Thursday, June 26, 2008

JULY 3, 12 a.m.: The Free Agent List (UFA/RFA)

Alright, here we go with one of the most exciting times of the hockey year: The free agent period!

Below is a list of what I believe to be the top free agents available as of June 26th, by position, in order from best to not as great ("worst" is too harsh of a word!)

UPDATED July 3, Midnight.



Mats Sundin
Sergei Fedorov
Martin Straka
Brendan Morrison
Jason Williams
Mike Peca
Mike York
Niko Kapanen

(Joe Sakic left off bcz will only return with Colorado; Peter Forsberg left off bcz will only play if healthy.)

Left Wing:

Brendan Shanahan
Ladislav Nagy
Todd Bertuzzi
Jason Chimera

Right Wing:

Pavol Demitra
David Vyborny
Mark Recchi
Owen Nolan
Martin Lapointe

(Teemu Selanne left off bcz is 99% certain to only return as a Duck.)


Jason Smith
Mattias Norstrom
Steve Montador
Keith Carney
Duvie Westcott
Paul Mara
Steve McCarthy
Alexei Zhitnik


Ray Emery* (if on best behavior)
Johan Holmqvist

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (wow, what a list coming up!):

Jay Boumeester
Pascal Leclaire
Antoine Vermette
Kari Lehtonen
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Valtteri Filppula
Andrej Meszaros
Ryane Clowe
Steve Bernier
Jaroslav Halak
Patrick O'Sullivan
R.J. Umberger
Marek Svatos
Nigel Dawes
Ville Koistinen
Kevin Klein
Brooks Laich
Daniel Carcillo
Jarett Stoll
Christian Ehrhoff
Rene Bourque
Eric Fehr
Jonathan Ericsson

There you have them, folks: The biggest names to follow as of Tuesday, July 1st!

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