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just for fun, from the team you follow… who (UFA) do you think most likely will not be re-signed by your team after the 2012-13 canceled season?

Since I follow the pens, i highly doubt Craig Adams or Ben Lovejoy will be resigned and possibly not resigned at all by any team.

What some of these guys have to remember is they were going to be competing for jobs with a fresh crop of talent from the AHL and juniors going into the 2012-13 season.  By skipping this year, they will now be competing with two years of younger and perhaps faster players.  The fringe players, like Adams may have a hard time finding a job.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/18/12 at 03:22 PM ET


I am praying that the Wings do not resign Cleary and give his spot to Tatar, but given their track record (Bert/Sammy) that doesn’t seem likely. So IMO the most likely to walk as an FA is Drew Miller.

Posted by Pulsar93 on 12/18/12 at 03:48 PM ET

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Can I cheat and use Tomas Holmstrom?  He’s currently an UFA and while I love the guy and never want his career to end, he’s probably run out of rope. Then again, it’s not like his game was ever built on athletic gifts.  If the injuries can be held off by limited minutes, again, and the spirit is willing, the body might still have value for the playoffs. 

Of the rest, Cleary is really the only candidate.  And I don’t think he’ll be back unless it’s at a significant discount, commensurate with his new role as a 3rd or 4th liner (his contract was made with him playing as a second liner in mind- and for a while he deserved it).

For Wings fan’s it’s basically down to Cleary, Filppula, Brunner, Mursak, Kindl, and White.  I think this was going to be a make or break year with Filppula as a wing rather than a center, but of the rest of those I think it’s kind’ve a tossup between Kindl and White.  White’s obviously better but he’s also the sort of guy who was maximizing his natural ability.  If he’s slipped any he could fall off a cliff.  Kindl was always borderline but at least he’s got the size advantage over White (not that Kindl’s the second coming of Pronger, or anything, but he’s not scaled to Electric Car size like White is).

If we were talking one more year deeper, the pool sure would open up:  Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Emmerton (drop them all), Eaves, Ericcson, Quincey, Colaiacovo.

I am aware that I’ve avoided considering the possibility of Jimmie Howard leaving (he’s UFA this coming off-season) but that’s just a willful denial.  You can’t make me consider it, either.  I refuse.  Take it or leave it. This is the hill I will die upon.  Cattle or no cattle.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 12/18/12 at 05:18 PM ET

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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/18/12 at 07:04 PM ET

I’ve got nothing against Miller and actually think he’s a gamer BUT he’s no Maltby. He’s as skinny as a small forward fer pete’s sake. Now, if he decided to put on 20-30 lbs I’d retract my statement.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 12/19/12 at 01:13 PM ET

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