1 year, $750,000
Andrew Murray Columbus Blue Jackets 28 $625,000 Signed with the Sharks. 1 year, $525,000
Ryan Shannon Ottawa Senators 27 $625,000 Signed with the Lightning. 1 year, $625,000
Jamie Lundmark Nashville Predators 29 $600,000  
Zenon Konopka New York Islanders 29 $600,000 Signed with the Senators. 1 year, $700,000
Jason Krog Winnipeg Jets 34 $550,000  
Rick Rypien Vancouver Canucks 26 $550,000 Signed with the Jets. 1 year, $700,000
Cody McCormick Buffalo Sabres 27 $500,000 Re-signed with the Sabres. 3 years, $3.6 million
Alexandre Giroux Edmonton Oilers 29 $500,000 Signed with the Blue Jackets. 1 year, $825,000
Andrew Ebbett Phoenix Coyotes 27 $500,000 Signed with the Canucks. 1 year, $525,000
Ryan Craig Pittsburgh Penguins 28 $500,000 Re-signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $525,000.
Ryan Potulny Ottawa Senators     Signed with the Capitals
Eric Belanger Phoenix Coyotes     Signed with the Oilers. 3 years, $5.25 million
Max Talbot Pittsburgh Penguins     Signed with the Flyers. 5 years, $9 million
Tim Brent Toronto Maple Leafs     Signed with the Hurricanes. 2 years, $1.5 million
Jeff Halpren Montreal Canadiens     Signed with the Capitals. 1 year, $825,000
         

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Left Wingers – 2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Team Age 2010-11 Cap # Notes
Alexander Semin Washington Capitals 26 $6,000,000 Re-signed with the Capitals. 1 year, $6.7 million.
Simon Gagne Tampa Bay Lightning 30 $5,250,000 Signed with the Kings. 2 years, $7 million
Cory Stillman Carolina Hurricanes 36 $3,533,000  
Marco Sturm Washington Capitals 31 $3,500,000 Signed with the Canucks. 1 year, $2.25 million
Alexei Ponikarovsky Los Angeles Kings 30 $3,200,000 Signed with the Hurricanes. 1 year, $1.5 million
Alexander Frolov New York Rangers 28 $3,000,000  
Erik Cole Carolina Hurricanes 31 $2,900,000 Signed with the Canadiens. 4 years, $18 million
Sergei Samsonov Florida Panthers 31 $2,533,000  
Matt Moulson New York Islanders 26 $2,450,000 Re-signed with the Islanders. 3 years, $9.4 million.
Antti Miettinen Minnesota Wild 29 $2,333,000 Signed with AK Bars of the KHL
Andrew Brunette Minnesota Wild 36 $2,333,000 Signed with the Blackhawks. 1 year, $2 million
Ethan Moreau Columbus Blue Jackets 34 $2,000,000  
Nikolai Zherdev Philadelphia Flyers 25 $2,000,000  
Jussi Jokinen Carolina Hurricanes 27 $1,700,000 Re-signed with the Hurricanes. 3 years, $9 million
Alex Tanguay Calgary Flames 30 $1,700,000 Re-signed with the Flames, 5 years, $17.5 million.
Donald Brashear Winnipeg Jets 38 $1,400,000  
Pascal Dupuis Pittsburgh Penguins 31 $1,400,000 Re-signed with the Penguins. 2 years, $3 million.
Jarkko Ruutu Anaheim Ducks 34 $1,300,000  
Curtis Glencross Calgary Flames 27 $1,200,000 Re-signed with the Flames. 4 years, $10.2 million.
Aaron Voros Toronto Maple Leafs 28 $1,000,000  
Ryan Jones Edmonton Oilers 26 $975,000 Re-signed with the Oilers. 2 years, $3 million.
Ben Eager San Jose Sharks 26 $965,000 Signed with the Oilers. 3 years, $3.3 million
Ville Leino Philadelphia Flyers 26 $800,000 Signed with the Sabres. 4 years, $18 million
Darcy Hordichuk Florida Panthers 29 $775,000 Signed with the Oilers. 1 year, $800,000
Brad Winchester Anaheim Ducks 29 $700,000  
Eric Boulton Winnipeg Jets 33 $650,000 Signed with the Devils. 2 years, $1.325 million.
Drew Miller Detroit Red Wings 26 $650,000 Re-signed with the Red Wings. 2 years, $1.65 million
Jon Sim New York Islanders 32 $650,000  
Tanner Glass Vancouver Canucks 26 $625,000 Signed with the Jets. 1 year, $750,000
David Koci Colorado Avalanche 29 $575,000  
Jeff Taffe Chicago Blackhawks 29 $550,000 Signed with the Wild. 1 year, $600,000
Chris Durno Tampa Bay Lightning 29 $550,000 Signed with the Hurricanes. 1 year, $525,000
Steve MacIntyre Edmonton Oilers 29 $500,000 Signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $600,000
Mathieu Darche Montreal Canadiens 33 $500,000 Re-signed with the Canadiens. 1 year, $700,000.
Jeff Tambellini Vancouver Canucks 26 $500,000 Re-signed with the Canucks
Sean Bergenheim Tampa Bay Lightning 26 $700,000 Signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $11 million
Raffi Torres Vancouver Canucks     Signed with the Coyotes. 2 years, $3.5 million
Josh Green Anaheim Ducks     Signed with the Oilers. 1 year
         

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Right Wingers – 2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Team Age 2010-11 Cap # Notes
Alexei Kovalev Pittsburgh Penguins 37 $5,000,000 Signed a 2 year deal with Atlant of the KHL
Teemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks 40 $4,500,000  
Michael Ryder Boston Bruins 30 $4,000,000 Signed with the Stars. 2 years, $7 million
Steve Sullivan Nashville Predators 35 $3,750,000 Signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $1.5 million
Justin Williams Los Angeles Kings 28 $3,500,000 Re-signed with the Kings. 4 years, $14.6 million.
Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 34 $3,000,000 Re-signed with the Avalanche. 1 year, $2.6 million. Up to $3 million with bonuses.
Radim Vrbata Phoenix Coyotes 29 $3,000,000 Re-signed with the Coyotes. 3 years, $9 million
Jamie Langenbrunner Dallas Stars 34 $2,800,000 Signed with the Blues. 1 year, $2.5 million
Mike Knuble Washington Capitals 37 $2,800,000 Signed with the Capitals. 1 year, $2 million
Chris Clark Columbus Blue Jackets 34 $2,633,000  
Chuck Kobasew Minnesota Wild 28 $2,333,000 Signed with the Avalanche. 2 years, $2.5 million
Scottie Upshall Columbus Blue Jackets 26 $2,250,000 Signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $14 million
Mark Recchi Boston Bruins 42 $1,950,000 Retired
Radek Dvorak Winnipeg Jets 33 $1,700,000 Signed with the Stars. 1 year, $1.5 million
Mike Grier Buffalo Sabres 35 $1,500,000  
Joel Ward Nashville Predators 29 $1,500,000 Signed with the Capitals. 4 years, $12 million
Matt Bradley Washington Capitals 32 $1,000,000 Signed with the Panthers. 2 years, $1.9 million
Michael Rupp Pittsburgh Penguins 30 $825,000 Signed with the Rangers. 3 years, $4.5 million
Boyd Gordon Washington Capitals 26 $800,000 Signed with the Coyotes. 2 years, $2.65 million
Patrick Eaves Detroit Red Wings 26 $750,000 Re-signed with the Red Wings. 3 years, $3.6 million
Eric Godard Pittsburgh Penguins 30 $750,000 Signed with the Stars. 2 years, $1.45 million
Fredrik Sjostrom Toronto Maple Leafs 27 $750,000  
Jonas Andersson Nashville Predators 29 $675,000  
Jamal Mayers San Jose Sharks 35 $600,000 Signed with the Blackhawks. 1 year, $550,000
Cam Janssen St. Louis Blues 26 $600,000 Signed with the Devils. 1 year, $525,000
Adam Hall Tampa Bay Lightning 29 $600,000 Re-signed with the Lightning. 1 year, $600,000.
Wade Belak Nashville Predators 33 $575,000  
Brandon Segal Dallas Stars 26 $550,000  
Craig Adams Pittsburgh Penguins 33 $550,000 Re-signed with the Penguins. 2 years, $1.35 million.
Tyler Kennedy Pittsburgh Penguins   $550,000 Re-signed with the Penguins. 2 years, $4 million
Pat Dwyer Carolina Hurricanes 27 $500,000 Re-signed with the Hurricanes. 2 years, $1.25 million
Chris Bourque       Signed with the Capitals. 1 year, $1 million
Ruslan Fedotenko New York Rangers     Re-signed with the Rangers. 1 year, $1.4 million
Matt D’Agostini St. Louis Blues     Re-signed with the Blues. 2 years, $2.3 million
Jaromir Jagr KHL     Signed with the Flyers. 1 year, $3.3 million
Matt Mancari Buffalo Sabres     Signed with the Canucks. 1 year, $525,000
Nicklas Bergfors Floria Panthers 24 900,000 Signed with the Predators. 1 year, $575,000
Steve Pinizzotto Washington Capitals     Signed with the Canucks. 1 year, $600,000
Jason Williams Dallas Stars 30 500,000 Signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $600,000
         

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Defenseman – 2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Team Age 2010-11 Cap # Notes
Ed Jovanovski Phoenix Coyotes 34 $6,500,000 Signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $16.5 million
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 40 $6,200,000 Re-signed with the Red Wings. 1 year, $6.2 million.
Bryan McCabe New York Rangers 35 $5,750,000  
Andrei Markov Montreal Canadiens 31 $5,750,000 Re-signed with the Canadiens. 3 years, $17.25 million.
Roman Hamrlik Montreal Canadiens 36 $5,500,000 Signed with the Capitals. 2 years, $7 million
Sheldon Souray Edmonton Oilers   $5,200,000 Signed with the Stars. 1 year, $1.65 million
Scott Hannan Washington Capitals 31 $4,500,000  
Eric Brewer Tampa Bay Lightning 31 $4,250,000 Re-signed with the Lightning. 4 years, $15.4 million.
Tomas Kaberle Boston Bruins 32 $4,250,000 Signed with the Hurricanes. 3 years, $12.75 million.
Joni Pitkanen Carolina Hurricanes 26 $4,000,000 Re-signed with the Hurricanes. 3 years, $13.5 million
Kevin Bieksa Vancouver Canucks 29 $3,750,000 Re-signed with the Canucks. 5 years, $23 million.
Craig Rivet Columbus Blue Jackets 35 $3,500,000  
Chris Phillips Ottawa Senators 32 $3,500,000 Re-signed with the Senators. 3 years, $9.25 million.
Sami Salo Vancouver Canucks 35 $3,500,000 Re-signed with the Canucks. 1 year, $2 million
James Wisniewski Montreal Canadiens 26 $3,250,000 Signed with the Blue Jackets. 6 years, $33 million.
Christian Ehrhoff Vancouver Canucks 27 $3,100,000 Signed with the Sabres. 10 years, $40 million.
Cam Barker Minnesota Wild     Signed with the Oilers. 1 year, $2.25 million
Ian White San Jose Sharks 26 $3,000,000 Signed with the Red Wings. 2 years, $5.75 million
Tom Preissing Colorado Avalanche 31 $2,750,000 Signed to play in the Swiss Natrional League.
Steve Staios Calgary Flames 36 $2,700,000  
Niclas Wallin San Jose Sharks 35 $2,500,000 Signs with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League
Brent Sopel Winnipeg Jets 33 $2,333,000 Signed in KHL
Trevor Daley Dallas Stars 26 $2,300,000 Re-signed with the Stars. 6 years, $19.8 million.
Jim Vandermeer Edmonton Oilers 30 $2,300,000 Signed with the Sharks. 1 year, $1 million
Hal Gill Montreal Canadiens 35 $2,250,000 Re-signed with the Canadiens. 1 year, $2.25 million.
Jan Hejda Columbus Blue Jackets 32 $2,000,000 Signed with the Avalanche. 4 years, $13 million
Kent Huskins San Jose Sharks 31 $1,700,000 Signed with the Blues. 1 year, $1 million
Mark Stuart Winnipeg Jets 26 $1,675,000 Re-signed with the Thrashers. 3 years, $5.1 million.
Shane O’Brien Nashville Predators 26 $1,600,000 Signed with the Avalanche. 1 year, $1.1 million
Steve Montador Chicago Blackhawks 30 $1,550,000 Re-signed with the Blackhawks. 4 years, $11 million
Radek Martinek New York Islanders 33 $1,500,000 Signed with the Blue Jackets
Anton Babchuk Calgary Flames 26 $1,400,000 Re-signed with the Flames. 2 years, $5 million
Chris Campoli Chicago Blackhawks 26 1,400,000  
Karlis Skrastins Dallas Stars 35 $1,375,000 Signed with Lokomotiv of the KHL. 1 year, $2,178,900
Adam Foote Colorado Avalanche 38 $1,250,000 Retired
John Erskine Washington Capitals 30 $1,250,000  
Steve Eminger New York Rangers 26 $1,125,000 Signed with the Rangers.
Andrew Alberts Vancouver Canucks 28 $1,050,000 Re-signed with the Canucks. 2 years, $2.45 million
Brad Lukowich Dallas Stars 33 $1,000,000 Re-signed with the Stars. 1 year, $1 million
Milan Jurcina New York Islanders 27 $1,000,000 Re-signed with the Islanders. 1 year, $1.6 million.
Sean O’Donnell Philadelphia Flyers 38 $1,000,000 Signed with the Blackhawks. 1 year, $850,000
Jonathan Ericsson Detroit Red Wings 26 $900,000 Re-signed with the Red Wings. 3 years, $9.75 million
Ruslan Salei Detroit Red Wings 35 $750,000  
Andy Greene New Jersey Devils 27 $738,000 Re-signed with the Devils. 4 years, $12 million
Jason Strudwick Edmonton Oilers 34 $725,000  
Adam Pardy Calgary Flames 26 $700,000 Signed with the Stars. 2 years, $4 million
David Hale Ottawa Senators 29 $675,000  
Jeff Woywitka Dallas Stars 26 $650,000  
Alexander Sulzer Florida Panthers 26 $650,000 Signed with the Canucks
Jordan Hendry Chicago Blackhawks 26 $600,000  
Peter Harrold Los Angeles Kings 27 $583,000  
Nathan Paetsch Florida Panthers 27 $525,000 Signed with EHC Wolfsburg of the German DEL
Jay Harrison Carolina Hurricanes 27 $500,000 Re-signs with the Hurricanes. 2 years
Staffan Kronwall Calgary Flames 27 $500,000  
Derek Meech Detroit Red Wings 26 $500,000 Signed with the Jets. 1 year, $700,000
Clay Wilson Florida Panthers 27 $500,000  
Rob Davison New Jersey Devils 30 $500,000  
Jay Leach New Jersey Devils 30 $500,000 Re-signed with the Devils. 1 year, $525,000
Randy Jones San Jose Sharks     Signed with the Jets. 1 year, $1.15 million
Corey Potter Pittsburgh Penguins     Signed with the Oilers. 1 year
Mike Commodore Columbus Blue Jackets     Signed with the Wings. 1 year, $1 million
Andreas Lilja Anaheim Ducks     Signed with the Flyers. 1 year, $750,000
Marc-Andre Bergeron Tampa Bay Lightning     Re-signed with the Lightning. 2 years, $2 million
Sami Lepisto Columbus Blue Jackets     Signed with the Blackhawks. 1 year, $750,000

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Goaltenders – 2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Team Age 2010-11 Cap # Notes
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Toronto Maple Leafs 33 $6,000,000 Signed with the Avalanche. 2 years, $2.5 million
Tomas Vokoun Florida Panthers 33 $5,700,000 Signed with the Capitals. 1 year, $1.5 million
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix Coyotes 30 $4,250,000 Signed with the Flyers. 9 years, $51.5 million.
Pascal Leclaire Ottawa Senators 27 $3,800,000  
Dwayne Roloson Tampa Bay Lightning 40 $2,500,000 Re-signed with the Lightning. 1 year, $3 million
Mike Smith Tampa Bay Lightning 28 $2,200,000 Signed with the Coyotes. 2 years, $4 million
Craig Anderson Ottawa Senators 29 $1,812,000 Re-signed with the Senators. 4 years, $12.75 million.
Johan Hedberg New Jersey Devils 37 $1,500,000 Re-signed with the Devils. 1 year, $1.25 million
Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 37 $1,417,000 Retired
Marty Turco Chicago Blackhawks 34 $1,300,000  
Ty Conklin St. Louis Blues 34 $1,300,000 Signed with the Red Wings. 1 year, $750,000
Peter Budaj Colorado Avalanche 27 $1,250,000 Signed with the Canadiens.2 years, $2.3 million
Mathieu Garon Columbus Blue Jackets 32 $1,200,000 Signed with the Lightning. 2 years, $2.6 million
Josh Harding Minnesota Wild 26 $1,200,000 Re-signed with the Wild. 1 year, $750,000
Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers Edmonton Oilers 26 $1,050,000  
Alex Auld Montreal Canadiens 29 $1,000,000 Signed with the Senators. 1 year, $1 million
Jason Labarbera Phoenix Coyotes 30 $1,000,000 Re-signed with the Coyotes. 2 years, $2.5 million.
Brian Elliott Colorado Avalanche     Signed with the Blues. 2 years, $1.2 million
Brian Boucher Philadelphia Flyers 33 $925,000 Signed with the Hurricanes. 2 years, $1.9 million
Erik Ersberg Los Angeles Kings 28 $750,000 Playing in the KHL
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 26 $717,000 Re-signed with the Red Wings. 2 years, $4.5 million.
Patrick Lalime Buffalo Sabres 35 $600,000 Retired
Curtis McElhinney Ottawa Senators 27 $535,000 Signed with the Coyotes. 1 year, $625,000
Henrik Karlsson Calgary Flames 26 $500,000 Re-signs with the Flames. 2 years, $1.725 million.
Curtis Sanford Montreal Canadiens     Signed with the Blue Jackets. 1 year, $600,000
Jose Theodore Minnesota Wild     Signed with the Coyotes. 2 years, $3 million
Ray Emery Anaheim Ducks 28 $500,000 Signed a tryout deal with the Blackhawks

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  1. #1 by alex at July 5th, 2011

    the olympics are awesome how can you call them gay what are you thinking how could you say that.OLYMPICS RULE

  2. #2 by Joey Biase at July 7th, 2011

    The New York Rangers must re-sign D-Man Bryan McCabe ASAP! McCabe was the hear-and-soul of the Rangers defense. The Rangers defense is nothing but a group full of gutless wimps who can’t play defense and who don’t fight for their teammates. Bryan McCabe has been the best thing for the Rangers defense since Barry “Bubba” Beck, and was the reason why the Raners even made it to the playoffs, but now they’re going to let McCabe go to the UFA market due to the fact that they have the jones for Brad Richards (who I see becoming the next Big-Buck flop for the Rangers)?!?!?!? James Dolan has to acquire someone who would focus on the Rangers needs instead of acquiring the next Big-Buck Flop (Chris Drury (who was, is, and always will be, the worst captain in Rangers history), Wade Redden, Marian Gaborik, just to name a few). McCabe is a need for the Rangers, Richards is not!!!!!! Thanks for your time and God Bless you.

  3. #3 by Michael at July 8th, 2011

    i thought that Niklas Lidstrom was suppose to retire after they lost to the San Jose Sharks in the Semi-Finals

  4. #4 by Michael at July 8th, 2011

    rn hop not every Captain that has lifted the cup above their was Canadian. Zdeno Chara is from Slovakia and Niklas Lidstrom is from Europe.

  5. #5 by Boston Sports Insider at July 8th, 2011

    well guys i’ve been reading page one and some of page 2 and 3′s comments and B. Richards wouuld never want to go to the leafs no offense but Kessel just wanted to leave Boston and since the Leafs were doing so horrible he just wanted to get attention + Kaberle should retire in his 3 year contract with Carolina because he can’t score a goal unlike Boychuk with his Johnny Rocket he got at least 3 goals.on the sports news channels he only scored one goal and they play it over and over again from different views

  6. #6 by alex at July 9th, 2011

    lidstrom is from sweden. I know he’s from europe but you should say sweden if you said slovakia for chara cuz lidstrom is way better

  7. #7 by mike s at July 17th, 2011

    Hey joey,

    The signing of Brad Richards was a great move by the Rangers, they needed to make that move over trying to re-sign McCabe. McCabe was brought in to improve the PP and he didn’t do that. McCabe made over $5 mil last season and the Rangers would be crazy to re-sign him for anything near that amount. The rest of the defense core (Staal, Girardi, Sauer and McDonagh) all out played McCabe down the stretch once he was acquired. I don’t know what team you are looking at, but this made the playoffs (93 pts), despite only averaging 2.73 goals per game and producing only a 16.9% on the PP. They have a solid young defense core and have 2-3 other D-Man in the farm system coming up. This team is at least 10 points better with the additions of Richards and Rupp. I do see them acquiring a veteran D-man, but it won’t be McCabe at that price. Maybe if McCabe agrees on a 1 year deal for $1.5 mil, then it would work. Please clean your lenses and start seeing what everyone is seeing and that is that the Rangers are getting closer to becoming a legit stanley cup contender.

  8. #8 by Jeff at July 17th, 2011

    And you didnt even mention all of their great young forwards! Dubinsky, Stepan, Boyle, Callahan, etc.

  9. #9 by Jeff at July 17th, 2011

    Didnt Jason Arnott sign already? Not reflected above.

  10. #10 by Joey at July 17th, 2011

    Jeff,
    I actually watched the Rangers games, and I hate to tell you this, but Staal, Girardi, Sauer, and McDonaugh did NOT outplay McCabe. McCabe was the only defenseman who did not make any defensive errors while the others did (how many times did we see Lundqvist yell at that worthless goofball Staal for screening him?). Plus, McCabe was the physical presence that the Rangers defense desperatley needed, (and still needs now that McCabe is a UFA). Also, McCabe plays a smart, positional game, blocks shots, possesses a great deal of leadership on D, & fights for his teammates, so actually, I see alot more than the average US Hockey fan (believe me, the US fans don’t see much). With the defense the Rangers have now, the Rangers won’t become a legit Stanley Cup contender (you made yourself sound like an ass making that comment) only a legit 1st round flop. By the way, I like Callahan, & Stephan, Dubinsky is good, Boyle is a 6’8″ pretty-boy not worth the contract he was given. Sean Avery is my favorite though, and I wish that the Rangers drafted Kyle Beach.

  11. #11 by Jeff at July 17th, 2011

    Not sure what you are talking about, or why i made an ass out of myself. I didnt say anything about McCabe or the Rangers being Cup Contenders.

    Thanks anyway.

  12. #12 by mike s at July 18th, 2011

    Hey Joey,

    So you claim that McCabe outplayed Staal, Girardi, Sauer and McDonagh. You also quoted “Also, McCabe plays a smart, positional game, blocks shots, possesses a great deal of leadership on D, & fights for his teammates” Below are stats from last season just how well McCabe did compared to the other four.

    **McCabe had the following:

    A -1 rating/72 blocked shots/86 hits.

    **Staal had the following:
    A +8 rating/109 blocked shots/140 hits and also made the All-Star team.

    **Girardi had the following:
    A +7 rating/236 blocked shots/ 195 hits

    **Sauer had the following:
    A +20 rating/96 blocked shots/78 hits as a rookie.

    **McDonagh had the following:
    A +16 rating in just 40 games/69 blocked shots/56 hits.

    So based on the stats from last season, your comment and statement doesn’t have any support. I do agree that McCabe did display leadership and the Rangers could use that, but not for the amount of money he made last season or even for $2 mil. The fact that your favorite player is Avery explains alot and clarifies your writing skills. Based on your posts, you don’t sound like a Rangers fan. If you are, then you are such a Debbie Downer. Next time you want to make a point, try to support it with actually facts and stats, because you look like a real ass.

  13. #13 by Joey at July 21st, 2011

    Hey Mike (I apologize Jeff),
    OK Mike, then can you kindly explain to me, before the Rangers acquired McCabe, they were in 10th place or so (the places were fluctuating before the trade deadline, but the Rangers were playing like shit), but when the Rangers acquired McCabe, the Rangers went 8 wins-1 horrible loss to the Thrashers, and made the playoffs (I don’t look like a real ass after all, huh Mike)? Plus, McCabe played in 9 games for the Rangers, and he played awesome in those 9 games (5 of them with a busted jaw)!
    Yeah, I’m an Avery fan, what’s wrong with that? Obviously you’re not, and that explains what type of Hockey fan you are (the Disney On Ice, Ice Breakers from Slap Shot 2, and/or Figure Skating type). Also, I’ve been watching the Rangers since Nick Fotiu and Barry “Bubba” Beck (who happen to be my all-time favorite Rangers) played for the team and was at game 7 in 1994, but I really don’t need to prove myself to you.
    Now I do agree with you 100% on these issues, I would like to see McCabe pull a Vokun with the Rangers for a 2 year, $3 million deal, and Sauer can develope into a poor-man’s Lyle Odelein, but the rest of the D I’m not a fan of, especially Staal who got rocked like a hurricane by Alexander Semin and turtled up to Semin’s fury of sissy-slaps (watch the Staal vs Semin fight on U-Tube, it’s beyond pathetic), and ever since then, I lost a ton of respect for Staal.
    I appreciate your fast response, and I apologize for not responding to you right away (I do have a life, no need to go into exact details). I apologize for you to think that I’m a Debbie Downer, but I’m not, I’m just being realistic.
    McCabe gave the Rangers a presence (along with the leadership the D desperatley needed) on their defense, and Sauer is a keeper who can learn alot from McCabe. But the rest of the D is far from a presence, no matter what the stats say, and playing against such teams like the Capitals (Ovechkin and “Staal’s Maker” Semin), Penguins (Crosby, Malkin, and J. Staal), Bruins (who are a team of toughness), Devils (Kovalchuk, Parise), etc., the Rangers need some physical presences and leadership on their D, and in my opinion, McCabe is a perfect fit.

  14. #14 by Joey at July 21st, 2011

    Again Jeff, I apologize. God Bless ya.

  15. #15 by alex at July 22nd, 2011

    staal is better then mccabe because staal is younger and is great at hitting.

  16. #16 by mike s at July 24th, 2011

    Joey,

    I will refrain from any name calling and/or insults and just make a couple of points. If McCabe is so valuable as you stated, then why hasn’t any team signed him yet? In your opinion, the Rangers D-man are shakey and will have trouble with teams like the Caps, Penquins, Bruins and Devils, then how did this team manage to record 93 points last season and make the playoffs? (please don’t credit McCabe). By adding Richards and Rupp, The Rangers are at least 10 points better than last season. I believe the Rangers feel that Pavel Valentenko will emerge and become a fixture on the Defense 3rd pairing, with possibly Erixon. Which is why we haven’t seen the Rangers sign any veteran defenseman yet. Again, you are so down on this team despite a 93 point season last year. What makes you think that the Caps, Penquins, Bruins and Devils will be any better. According to Docsports website, Last season, the Rangers had a combined record against these four teams of 16-6 during the regular season. So being down on this team doesn’t make sense. I’m not going to say it’s going to be easy for this team, but in my opinion, the Rangers are putting themselves in a very good position to be a successful team that will contend for the Stanley Cup in the next 2-5 years.

  17. #17 by Joey at August 4th, 2011

    Hey Alex,
    No offense to you Alex, but Staal is NOT better than McCabe. In my opinion, McCabe was the reason why the Rangers even made it to the playoffs last season. Yes, Staal is younger, but he is in no way a better hitter than McCabe. Also, McCabe is one of the best fighters in the NHL. Staal is Semin’s bitch who possesses a glass-jaw, and turtled up to Semin’s fury of sissy-slaps (please watch it on U-Tube, it’s PATHETIC). Now according to the stats that Mike was kind enough to e-mail me, the stats say that Staal is better, but in reality, he’s not. How? Well, according to Mike’s stats, Staal blocked over 100 shots, but having a shot accidently hit you does not count as a shot blocked in my opinion, so you might as well take away 90% of those 100+ so-called shots blocked from Staal. McCabe blocked 72 shots, but McCabe made an effort by throwing himself in front of opposing players shots, and dove to the ice to block those 72 shots. Also, according to Mike’s stats, Staal has more hits than McCabe, but in reality, a dry-hump against the boards does not count as a hit in my opinion, so you might as well take 85% of those so-called hits away from Staal. McCabe throws solid hits (he almost broke Steve Downie’s hip in the Rangers vs Lightning game last season) Plus, McCabe plays through injuries, and fights for his teammates. Yes, I would of loved to see McCabe pull a Vokun by offering his services and leadership for a real cheap price to the Rangers, but if I were Sather, I would of focused on signing McCabe (next would TRY to trade Staal to the Buffalo Sabres for Tyler Myers). Thanks for your time and God Bless.

  18. #18 by mike s at August 5th, 2011

    Joey,
    regarding your dispute of my stats, which I got from NHL stats . Regardless of your opinion of what a hit is or isn’t and regardless of your opinion which suggests that Staal accidently got in the way of many shots is unfounded and simply a ridiculous response. The fact that McCabe is a better fighter than Staal doesn’t make him a better player/defensemen. At one point when McCabe was younger, he was an outstanding D-Man. My original question to you is “if McCabe is such a valuable commodity and the main reason the Rangers made the playoffs; then why hasn’t the Rangers or anyone else offered him a contract yet. To state that the Rangers should have focused on signing McCabe over Richards is also a comment that most likely 99.9% of the Ranger fan base, the media and the rest of civilization would dissagree. I will admit that I would have wanted McCabe over Eminger in a heartbeat, but I guess McCabe wanted more money. On trading Staal for Myers, who is a solid defensemen as well. I would make that deal, not because I think Staal’s is a bad player, it would because Myers is younger and has a tremendous upside. With all of the younger defensemen in the Rangers system like Erixon, MDZ, Valentenko, Pashnin and Kundrakek all making the big club in the next 2 years. The Rangers may trade one of the other four (Staal, Girardi, Sauer, McDonagh) to make room. Maybe you will get your wish then with Staals. However, my gut tells me that if Sauer and McDonagh show Sather that last season was not a fluke, I think Girardi would be the one to go.
    Please provide facts and stats and not just an opinion. Although you disagree, the stats I provided are legit and recorded data from the NHL.

  19. #19 by alex at August 5th, 2011

    mccabe fights like once a year how is he a great hitter?

  20. #20 by alex at August 5th, 2011

    i meant to say fighter not hitter

  21. #21 by mike s at August 5th, 2011

    Alex,

    We are all entitled to our opinion, however I respectfully disagree with joey’s take on McCabe. His admiration for McCabe is well documented in his posts. To claim that the Rangers made the playoffs strictly based on McCabe’s arrival is nothing more than one persons opinion, which is joey. In the same breath, joey’s dislike for Staal is extremely evident and again, he is entitled to his opinion. However; stats do not lie and based on the stats, Staal had outplayed McCabe last season, which by the way made Staal an NHL allstar. Claiming that the Rangers should have focused their attention to re-signing McCabe over the pursuit of signing Richards to another indications that perhaps McCabe is actually joey. The fact that no one (even the Rangers) has signed McCabe at this point is a good indication that many feel his best days are behind him. I’m not saying that Staal’s is one of the best D-man in the league, in fact; I believe he was voted by the players (his own peers) as the 20th best d-man in the league; which is an honor when you consider that there’s at least 180 d-man in NHL.

  22. #22 by Joey at September 15th, 2011

    Alex,
    McCabe averages 5 fights a year, and wins them unlike Staal who turtles up to Semin’s sissy-slaps (watch the footage on You Tube) and is an overrated wimp in my opinion. Fact, before acquiring McCabe, the Rangers were out of the playoff hunt bouncing between 12th & 9th place, but once the Rangers stole McCabe from the Panthers, they went 8-1 and made the playoffs. Please explain that one Alex? Mike S., LMAO, no I’m not McCabe.

  23. #23 by tom at November 25th, 2011

    mccabe is not the reason the rangers made playoffs last year

  24. #24 by tom at November 25th, 2011

    some queer named tony montana on the second page of comments says the us players play with more heart that is horse shit what a dumb ass

  25. #25 by mike s at November 26th, 2011

    Joey, what does fighting have to do with talent. The fact that McCabe is a better fighter than Staal means absolutely nothing regarding talent. McCabe’s better days are behind him and once Staal returns from his concussion, the Rangers will be a better team for it. So please, stop with the Staal bashing and comparing apples to oranges.

  26. #26 by Joey at November 28th, 2011

    It’s 11/26/2011 Mike, and it took you this long to make such an asinine comment? Must I repeat myself? Obviously I do. The Rangers were out of the playoff picture bouncing from 9th to 12th places. Once the Rangers acquired McCabe, the Rangers went 8 wins, 1 loss, and made it to the 8th spot in the playoffs. Now are you saying that McCabe’s toughness, defensive intelligence, and talent had nothing to do with that? I highly doubt that Staal’s return will make the Rangers a better team. My prediction, Staal will get another concussion this season all thanks to another ass whooping from Alexander Semin, and the Rangers will not make the playoffs.

  27. #27 by mike s at November 29th, 2011

    My response at this time is based on that I have a life and I don’t monitor this website daily or even weekly. If McCabe was the reason for the Rangers making and playoffs and he was so outstanding, then again I ask you “why didn’t the Rangers re-sign him???????Forget the fact that Lundqvist played lights out down the stretch had nothing to do with the Rangers making the playoffs. Or how about Girardi, Sauer and McDonaugh playing solid defense. Two facts that you have failed to comment on or even acknowledge are :
    1. Why didn’t the Rangers re-sign McCabe if he was their savior and got them into the playoffs.
    2. Marc Staal was voted by his peers (that means other NHL players) as the 20th best defensemen in the league. Since there are 180-200 NHL defensemen on NHL rosters throughout the year, that’s high praise. So answer my questions (if you can) and stop this McCabe bullshit.

  28. #28 by Joey at December 21st, 2011

    Actually Mike, stop defensing that fag Marc Staal…..it’s now quite obvious that either your his dad trying to defend your son, or you have a huge crush on Marc “The Turtle” Staal who’s out with a headache (If I were on the Rangers roster making his kind of money, I’d pop in a few alive and get back out there earning my money that the hard-working Rangers fans are paying for). And stop with the NHL bullshit…..if you actually watched the games, you would see that Marc Staal is NOT the ultimate hero that you make him out to be.
    Now, if I were the Rangers GM, I’d be just like Joe Nieuwendyk on the Dallas Stars, build the Rangers with a combination of talented young players and veterans such as Bryan McCabe, Sean Avery (I’d try to re-sign him to a 1-way extension, like Joe Nieuwendyk did with Steve Ott), & Billy Tibbetts – guys who are eager to prove people wrong about them and are hungry to win! The Dallas Stars did that with Steve Ott, Michael Ryder, and Sheldon Souray (who I’ve been real impressed with this season, but you probably think he sucks huh?), and look how awesome the Dallas Stars are doing right now Mike. Also, the Boston Bruins went that same route and look what happend…..who won the Stanley Cup in the 2010-11 season Mike? The Rangers will not win with “Pretty Boy” Brad Richards (yes, he did win a Stanley Cup with Tampa, but that was before he became a glorified superstar, and don’t forget, Tampa went that same route as Boston and Dallas), Marian “The China Doll” Gaborik, and your boy, Marc “The Turtle” Staal on their roster. So, I just answered your questions Mike.

  29. #29 by harry at February 6th, 2012

    Im just gonna say if Mccabe is so good why isnt he playing? I like Mccabe but Staal is the better player in the game today!

  30. #30 by Joey at February 16th, 2012

    Hey Harry,
    Since you like McCabe, I won’t be sarcastic in my response. Why isn’t McCabe playing? I believe he is in the KHL, but I’m going to have to check on that. Why is he not playing in the NHL? Because I think 25 out of the 30 NHL GMs are retards (Joe Nieuwendyk has impressed me thus far by acquiring Sheldon Souray, and the Bruins GM knows how to build a winning team. The Red Wings know how to be successful, but they are extremely boring to watch, the St. Louis Blues also became extremely boring to watch since Cam Janssen went back to the Devils, and Lou Lamorello on the Devils has lost his touch). WOW, you think Marc “The Turtle” Staal is the better player in the game today than McCabe?!?!?!? Even though that’s your opinion (NOT MINE), I strongly disagree. Now I don’t want to hear the bullshit stats on Staal, how he got into last years all-star game due to his last name, how he is in the top 5 Gary B. Bettman gay-boy contest, etc., because Marc Staal does NOT possess the talent, toughness, leadership, durability, courage, 2-way intelligence, or even the athletic ability that McCabe does. McCabe is an all-star who is hungry to win, Staal is a worthless pussy (watch the Semin vs Staal fight on 1/3/09 on YouTube, plus Staal was out the 1st half of the season with a headache) Like I said, I don’t mean to be disrespectful Harry, but I strongly have to disagree with you on this one. But thanks for your time, and God Bless ya!

  31. #31 by harry at February 17th, 2012

    k u can pick on staal whatever but for u to say that my favorite team of all time the Detroit Redwings are boring to watch i dont know what your thinking theyre the best team to watch in the whole nhl cmon man.

    Go REDWINGS GO

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  36. #36 by Joey at July 22nd, 2013

    @kinh gian trong…..thanks (I Guess)

    @mike s………WOW your boy Staal is so AWESOME (being sarcastic), so what has your boy accomplished in the last 2 seasons outside of being dead weight, a cancer on the Rangers D, and a waste of $4 million per season for the Rangers? Marc Staal’s only highlight throughout his career was on 1/3/2009 when he turtled up to Semin’s sissy slaps. The Rangers should trade your boy Staal to Carolina while his last name still carries some value to him (since the Hurricanes have a hard-on for the Staals) for D-Man Jay Harrison.

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