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


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


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


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


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


  • Leafs are gonna trade Kaberle to Washington Capitals for Alex Semin, The leafs will resign Alex Semin, and go after a good centerman when JS Giguere and his 6mil a year is gone after this year.

  • Iginla isn’t a free agent, under contract for 2 more years ..

    Why would Vokoun want to sign with a rebuilding team? He’ll go to a team that has a shot.

  • Jay Leach is on the Devils now, Ryan Carter is on the Panthers, Curtis McElhinney is on the Senators, Milan Jurcina re-signed with the Islanders, Bergenheim’s cap hit can be found on cap geek, Anton Babchuk is on the Flames, Patrick Eaves re-signed with the Red Wings, Eric Boulton re-signed with the Thrashers, under Cory Stillman is says “Caroline Hurricanes” when it should say “Carolina Hurricanes,” and Patrick Rismiller is on the Panthers.

  • Thanks. All I see is Jay Leach is still listed as property of the Sharks. He was traded to the Devils.

  • Leafs sign either Brad Richards or Brooks Laich and moves Bozak to Left wing.

    First Line: Bozak-Laich-Kessel

  • Wow, wouldn’t that just be awful. That would be the worst #1 line in the NHL. Of course, that wouldnt be different from what they currently have.

  • new panthers in 2011

    G-ty conklin

    D-Tomas Kaberle

    RW-Mark Reccie

    C-Chris Higgins

    Resign Sergie Samsonov

  • If I’m the Leafs I make a pitch for Richards, unless they want to trade for someone better,
    I’d also make a pitch for Goalies Hedberg or Roloson

  • Wow, more than half of u guys really don’t know what u guys are talking about. Let’s start with the Leafs ; were signing B. Richards , M. Ryder and E. Brewer!!! That sums up The leafs , Riemer Is Starting , so no more Wrinkle Balls in net for us . As for the rest of u Pathetic Organzied teams out there, y’all can stick margaritas on the beach and leave hockey where it’s at , for crying out loud plz move Phoenix to Winnipeg!!

  • hey leafs insider, have at brewer. hes junk. it would really prove how bad the leafs management is if they actually take a shot at signing him

  • Next year the islanders are going to pick up some good players like pat sharp or people like mike handzus and sighn mike grabner to a 7 year contract extension.

  • I think the Isles will have to trade for players as it may be hard to get FA to go there, even with Tavares.

    Why would the Leafs want Brewer, don’t see that happening. Richards isn’t going there either.

    Kevin … no way Kaberle or Recchi ends up on Florida.

  • hey mark easson i think new york is a great place to be and your wrong about people comeing to new york . What are you a ranger fan.

  • Islanders:

    -I dont see how they would acquire Patrick Sharp, or why Chicago would let him go.

    -Yes, your team could surprise, but they need to address their goaltending and defence, and have their top young players all continue to develop. They are still a LONG way from being a playoff team.

    -If you think your team should sign Grabner to a 7 year deal, well, you clearly haven’t learned from the mistakes the Isles make too often (Yashin, DiPietro et al).

  • I could see the Flyers letting go all three UFAs this summer (Zherdev, Leino, O’Donnell and Boucher). Even though Leino’s a favorite in Philly I just have a feeling they won’t get a deal done, though breaking up the Leino/Briere/Hartnell line is risky.

    Boucher needs to go, though. Keep Leighton as the backup and let Bob be the official #1 and ride him for the year, see how he responds.

  • OK, Toronto is going to get kaberle july first, trade gustavsson for a 4-5 round pick in 2011-12 and sign hedburg, with the money from giggy we get richards, and toronto was in talk before the deadline with richards so, it shows theres intrest in him first line

    Forwards Kulomin-Richards-Kessel
    Defence Schenn-Kaberle
    Forwards Grabovski-Bozak-Macarther
    Defence Phaneuf-Lebda

  • Firstly,

    There is ZERO chance that the Leafs want Kaberle back. Some of the fans might, but the management team thinks he is soft and they dont want him.

    I think they try to keep Kulemin, Grabovski and McArthur together, and will likely use Kadri on the 3rd line with Armstrong and Bozak.

    Lupul and Kessel are the likely top line wingers.

    Even with Richards, this team has a LONG way to go.

  • Sabres aren’t going to make any major adjustments. There a good team, they showed it down the stretch. The buds need two first liners if playoffs are even an option. Kessel is the only one who has capability playing on a NHL 1st line and he can only shine and prove himself what kind a player he is if he gets players who have the ability to play the game hard, preferably a playmaker like 30 year old brad Richards. Leafs second line is great kulemin, grabo, mccarthur will get 2.4 million, just like kulemin..there similar players. That line is set. 3rd line left wing wing nazem kadri, centre..Bozak and joffrey lupul will shine with those 2. Orr/Irwin- Tim Brent and Colby Armstrong will play the 4th line and penalty kill hard. Leafs have strong defense by picking up two way defender lashoff, komiserak, gunarsson, phaneuf, aulie, schenn and lebda will stay incase injuries or if someone is playing bad. Reimer starts and gustavvson gets about 30-35 games next season depending on how he’ll play. Gigure would have been gone last year but due to the respect Burke has for him and to “coach these young goaltenders the game” he stayed..he wasent a disappointment it was a given, he won’t be resigned. Leafs look strong, as long as Burke does what he does best and goes for the only possible 4 year deal out right now which is brad Richards. Fans are getting impatient and it wouldn’t be a bad move at all, he can easily be a point per game guy with kessel. Paul stasty plays second line under Matt duchene on colorado, he isn’t good enough and won’t be a good fit to play along side kessel. Even if we sign him alone and let Colby Armstrong grind his way to help Richards and kessel do their thing, that would even work but suggestably Burke has to bring in someone who can play the left wing, kadri still needs too much time to even be considered. Anyways, well see what happens.. GO LEAFS GO!

  • They wont be able to sign two (likely zero) top line Free Agents. There is only one available.

    I think it is more likely that he ends up trading more picks, and/or young players for a Restricted Free Agent forward or two.

  • But i do agree that he is going to make some noise and the Leafs will add at least one top line player.

    (i could see Lupul playing on the top line again next year, in the final year of his deal)

    Imagine if Nash hadnt resigned?

    He would be the prize of this Free Agent class.

  • That’s what I was hoping a Brampton boy cones back home plays for the leafs.. He would have been worth the big bucks. Your right we do have picks to offer, if Burke doesn’t bring in atleast one top centre and if lupal plays first line which isn’t too bad. We need a power forward 3rd line as well if he wants to make the leafs a contending team for sure.. All teams who make it play and get production from all 3 lines, if not 4

  • most of you are stupid and know nothing about hockey. Especially you stupid leaf fans. Brad Richards is not gonna sign with the leafs he actually wants to win a cup and they still won’t make the playoffs next year eventually they will make the playoffs though.

  • it really doesn’t matter because the bruins are just going to repeat anyways.hell yeah lets go b’s.

  • well tim thomas maybe our team but it was enough to win a cup.12 million dollars coming off the cap possibly more if savard retires and we’ll add more pieces.young veterans like bergeron,horton,and lucic locked up contractually.tyler seguin will be developing and getting better.not to mention the leafs #9 overall pick.i’ll take that “suck” team anyday.

  • well tim thomas maybe our team.12 million dollars coming off the cap possibly more if savard retires and we’ll add more pieces.young veterans like bergeron,horton,and lucic locked up contractually.tyler.seguin will continue to develop.plus we have the leafs #9 overall pick.i’ll take that “suck” team anyday.

  • vancouver had way more skill then boston you even have to admit that but vancouver has no tough guys and a goalie who played inconsistent at least luongo is canadian unlike thomas gaylord Lucic and Bergeron are the only good Bruins. BRUINS SUCK BABA BOOEY YOU RETARD

  • im sorry but get a new team sorry for dissing you. Are you american cause IF SO you know canada won the olympics just sayin how many us players would have made team Canada 2 Miller and Kane

  • Do all Canadianshave this much trouble with the English language? Harry, it’s a team game, and the best team won. And yes, the best goalie in the NHL is American—

  • hahahahahahaha Harry why don’t you go riot some more while i party in Boston, Canada hasn’t won a cup in 18 years, and it was pretty sad that the Canadian team had to go into overtime to beat the U.S. in the olympics it should have been a blowout, the thing is Americans like Tim Thomas just flat out have more heart than you pussies up in Canada. Go Bruins, faggot. Dont say stupid shit and you won’t get shit on, bitch.

  • @tony montana, u are talking smack about how you US players have more heart than us canadians and thats why boston won the cup…but i just wanted to let you know even thought Boston won the cup, you do realize that all your fowards besides one is canadian…sorta ironic dont you think?

  • Kevyboy actually has a brain Tony Montana ur just a dip shit faggot that knows nothing about hockey why dont u go watch cricket in ur snuggie fat ass

  • kevyboy doesn’t have much of a brain.he should learn how to use the word ironic in the right context.harry what does vancouver having no tough guys have to do with the bruins winning.no body fought.vancouver led the league in hits.but somehow the canucks who were scoring on 26% on powerplays were shut down.the olympic winning goalie choked and the more skilled sedins were punched in the mouth.literally.the american goalie thomas has his name etched on the conn smythe,stanley cup,and soon on the vezina.so harry please shut your pompous fuckin mouth.

  • btw im talking to bababooey(stupid name) your a stupid kid if you are a kid suck DAK

    P.s my real name isn’t Harry so no use of making fun of it or some stupid shit like that k bro

  • harry i’m actually in my young twenties.you couldn’t win the debate so you resorted to name calling.i know fighting isn’t the only thing that makes you a tough guy.that’s why i pointed out vancouver led the league in hits.the bruins crashed the net,won faceoffs,and won the battles in the corners.the canucks were and are frontrunners.they’re only tough when they’re ahead or against weaker teams.

  • harry first i’m a 50 year old then i’m a dumb kid.then you make fun of my pseudonym and then say i can’t make fun of your name because it’s also not your real name.don’t even try to write up a rebuttal.i state facts and stats and you call me a rapist.you can’t and won’t win a debate against me.don’t try to win a war of words.you’re not smart enough.

  • to this tony goofball, bruins may have won the cup but 16 out of the 22 on roster are canadians…so the cup aint gonna be the states, so fio

  • bababooey calm down and why are you commenting on this website if you’re in your early 20’s commenting is for kids man not for adults to make fun of kids comments because they think they know everything about hockey cause you dont i actually play hockey you probably dont

  • chris if commenting is childish then why the fuck did you reply.i actually did play hockey growing up.i was not talented enough to play in the nhl and i’m guessing neither were you.i was fortunate enough to see several cousins play in the pros and minors and have a true love of the game.i don’t know everything there is to know about hockey and apologize if i came off that way.

  • chris i looked you up.pretty good stats.good luck hopefully we’ll see you in the nhl someday.

  • Big Joe and Semin would have gotten 6 yr deals in Free Agency this summer.

    Joe must really love it in SJ.



  • Screw anyone who says Americans have more heart than canadians. Only American with close to the same amount of heart is kesler. Oh yea 1 more thing I went #1 this year 😀

  • Oh and if you Americans have so much heart answer me this one. How come no American has hoisted lord stanley as a captain? Don’t seem like much heart to me…

  • Thank you for this list, this is much better than what I found on NHL.com. I have no idea who the Blackhawks will sign, if anyone, but at least I have a better idea of who is out there.

  • Since Canucks got rid of ehrhoff i can see them sign someone like ian white or get brent sopel back

  • I stand to be corrected by I believe Boston had something like 14 or was it 16 Canadian players on their team. Lets face it hockey players are one of our best exports. So there are so many Canadians in the NHL that they are bound to win the cup more often in the US than we are in Canada. Especially when there are more team with stupid money in the US. That is how I see it anyway. And I did not have to swear or say rude things to make my point. Seems like that is all I hear form Bruins fans.

  • kevyboy you obviously don’t even know the make up of your own team, Canadians are “pussies” well i shall remind you of something:
    Milan Lucic – Canadian
    Patrice Bergeron – Canadian
    Brad Marchand – Canadian
    Cam Neely – Canadian
    Bobby Orr – Canadian
    Phil Esposito – Canadian

    If you don’t say anything stupid then may be someone may not rebut back, you big goof!

  • Everyone stop fighting on a forum sheeesh. I live in BC, I am a Canucks fan, and I am canadian. The canucks lost because they played with no heart, were banged up and their goalie was very inconsistant to put it nicely. The Bruins were just harder working and wanted to win, it’s that simple. Obviously Canada is better at hockey but the Americans are making a strong case that they are the new number 2 in the world. They have more people to draw from, and the more popular the game becomes that scarier team USA becomes. Most teams have more canadians and the ones that win cups have the most, the toughest, and generally the best pure all around hockey stars. Granted the US goalies right now are amazing. Thomas is a freak and Miller puts his whole team on his back to make the playoffs. But no american goalie will ever break brodeur’s or roy’s records, and name the US’s best player, he’s no Crosby P. Bergeron or Thornton, he’s not a Rick Nash, a Toews or a Stamkos. The list goes on. With all that said, please stop fighting like idiots. You sound ridiculous and not at all like real fans of the game.

  • Leafs will impress this year – hear me out before you start blasting away on your keyboards… I’ve heard the TV personalities on TSN and even ESPN ripping on the Liles move and comparing him and his contract to that of Kaberle’s. This guy is a solid puck moving defenseman and will add some much needed help on an abysmal powerplay. Colorado is a mess – not even Crosby would have performed well there last year. Give me a solid blue line and a good goalie and there’s your base. With The Reiminister in net and Grabo and Kulemin continuing their ways, the playoffs are a LOCK. They even would have made it to the Eastern Conference finals this year and lost to Boston, check it:

    Leafs over Caps in 6 (played well in Wash this past season-most overrated team in the NHL)
    Leafs over Flyers in 7 (Bozak and Komisarek could even beat those bums in net)
    Bruins over Leafs in 4 (Leafs may have scored 2 goals the whole series)

    Ok, blast away!!!

  • @r n hop – darian hatcher hoisted Stanley as the captain of Dallas. Lidstrom for Detroit and chara for Boston every other captain in the history of the cups existence was Canadian even before the NHL. And this forum is childish. Canucks are a good team. Boston was better and I’m from Vancouver. Y’all need to do your research before you start acting like hockey guru’s!

  • Boston won’t repeat! All this Canada America beef is straight up gay! My favorite Canuck is American and my favorite bruins are Canadians. As for the rioters, those fags don’t even live in Vancouver they live in surrounding towns and clearly are bigger fans of property crime than hockey. Also! All this talk about the Olympics is pointless cause the Olympics are gay! It’s about 16 wins in spring. Anything else is just not worthy of debate. grow up ya fucking yahoo’s

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.


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  • @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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