Jun 162008
 

In preparation for the off season, over the next few days I am going to be posting lists of most of the NHL unrestricted free agents that played fairly reguler roles in the NHL last season. In my lists I am including the player offense, defense and overall ratings that can be found at stats.hockeyanalysis.com for 2006-07 and 2007-08 plus each players two year average overall rating.

It should be noted that these ratings do not take into account ice time, just how they performed in the ice time they got. Clearly some of these players played far more significant roles with their teams than some other similarly rated players but I think these ratings should give an indication of what each player is capable of. It also might point out players that just posted big numbers either because they got a lot of ice time or just played with really good line mates as these ratings do factor in who each player has played with and against. I’ll also point out that the more ice time a player plays the more reliable the ratings are. For players who played a lot over the past couple seasons you will generally find the lowest season to season difference in the ratings.

So lets start out with defensemen. After the table I will post a few of my thoughts.

06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average
Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall
Marek Malik 32 NYR 1.33 1.32 1.32 1.19 1.22 1.21 1.27
Brian Campbell 28 SJS 1.40 1.07 1.25 1.26 0.92 1.10 1.18
Keith Carney 37 MIN 1.19 1.25 1.22 0.99 1.19 1.09 1.16
John-Michael Liles 26 COL 1.28 1.05 1.18 1.15 0.98 1.08 1.13
Michal Rozsival 28 NYR 1.12 1.30 1.21 1.03 1.06 1.04 1.13
Jassen Cullimore 34 FLA 1.22 0.85 1.01 1.11 1.33 1.23 1.12
Mark Streit 29 MTL 1.20 0.86 1.05 1.31 0.93 1.15 1.10
Chris Chelios 45 DET 0.85 1.23 1.07 0.97 1.25 1.13 1.10
Wade Redden 30 OTT 1.26 0.87 1.08 1.35 0.86 1.12 1.10
Kurt Sauer 26 COL 0.97 1.00 0.98 1.20 1.22 1.21 1.10
Jan Hejda 29 CLB 0.87 1.06 0.97 1.15 1.26 1.21 1.09
Jaroslav Modry 36 PHI 1.04 1.29 1.17 0.98 0.94 0.96 1.07
Paul Mara 27 NYR 0.98 1.06 1.02 0.88 1.29 1.08 1.05
Bryce Salvador 31 NJD 0.93 0.96 0.95 1.22 1.08 1.14 1.05
Steve Montador 27 FLA 0.84 1.15 1.00 1.14 1.03 1.08 1.04
Matt Walker 27 STL 1.05 1.13 1.09 0.94 1.03 0.99 1.04
David Hale 26 CGY 0.87 1.26 1.07 0.82 1.18 1.00 1.04
Patrice Brisebois 36 MTL 1.05 0.92 0.99 0.83 1.30 1.05 1.02
Freddy Meyer 26 NYI 0.94 1.12 1.03 1.05 0.97 1.01 1.02
Karel Rachunek 27 NJD 1.09 0.93 1.01 1.07 0.97 1.02 1.02
Andreas Lilja 31 DET 1.17 0.98 1.06 0.93 0.98 0.96 1.01
Dmitri Kalinin 26 BUF 1.26 0.97 1.11 0.76 1.06 0.91 1.01
Mike Weaver 29 VAN 0.93 0.89 0.91 0.82 1.33 1.09 1.00
Petteri Nummelin 34 MIN 0.94 0.92 0.93 1.00 1.10 1.05 0.99
Jim Vandermeer 27 CAL 0.92 0.93 0.93 0.93 1.15 1.04 0.99
Brad Stuart 27 DET 1.19 0.80 0.98 1.10 0.88 0.99 0.99
Jason Smith 33 PHI 0.96 0.94 0.95 0.96 1.06 1.01 0.98
Steve McCarthy 26 ATL 1.14 1.39 1.24 0.51 0.92 0.72 0.98
Mike Commodore 27 OTT 1.16 0.86 1.00 1.06 0.86 0.95 0.98
Ron Hainsey 26 CLB 0.94 1.02 0.98 0.89 1.05 0.96 0.97
Adam Foote 35 COL 0.70 1.03 0.87 0.88 1.20 1.05 0.96
Mark Eaton 30 PIT 0.85 0.87 0.86 0.96 1.10 1.04 0.95
Rob Blake 37 LAK 0.98 0.90 0.94 1.04 0.82 0.93 0.94
Doug Janik 27 TBL 1.02 0.84 0.93 0.73 1.13 0.93 0.93
Aaron Miller 35 VAN 0.86 0.92 0.89 0.94 0.96 0.95 0.92
Sean Hill 37 MIN 1.14 0.99 1.06 0.84 0.68 0.76 0.91
Andrei Zyuzin 29 CHI 0.67 1.15 0.92 0.88 0.73 0.81 0.87
Jeff Finger 27 COL 0.00 0.00 1.27 0.96 1.11 0.00
Luke Richardson 38 OTT 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.01 1.06 1.04 0.00
Nolan Pratt 31 BUF 0.00 0.00 0.76 1.27 1.03 0.00
Mike Mottau 29 NJD 0.00 0.00 0.84 1.15 0.99 0.00
Sandis Ozolinsh 34 SJS 0.00 0.00 1.11 0.78 0.97 0.00
Magnus Johansson 33 FLA 0.00 0.00 0.95 0.95 0.95 0.00
Bryan Berard 30 NYI 0.00 0.00 0.84 0.94 0.88 0.00
Dick Tarnstrom 32 CLB 0.00 0.00 0.82 0.91 0.86 0.00
Alexei Semenov 26 SJS 0.00 0.00 0.74 0.83 0.78 0.00
Teppo Numminen 38 BUF 1.36 0.96 1.16 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

In my opinion the potential steal of the defense free agent crop could be Marek Malik. His play dropped off a bit last year but he always seems to get it done defensively dating back to his days in Vancouver. His +/- ratings the past 5 seasons are +23, +35, +28, +32 and +7. But because he had a bit of an off year last year he could be had for a very reasonable price.

A defenseman to be real cautious on is Ron Hainsey of the Blue Jackets. Statistically he had a very good year in Columbus but my ratings rate him as average at best. There is talk that he might command upwards of $4-5 million but that would likely be a huge mistake. This is a guy who benefited from playing a big role on a weak team.

Mark Streit and Wade Redden might be identical players. Too bad for the team that pays Redden as if he were a well rounded defenseman as opposed Mark Streit who might earn half of what Redden will get more as a PP specialist.

Carney and Chelios show that getting old doesn’t mean getting bad. Their roles and overall contribution have diminished but in the right role they can still contribute to good teams.

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