Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2013 Free Agent Leftovers

We're a week into August and there are still some solid UFA leftovers out there waiting to be signed. While some leftovers hide in the back of your fridge for weeks, some leftovers can be put to good use with the right fixings. Some of the players currently unsigned would be great additions on most NHL teams and it's very surprising they haven't been scooped up yet or at least rumoured to be signing somewhere. Maybe they're just sweating it out like that casserole from last week, but with training camps starting in a month it's only a matter of time before the Domino's pizza begin to fall. 

Here are some Free Agent leftovers looking to be pulled out of the fridge for some use:

Forwards

Brenden Morrow

Morrow put up 14 points in 15 games after being traded from the Dallas Stars to the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. We're surprised Morrow is still available because he can bring some grit and leadership to any dressing room, but perhaps his asking price is too high. Still a very solid 3rd liner for the right price.
Comparable leftover food: Mac 'n' cheese

Damien Brunner

The 27-year-old put up 12 goals and 26 points in his first taste of NHL action last season and kept it up by scoring 5 goals and 9 points in 14 playoff games. The 5'10" winger should find a home before the season starts because top 6 forward talent doesn't grow on trees these days. There's always the chance Brunner goes back to the Swiss NLA to dominate like a AAA kid dropping down to houseleague.
Comparable leftover food: Chinese food

Brad Boyes

Boyes had a golden opportunity last season playing alongside John Tavares and he notched 35 points in 48 games, but rumours of 2011 5th overall pick Ryan Strome jumping up to play wing with Tavares has bumped Boyes off the Island. With the salary cap coming way down, Boyes might have to take another 1-year, low cap hit contract to prove himself all over again.
Comparable leftover food: Pizza

Mikhail Grabovski

Grabovski is looking to stick it to the Toronto Maple Leafs who bought him out at the end of June and prove that last season was just a horrible down year for him (and that Randy Carlyle is stupid). Grabovski is a perfect fit as a 2nd liner centre who can put up 20 goals, 50 points and the Jets and Capitals seem to be the favourites to sign him.
Comparable leftover food: Turkey

Mason Raymond

Injuries might have slowed down Raymond, but he is still just a few seasons removed from a 25-goal, 53-point season. The 27-year-old Raymond should be looking for a short term deal to put up some decent numbers and get a better payout once the salary cap goes back up next year.
Comparable leftover food: Spaghetti (no meatballs)

Defencemen

Douglas Murray

The 33-year-old blueline beast should find a home soon as most teams are looking for a big hoss defenceman to clear bodies out in front of their net. It should be noted that Murray was rumoured to be dating Tiger Wood's ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, so we know he has great taste in women.
Comparable leftover food: Meatballs (Swedish)

Ryan Whitney

Whitney has never been able to put up numbers like he did with the Pittsburgh Penguins and injuries and the coaches doghouse have kept him off the ice the last few seasons. Still just 30-years-old, Whitney still has plenty of hockey left (he's done if you ask any Oilers fans) and could help out on the power-play.
Comparable leftover food: Salad (just wilted and shitty)

Ron Hainsey

The 32-year-old was overpaid on his last contract and if he is looking to play in the NHL next season he will have to take a hefty pay cut. Hainsey averaged nearly 23 minutes of ice time last year and put up 13 assists in 47 games.
Comparable leftover food: Curry (might be good, might be very bad)

Ian White

White can grow a mean stache, but can he still be a top 6 defenseman? Just two seasons ago White was playing the best hockey of his career putting up 32 points and a plus +23 rating in 77 games (partnered with Nicklas Lidstrom helps) and now he is trying to find a team to take him on as a depth defenceman.
Comparable leftover food: Shepherd's pie

Goalies

Tim Thomas

Thomas took last season off and hid in a bunker somewhere prepping for doomsday. Now he's looking to prove he can still be a number one goalie at age 39 after taking a year off. Thomas could be a late signing during the season once goalie injuries start coming into play.
Comparable leftover food: Meatloaf

Ilya Bryzgalov

Just go to the KHL.
Comparable leftover food: A Subway sandwich (soggy as fuck)

Jose Theodore

The former league MVP played just 15 games last year on a brutal Florida Panthers team and posted a disgusting 3.29 GAA and a .892% save percentage. In a perfect world the Montreal Canadiens would bring him in to back up Carey Price.
Comparable leftover food: Lasagna

4 comments:

  1. Hope the Leafs grab Morrow

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  2. Hope the Islanders get Brunner.
    Really see him clicking with JT

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  3. Most of these guys will have to try out for teams during training camp it seems. Alot of teams want to go with their younger prospects.

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  4. If only Ottawa didn't have an internal salary cap that rivalled Charles Wang's lack of commitment, the Senators could sign and really use one of those two defencemen – Whitney or Hainsey.

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