2011 Free Agents

(This summer’s big fish – Brad Richards)

(Note: I’ll keep this on a permanent page and will update the list frequently when we get closer to July 1)

Here’s the 2011 UFA crop. It’s extremely weak on forwards, but pretty loaded with defencemen. I’ve included salary expectations, which is a hybrid between how I think the market will view them, and what I personally think their value is. I’ve also included a small list of players who may be facing retirement, as well as those who may be playing overseas next year.

TOP FREE AGENTS Salary Expectations
Rank Name Age Pos $ (M) Term (Yrs) Total (M)
1 Brad Richards 31 F 7.00 6 $42.00
2 Christian Ehrhoff 29 D 5.50 5 $27.50
3 Kevin Bieksa 29 D 5.50 5 $27.50
4 James Wisniewski 27 D 5.00 5 $25.00
5 Andrei Markov 33 D 5.50 4 $22.00
6 Joni Pitkanen 28 D 4.50 4 $18.00
7 Eric Brewer 32 D 4.00 4 $16.00
8 Ilya Bryzgalov 30 G 4.00 4 $16.00
9 Tomas Vokoun 34 G 5.00 3 $15.00
10 Ville Leino 28 F 3.50 4 $14.00
11 Brooks Laich 28 F 3.20 4 $12.80
12 Tomas Kaberle 33 D 4.00 3 $12.00
13 Ed Jovonovski 34 D 4.00 3 $12.00
14 Tomas Fleischmann 27 F 3.00 3 $9.00
15 Joel Ward 30 F 2.75 3 $8.25
16 Dwayne Roloson 42 G 4.00 2 $8.00
17 Max Talbot 27 F 2.50 3 $7.50
18 Simon Gagne 31 F 3.50 2 $7.00
19 Radim Vrbata 30 F 3.00 2 $6.00
20 Alex Tanguay 31 F 3.00 2 $6.00

Defence
Rank Name Age $ (M) Term (Yrs) Total (M)
1 Christian Erhoff 29 5.50 5 $27.50
2 Kevin Bieksa 29 5.50 5 $27.50
3 James Wisniewski 27 5.00 5 $25.00
4 Andrei Markov 33 5.50 4 $22.00
5 Joni Pitkanen 28 4.50 4 $18.00
6 Eric Brewer 32 4.00 4 $16.00
7 Tomas Kaberle 33 4.00 3 $12.00
8 Ed Jovonovski 34 4.00 3 $12.00
9 Scott Hannan 32 2.75 3 $8.25
10 Ian White 27 2.75 3 $8.25
11 Andy Greene 28 2.75 3 $8.25
12 Jan Hejda 32 2.50 3 $7.50
13 Roman Hamrlik 37 3.50 2 $7.00
14 Bryan McCabe 36 3.00 2 $6.00
15 Jonathan Ericsson 27 1.50 2 $3.00
Sami Salo 36
Brent Sopel 34
Craig Rivet 36
Niclas Wallin 36
Jim Vandermeer 31
Kent Huskins 32
Shane O’Brien 28
Steve Montador 31
Radek Martinek 34
Anton Babchuk 28
Karlis Skratins 36
Sean O’Donnell 39
Steve Eminger 28
Ruslan Salei 36
Andrew Alberts 29
Randy Jones 29
Marc-Andre Bergeron 30
Paul Mara 32
Adam Pardy 27
Jeff Woywitka 27
Freddy Meyer 30
Nick Boynton 32
Forwards
Rank Name Age $ (M) Term (Yrs) Total (M)
1 Brad Richards 31 7.00 6 $42.00
2 Ville Leino 28 3.50 4 $14.00
3 Brooks Laich 28 3.20 4 $12.80
4 Tomas Fleischmann 27 3.00 3 $9.00
5 Joel Ward 30 2.75 3 $8.25
6 Max Talbot 27 2.50 3 $7.50
7 Scottie Upshall 28 3.25 2 $6.50
8 Simon Gagne 31 3.00 2 $6.00
9 Radim Vrbata 30 3.00 2 $6.00
10 Alex Tanguay 31 3.00 2 $6.00
11 Michal Handzus 34 2.40 2 $4.80
12 Michael Ryder 31 2.30 2 $4.60
13 Erik Cole 32 2.30 2 $4.60
14 Sean Bergenheim 27 2.25 2 $4.50
15 Jussi Jokinen 28 2.20 2 $4.40
16 Chris Higgins 28 2.00 2 $4.00
17 Chad Larose 29 1.20 3 $3.60
18 Jamie Langenbrunner 35 1.75 2 $3.50
19 Antti Miettinen 30 1.75 2 $3.50
20 Marty Reasoner 34 1.75 2 $3.50
21 Jason Arnott 36 3.00 1 $3.00
22 Raffi Torres 30 1.50 2 $3.00
23 Eric Belanger 33 1.40 2 $2.80
24 Tim Connolly 30 2.50 1 $2.50
25 Brendan Morrison 35 1.50 1 $1.50
Andrew Brunette 37 1.40 1 $1.40
Tomas Kopecky 29 1.30 1 $1.30
Patrick Eaves 27 1.25 1 $1.25
Jeff Halpern 35 1.20 1 $1.20
Vernon Fiddler 31 1.15 1 $1.15
Boyd Gordon 28 1.10 1 $1.10
Pascal Dupuis 32 1.00 1 $1.00
Marcel Goc 28
Brad Winchester 30
Radek Dvorak 34
John Madden 38
Rob Niedermayer 36
Scott Nichol 36
Andrew Murray 29
Zenon Konopka 30
Craig Adams 35
Brian Sutherby 29
Marco Sturm 33
Chris Clark 35
Chuck Kobasew 29
Mike Grier 36
Jarkko Ruutu 35
Matt Bradley 32
Ben Eager 28
Mike Rupp 31
Fred Sjostrom 28
Aaron Asham 33
Kyle Wellwood 28
Drew Miller 28
Tanner Glass 27
Jamal Mayers 36
Adam Hall 31
Jeff Tambellini 27
Mathieu Darche 34
Fernando Pisani 35
Mike Comrie 31
Goalies
Rank Name Age $ (M) Term (Yrs) Total (M)
1 Ilya Bryzgalov 30 4.00 4 $16.00
2 Tomas Vokoun 34 5.00 3 $15.00
3 Dwayne Roloson 42 4.00 2 $8.00
Evgeni Nabokov 35
J.S Giguere 34
Pascal Leclaire 28
Mike Smith 29
Johan Hedberg 38
Marty Turco 36
Ty Conklin 35
Martin Gerber 35
Ray Emery 28
Peter Budaj 28
Mathieu Garon 33
Josh Harding 27
Jose Theodore 34
Jeff Deslauriers 27
Alex Auld 30
Brian Boucher 35
Henrik Karlsson 27
LEAVING NHL?
Re-Sign/Retire
Pos Name Age Current Team
D Nick Lidstrom 41 Detroit
F Teemu Selanne 41 Anaheim
F Steve Sullivan 36 Nashville
F Mark Recchi 43 Boston
F Kris Draper 39 Detroit
G Chris Osgood 39 Detroit
F Cory Stillman 37 Carolina
Europe Bound?
Pos Name Age Destination
F Alex Kovalev 38 Russia
F Nikolai Zherdev 27 Russia
F Alex Frolov 28 Russia
F Alexei Ponikarovsky 31 Russia
F Sergei Samsonov 32 Russia
F Petr Prucha 28 Russia
F Marek Svatos 28 Russia
F Ruslan Fedotenko 32 Russia
F Vaclav Prospal 37 Russia
F Michael Nylander 38 Sweden
F Fred Modin 37 Sweden
D Andreas Lilja 36 Sweden
Likely Retirees
Pos Name Age Retirement
D Brian Rafalski 38 Confirmed
F Doug Weight 40 Confirmed
F Mike Modano 41
F Peter Forsberg 37
D Adam Foote 40
F Todd Marchant 38
F Ethan Moreau 36
D Steve Staios 37
G Patrick Lalime 36
F Ian White 36

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