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How Good Was The 2010 All UFA Team

As teams will soon begin to bid on unrestricted free agents in earnest in a short time,  I took a look at what is out there yesterday with my 2011 All UFA Team.  To get an idea of what this team might look like this season, let’s look at last year’s team and assess how good that team would have been.  Here was last year’s team.  Of the 23 players, 19 played in the NHL.  Maxim Afinogenov, Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov played on in the KHL and Paul Kariya took the season off to attempt to recover from concussions and eventually retired.

Here are the 2010 members of the All UFA team with their statistics and salary cap hits from last season:

2010 All UFA Team Forwards
Cap Hit (Millions)  
Maxim AfinogenovKHL--


Colby Armstrong3508


Pavol DemitraKHL--


Alexander Frolov3437


Olli Jokinen37917


Paul KariyaDNP--


Saku Koivu2.57515


Ilya Kovalchuk6.66678131


Matthew Lombardi3.520


Alexei Ponikarovsky3.2615


Vaclav Prospal2.48299


Teemu Selanne4.57331


Marek Svatos0.8284


Ray Whitney37517


2010 All UFA Team Defencemen
Cap Hit (Millions)  
Sergei Gonchar5.5677


Dan Hamhuis4.5646


Pavel Kubina3.85794


Paul Martin5773


Zbynek Michalek4735


Henrik Tallinder3.375825


Anton Volchenkov4.25570


Totals for Position Players 1095 GP 174 G 347 A

2010 All UFA Team Goaltenders
Cap Hit (Millions)  
Save Percentage 
Chris Mason1.85133.93


Evgeni Nabokov0.57KHL-


This team has a total salary cap hit of $68.54 million.  Given the NHL salary cap was $59.4 million, this team could not have existed in the NHL framework.  It is slightly over 15% too expensive to be assembled.  This team scored a total of 174 goals.  This value ties the New Jersey Devils as the lowest scoring team in the NHL last year.  They did put up 347 assists, which is a very high total for 174 goals.  It implies a goal total around 190 goals or so, which could still be second worst in the league.  Defensively this team is harder to assess.  Their goaltending is awful.  Evgeni Nabokov did not play in the NHL last year (and he played well enough in the KHL to be asked to not come back despite a longterm contract).  Chris Mason was one of the worst goalies in the league last year.  The goaltenders would allow a lot of goals.  The defence contains a few players who had successful years limiting offensive chances.  Dan Hamhuis is the best example of this and Paul Martin is not too bad.  The forward unit lacks anyone with strong defensive skills.  Ilya Kovalchuk and Olli Jokinen played very poor defence this season and played quite a bit of ice time, so they won`t help keep goals against down.  This team would likely have one of the highest goals against in the league.

I think the 2010 All UFA team could be a last place finisher in the 2010/11 NHL.  If not they would finish very near last place.  That is a really poor showing for an All UFA Team.  The 2009 team’ would likely have been a borderline playoff/non-playoff team.  This team is significantly worse and that wasn`t entirely obvious last summer.  This year`s UFA class looks even weaker than in previous years.  It is quite possible that it could be even worse than this team.


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Bossy_Rules's avatar

Less for more.  When will they learn.

Makes me wonder if all these teams are really in as poor financial condition as they claim.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 07/02/11 at 12:47 AM ET

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