by PuckStopsHere on 07/04/13 at 03:37 PM ET
Every year I like to make a team of the best possible players available via unrestricted free agency. Here is last season's team.
Generally the point to the team is to show that you cannot build a team via free agency. Even if you signed all of the best free agents available, you still wouldn't have a top team and you would have exceeded the salary cap significantly. As obvious as that lesson may be, NHL teams have not learned it. The Calgary Flames are a bottom-feeding team that appears to want to rebuild with free agents.
This year our team includes players who reached UFA status by normal circumstances and players who got bought out by their former teams. I will include Vincent LeCavalier because he was a free agent this summer due to a contract buyout who signed before the deadline for other free agents to sign.
Here is the 2013 All UFA Team:
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
Danny Briere Philadelphia Flyers
David Clarkson New Jersey Devils
Matt Cooke Pittsburgh Penguins
Valtteri Filppula Detroit Red Wings
Nathan Horton Boston Bruins
Jarome Iginla Pittsburgh Penguins
Vincent LeCavalier Tampa Bay Lightning
Clarke MacArthur Toronto Maple Leafs
Brenden Morrow Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike Ribiero Washington Capitals
Derek Roy Vancouver Canucks
Teemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks
Stephen Weiss Florida Panthers
Andrew Ference Boston Bruins
Tom Gilbert Minnesota Wild
Scott Hannan San Jose Sharks
Filip Kuba Florida Panthers
Douglas Murray Pittsburgh Penguins
Rob Scuderi Los Angeles Kings
Ian White Detroit Red Wings
Ilya Bryzgalov Philadelphia Flyers
Tim Thomas New York Islanders
This team has some aging but useful forwards. It is a very weak group of defencemen. It has two goaltenders who are potentially quite strong but both contain significant question marks. How good will this team be? Probably not very good. We shall see.
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