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How Good Was The 2013 All UFA Team?

Now that we have seen the busiest of the 2014 free agent frenzy and many of the 2014 All UFA Team already have new teams, I am going to look back at the 2013 team in order to get an idea of how good it was.  If you built a team entirely out of the best free agents available last summer how good would they be and could they fit under the salary cap?

Here is a look at the 2013 All UFA Team and their successes in the 2013/14 season:

Forwards Sal Cap Hit Bonus GP G A P +/-
Daniel Alfredsson 3.5 mill 2 mill 68 18 31 49 +10
Danny Briere 4 mill   69 13 12 25 +1
David Clarkson 5.25 mill   60 5 6 11 -14
Matt Cooke 2.5 mill   82 10 18 28 +8
Valtteri Filppula 5 mill   75 25 33 58 +5
Nathan Horton 5.3 mill   35 4 14 18 -3
Jarome Iginla 1.8 mill 4.2 mill 78 30 31 61 +34
Vincent LeCavalier 4.5 mill   69 20 17 37 -16
Clarke MacArthur 3.25 mill   79 24 31 55 +12
Brenden Morrow 1.5 mill   71 13 12 25 +1
Mike Ribiero 5.5 mill   80 16 31 47 -13
Derek Roy 4 mill   75 9 28 37 -1
Teemu Selanne 2 mill   64 9 18 27 +8
Stephen Weiss 4.9 mill   26 2 2 4 -4
Defencemen              
Andrew Ference 3.25 mill   71 3 15 18 -18
Tom Gilbert 2.8 mill   73 3 25 28 -5
Scott Hannan 1 mill   56 3 9 12 +1
Filip Kuba Did Not Play            
Douglas Murray 1.5 mill   53 0 2 2 -12
Rob Scuderi 3.375 mill   53 0 4 4 -8
Ian White KHL            
Goaltenders     GP Wins GAA SvPct  
Ilya Bryzgalov 2.266 mill   32 12 2.68 .909  
Tim Thomas 2.5 mill 1.25 mill 48 18 2.88 .908  
Totals 69.691 mill 7.45 mill 1237 207 339 546 -14

Note that totals include only position players (except for salary).

This team has a $69.691 million salary cap hit, which exceeds the $64.3 million salary cap last season.  It further exceeded the cap by $7.45 million in bonuses which would come off of the 2014/15 cap.  Thus this team could not have existed in the NHL, but it comes closer to making the salary cap than many teams of the past. 

This team scored 207 goals on their NHL teams.  That is exactly the total the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota wild had in the NHL.  Their 339 assists is 1.64 times their goal total, which is consistent and thus makes 207 goals scored seem realistic.

Defensively this team is bad.  Tom Gilbert is their top defenceman and he is no front-liner.  Two of their defencemen did not play in the NHL at all.  Their goaltending is not too spectacular either.  Both were below average in the NHL last year and were traded mid-season.  This team would be among the worst in terms of goals against.  I expect they would allow 265-270 goals in a season.  This would make the team about -60 in goal differential.  Florida, Buffalo and Edmonton were the only teams that were worse last season.  These were the three worst teams in the NHL last season.  I expect this team would finish in the low 70's in terms of points, which would leave them 27th in the NHL.

Buying a team is a failing method in today's NHL.  You would have to pay more than the salary cap and in many cases have long term commitments to players.  The team would be bad.  Free agency is not a viable way to improve a team much.  You might have picked up a useful player in Jarome Iginla or Valterri Filppula, but more likely than not your money is not well spent.  Is this year's team any better?  Probably not, but time will tell.

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