Back on June 2, I tossed the gauntlet out at the hockey blogging world. Create a team off the UFA list, pick the first players to resign, keep it under the cap for next year, and keep the deals realistic. In other words no 65 year deals for a certain Russian winger. And no $200,000,000 payrolls.
So here we go.
Anton Volchenkov. I just can’t see him making it long if his demands are at all reasonable with the number of teams that need a strong defensive defenseman.
Matthew Lombardi, too many teams from the Flames to the Wild and the Canes need a good center right now.
This is the pick i have the least confidence in, but I’m picking Dan Ellis.
Team UFA $57.4m All dollar figures in millions, $.400 would be $400,000
I. Kovulchuk $8.8m M. Lombardi $2.75m B. Guerin $2.5
A. Frolov $4.25 M. Cullen $2.9 R.Torres $2.8
A. Ponikarovsky $2.8 K. Wellwood $1.5m C. Armstrong $2.5
M Satan $1 G. Metropolit $1.5 E. Artyukhin $1m
J Shelley $.800
A Volchenkov 4.2m D. Morris 3.5M
J. Leopold 3.2m D. Hamuis 3.7m
A. Lilja 1.85m S. Hnidy .850
T. Conboy .750
D. Ellis 2.5M
M. Biron 1.75
Part 3 Worst Contract:
Ordinarily one could just flip a coin and insert the Rangers or the Canadiens, but since both are so cash strapped I’m going to go with a team desperate to make the playoffs.
Part four Where’s Ilya:
Since this is my pick to make the Western Finals this season, with or without him and they have a good chunk of cap space available too, I’m going with the sexy pick:
The LA Kings.
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