by PuckStopsHere on 06/30/11 at 03:12 PM ET
The free agent frenzy begins in less than a day. Every year, I like to make a 23 man roster of the best of the upcoming unrestricted free agent class. Here is last year’s team. This allows me to look at how good a team one can buy each summer. Usually the All UFA Team signs for well over the salary cap and produces like a non-playoff team. This goes to show that you must produce talent internally to win in the NHL today. There is no quick way to buy a team. Some of the players on the team may be only UFAs in name only in that they will re-sign with their current team if they stay in the NHL. This is my pick of the best possible team that can be made of UFA players.
There still is time for a player or two on this team to sign with the team that holds his negotiating rights before noon eastern time on July 1st when the market opens up. Should that happen, I will update the team.
Here is the 2011 All UFA Team:
Jason Arnott Washington Capitals
Sean Bergenheim Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Cole Carolina Hurricanes
Tim Connolly Buffalo Sabres
Tomas Fleischman Colorado Avalanche
Simon Gagne Tampa Bay Lightning
Ville Leino Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Michael Ryder Boston Bruins
Teemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks
Maxime Talbot Pittsburgh Penguins
Raffi Torres Vancouver Canucks
Scott Upshall Columbus Blue Jackets
Radim Vrbata Phoenix Coyotes
Anton Babchuk Calgary Flames
Roman Hamrlik Montreal Canadiens
Scott Hannan Washington Capitals
Ed Jovanovski Phoenix Coyotes
Tomas Kaberle Boston Bruins
Bryan McCabe New York Rangers
Ian White San Jose Sharks
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Toronto Maple Leafs
Tomas Vokoun Florida Panthers
This is a particularly weak All UFA Team. It is a weaker class of free agents than in years past. Brad Richards and Tomas Vokoun are potential game breakers, but this is not a particularly deep bunch. This season would be a bad one to try to build via free agency.
** Jussi Jokinen was a member of this team when it was first published, but he has re-signed with Carolina and has had to be replaced on the team. Christian Ehrhoff has signed in Buffalo and has also been replaced on this team. Sami Salo has re-signed with Vancouver and has thus been replaced on the team as well. James Wisniewski signed in Columbus. He is likely the last player that needs to be replaced on this team before the opening of the free agent market.
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