hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

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    hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    Players are listed with the annual cap hit of their expiring deals.

    10. Willie Mitchell, D, $3.5 million
    Mitchell, 33, battled through an injury-plagued season at the worst possible time. Not sure he’ll be able to command $3 million again, but assuming he recovers from his concussion, he can still be a top shutdown guy.

    9. Antero Niittymaki, G, $600,000
    Another guy who comes relatively cheap. Niittymaki outplayed Tampa Bay No. 1 Mike Smith this season. He’d push for minutes in places like Philly (where’s he’s been before) and Washington, and be the perfect backup in places like Calgary and Buffalo.

    8. Johnny Boychuk, D, $500,000
    Boychuk, 26, rose well up the Boston depth chart by season’s end. He was second only to captain Zdeno Chara in minutes played in the post-season and was the team’s No. 2 scorer from the blueline. He’ll expect a raise, but nothing too taxing for a top-four blueliner.

    7. Anton Volchenkov, D, $2.5 million
    Volchenkov, 28, is one of the best shutdown/shot-blocking guys in the world. He’ll be looking to double his salary on a five- or six-year deal. If Mike Komisarek could sign for $22.5 million over five years last summer, Volchenkov will be looking for something in the $25-million area.

    6. Dan Ellis, G, $1.75 million
    Ellis may have lost the Nashville Predators starting job to Pekka Rinne, but the soon-to-be 29-year-old still had a better save percentage than Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury and Niklas Backstrom. Ellis is another guy who will want to go some place he has a chance to steal minutes and even take over the No. 1 spot. But he won’t command many dollars to do so.

    5. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, $6.39 million
    The premier goal-scorer on the market – and maybe No. 2 in the world behind Alex Ovechkin – will hit free agency looking for mucho dineros for about a decade’s worth of work. And that’s why he’s so far down this list. He might net you 50 goals, but his all-around game is suspect and you can buy three 20-goal scorers for the same price as one Kovalchuk.

    4. Paul Martin, D, $3.83 million
    The most underrated defenseman in the league, Martin, 29, battled injuries much of the season. But he’s sneaky-good at both ends of the ice and will surprise the fans of whichever team signs him, unless it’s New Jersey.
     
    3. Zbynek Michalek, D, $1.25 million
    A poor man’s Volchenkov, the unheralded Michalek, 27, is a shot-blocking machine who’d be a bigger name if he wasn’t a Phoenix Coyote. The only question is who will earn more next season, Zbynek or his younger brother Milan, who makes $3.5 million with the Ottawa Senators?

    2. Patrick Marleau, C/LW, $6.36 million
    Like Kovalchuk, Marleau, 30, will be expensive: just not as expensive. He won’t command a long term like Kovalchuk and is also a more complete player who can line up at center or wing. Look for Marleau to net about $7 million a year for five years and average 35 goals and 80 points.

    1. Tomas Plekanec, C, $2.75 million
    Plekanec took a gamble last summer…and won. Coming off a paltry 39-point season in 2008-09, Plekanec was willing to sign a multi-year deal as an RFA, but ultimately accepted the Habs’ one-year offer. Then he went out and added 31 points to his previous season’s total to lead the Canadiens with 70 points this year. Now the 27-year-old is set to cash in big-time. He’s got No. 1-center potential, but would instantly be one of the best No. 2s in the league.
     
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    Re: hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    None of them.  Sorry, one of them, but not really a new one.

    I'm stunned that THN would put Plekanec at the top of the list.  The guy disappears better than Amelia Earheart.  He's a 70 point guy in his best season - less than either Bergeron or Krejci in their best years and you can't say he's a better all-around player than either. Michael Farber thinks he'll convince some poor team to pay him in the neighbourhood of $6M.  It won't be the Bruins.

    Marleau - no "value" in signing him.  He'll get paid to score 40 a year and like the article says, he'll put up 35.  Wears some of the taint of the Shark failures.

    Michalek = Seidenberg only younger.  No need.

    Martin - would bring down the Bruins cap organization like he did the Liberal Party of Canada.

    Kovalchuk - great scorer.  Not worth reinventing the team to accommodate his salary demands.  Never won squat as a pro.

    Ellis - could be Craig Anderson, and a team in need of Craig Anderson will give him a shot as a #1.  That's not Boston.

    Volchenkov - first $5M defensive defenseman of the cap era (holdovers don't count)  He's a rock, but D is not a priority.

    Johnny B - good for him.  Sign him for Hunwick money.  If someone else wants to overpay him, congratulate him for finally breaking through and warn him that life is different when you don't have Chara on your left.

    Nittymaki - why?

    Mitchell - again, a rock, but an expensive one and as bad as Ference for missing time lately.  Not a priority.

     
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    Re: hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    I actually think that Zbynek may be a good fit. His style would fit perfectly with the Bruins, and he won't break the bank.

     
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    Re: hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    Boychuk. That is all.

    Release the hounds.
     
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    That list explains why the B's aren't going to be players in Free Agent Frenzy this year.  Plekanec is #1..yikes...I feel bad for Burkie since July 1st is his 'draft day'.
     
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    Re: hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    BOYCHUK ....a MUST
     
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    None of them will be worth the bucks! 
     
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    Re: hockey news top 10 free agents, Who would you like the b's to sign

    I really like that Boychuk guy at #8. I hope the Bruins get him. We could really use a player like that in the Black and Gold. Oh wait...
     
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