Hockey Widow wrote:I would be shocked if we landed either Parise or Suter. I think MG makes the calls but I would be shocked if either came here. More likely "b" UFA's will be on his list. I know I have heard he has targeted at least 2 guys he will take a run at but I'm just not thinking Parise and or Suter.
I would love Doan at 5 million max, 2 years. (10 total). But a team like Toronto will offer him the wad.
It really is a lean UFA market, even for bottom 6 players.
I'll add more about the best available free agents, but first a comment on Doan.
Word is, if he leaves Phoenix he wants to stay close to Phoenix, and join a contender. Doan is from Alberta, and he's a religious guy who is close with his family.
So I wouldn't necessarily worry about Toronto, unless they go Gillis for Sundin on him.
I'm not sure if he thinks Vancouver is too far from Phoenix, when he can go to teams like LA and SJ, but playing in Canada, near Alberta, on a contender that has other character guys like Hamhuis and Malhotra who are also very religious.
I'd definitely go 2 years, $5M per for Doan, and hopefully Gillis approaches him the right way, like he has done others.
As for free agents.
Top 9/skill forwards
Third line forwards
Bottom 6 options
Staubitz (for those wanting an enforcer)
That's pretty lean, and those classifications are relative to the market.
Outside Parise and Doan, the only players that interest me in order:
Realizing this post doesn't really talk Luongo, I've moved the free agent list to the Wheelings and Dealings Thread.