Sunday, 10 June 2007

2006-07 Off-Season UFA's (Goalie and Defensemen Update)

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.

The Goalie's

Giguere
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.

The Defensemen

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.

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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.


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Have a great evening everyone.

2 comments:

Mr DeBakey said...

If the Oilers sign Tarnstrom,
it doesn't seem likely they'd be going after Tanabe.

YKOil said...

Very true - and kind of too bad imo.

I like Tarnstrom (always been a huge supporter of his) but the chance to pick up a guy with the upside Tanabe has, at that age, is pretty sweet.

They can still go after Hannan though! :)