by PuckStopsHere on 07/09/13 at 01:17 AM ET
A few days ago I posted a 2013 All UFA Team. This is the best possible team you could acquire by buying free agents. This will be a team that will be paid above the upcoming salary cap without being a particularly strong team. In a best case this team might be able to make the playoffs but they will not be able to have a deep playoff run.
I have been posting these teams for several years and I am interested in how good the 2012 All UFA Team was in the 2013 season.
Here are the players that were on the team:
Jason Arnott St Louis Blues - did not play in NHL in 2013
Brad Boyes Buffalo Sabres - $1 million salary cap hit - 10 goals - 25 assists - 35 points
Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes - $5.3 million salary cap hit - 13 goals - 14 assists - 27 points
Jiri Hudler Detroit Red Wings - $4 million salary cap hit - 10 goals - 17 assists - 27 points
Kristian Huselius Columbus Blue Jackets - did not play in NHL in 2013
Jaromir Jagr Philadelphia Flyers - $4.5 million salary cap hit - 16 goals - 19 assists - 35 points
Olli Jokinen Calgary Flames - $4.5 million salary cap hit - 7 goals - 7 assists -14 points
Andrei Kostitsyn Nashville Predators - did not play in NHL in 2013
P.A. Parenteau New York Islanders - $4 million salary cap hit - 18 goals -25 assists - 43 points
Zach Parise New Jersey Devils - $7.538 million salary cap hit - 18 goals - 20 assists - 38 points
Dustin Penner Los Angeles Kings - $3.25 million salary cap hit - 2 goals - 12 assists - 14 points
Teemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks - $4.5 million salary cap hit - 12 goals - 12 assists - 24 points
Alex Semin Washington Capitals - $7 million salary cap hit - 13 goals - 31 assists - 44 points
Ray Whitney Phoenix Coyotes - $4.5 million salary cap hit - 11 goals - 18 assists - 29 points
Matt Carle Philadelphia Flyers - $5 million salary cap hit - 5 goals - 17 assists - 22 points
Carlo Colaiacovo St Louis Blues - $2.5 million salary cap hit - 0 goals - 1 assist -1 point
Jason Garrison Florida Panthers - $4.6 million salary cap hit - 8 goals - 8 assists - 16 points
Filip Kuba Ottawa Senators - $4 million salary cap hit - 1 goal - 9 assists - 10 points
Sami Salo Vancouver Canucks - $3.75 million salary cap hit - 2 goals - 15 assists - 17 points
Bryce Salvador New Jersey Devils - $3.167 million salary cap hit - 0 goals - 2 assists - 2 points
Ryan Suter Nashville Predators - $7.538 million salary cap hit - 4 goals -28 assists -32 points
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils - $4.5 million salary cap hit - 13 wins - 2.22 GAA - .901 saves percentage
Johan Hedberg New Jersey Devils - $1.4 million salary cap hit - 6 wins - 2.76 GAA - .883 saves percentage
This is not too bad a team. Ryan Suter could have won the Norris Trophy this season. Several players scored well at forward with Alex Semin and PA Parenteau scoring 44 and 43 points respectively and Jaromir Jagr, Brad Boyes and Zach Parise all well into the 30 points. In goal we have the New Jersey Devils pairing from 2013. They played all but forty something minutes of the New Jersey Devils goaltending.
The first problem with this team is that they cost $86.543 million in salary cap hit in 2013. This exceeds the $70.2 million salary cap that actually existed.
I expect this team would allow about as many goals as the New Jersey Devils did. They have the same goaltending. They have a better group of defenders with Ryan Suter leading the way. The forwards are not as strong defensively as the Devils as a group. Players like Olli Jokinen and Dustin Penner were defensively poor in 2013.
This team scored 150 goals and added 280 assists. Perhaps this is more than they would have had if they played together as a team because there is no defined checking line. A checking line would probably have lower scoring totals. The assist total implies even more goals than the goal total, so if I assume the goal total is approximately valid, we have a team that had similar totals to the Montreal Canadiens who had 149 goals scored and 126 goals allowed. This gave them 63 points, which was good for second seed in the East Conference. It was also only one point ahead of the Boston Bruins who went to the Stanley Cup final. I would argue that Montreal was lucky to win their division and finish ahead of Boston. This team is more likely a mid-seed in the East Conference. That isn't too bad for an All UFA Team. The problem is it exceeds the salary cap. It is a team that cannot be put together. If you tried to buy a group of these players, you probably had limited success. The clear counter-example was Minnesota who spent some big money on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. That was enough to turn an also ran team into a playoff team. They did the best with 2012 free agent signings. Most other teams did not have as much success. Will the 2013 All UFA Team be as good? I doubt it. There is no Ryan Suter level defenceman available on it.
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