This is my fourth post on the subject of the upcoming 2006/07 UFA (probable) lists. The others are here:
2006-07 Off-Season UFA's (Part One - Goalie's)
2006-07 Off-Season UFA's (Goalie Update)
2006-07 Off-Season UFA's (Part Two - Defensemen) - A
2006-07 Off-Season UFA's (Part Two - Defensemen) - B
This post is just an update on the status of the Goalie and Defensemen lists.
Garon / Aebischer / Weekes / Thibault / Boucher /Esche
Markkanen / Aubin / Sabourin / Dunham / McLennan / Conklin
Hasek / Belfour / Burke / Joseph
Of the guys I liked:
-- Giguere just won the Stanley Cup
-- Backstrom stayed with Minnesota for 2 yrs at $3.10 mill /yr and Smith stayed with Dallas for 2 yrs at $0.95 mill /yr.
That leaves Giguere and Garon as the two decent guys left out of the UFA pool of goalies. Pickings are slim. Look for Giguere to get $6.75 yr with Anaheim (Neidermayer Cap) and for Garon to be the steal of the off-season given he will be so cheap.
Too many to list again so I will stick with those who have signed since I first posted on it:
-- Markov stayed with Montreal for 4 yrs at $5.75 mill /yr.
-- Wesley stayed with Carolina for 1 yr at $1.40 mill.
All that does is take the biggest name off the list (Markov) and indicate that Carolina will allow Tanabe to go UFA.
Where the Goalie listing has, pretty much, shrunk to its July 1st probable the D-men listing still has a long ways to go. THAT flurry of signings, along with those of the forwards, will probably happen after the draft.
Have a great evening everyone.