Jun 172008
 

Similar to yesterdays free agent defensemen list, here are this summers top free agent centers.

06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average
Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall
Daymond Langkow 30 CGY 1.45 1.04 1.27 1.30 1.07 1.20 1.24
Doug Weight 36 ANA 1.29 1.11 1.21 0.92 1.66 1.24 1.23
Martin Straka 34 NYR 1.22 1.32 1.26 1.15 1.01 1.08 1.17
Curtis Brown 31 SJS 0.84 1.04 0.95 1.28 1.36 1.33 1.14
Joe Sakic 37 COL 1.44 0.92 1.21 1.27 0.77 1.06 1.14
Chris Kelly 26 OTT 1.27 1.17 1.21 1.01 1.09 1.05 1.13
Mats Sundin 36 TOR 1.23 0.86 1.06 1.44 0.90 1.19 1.13
Sean Avery 27 NYR 1.13 1.07 1.10 1.21 0.97 1.09 1.10
Craig Conroy 35 CGY 1.05 1.04 1.05 1.17 1.09 1.13 1.09
Glen Metropolit 33 BOS 1.16 1.23 1.20 0.96 0.99 0.97 1.09
Brendan Morrison 31 VAN 1.09 0.94 1.02 1.08 1.15 1.11 1.07
Trevor Linden 37 VAN 0.97 1.12 1.05 0.80 1.33 1.08 1.07
Jason Williams 26 CHI 0.95 1.04 0.99 1.32 0.89 1.13 1.06
Randy Robitaille 31 OTT 1.13 0.94 1.04 1.14 1.01 1.08 1.06
Mike Peca 33 CLB 1.15 0.93 1.02 1.11 1.07 1.09 1.06
Dominic Moore 26 TOR 0.91 1.23 1.08 0.83 1.14 0.99 1.04
Vaclav Prospal 32 PHI 1.11 0.73 0.94 1.32 0.90 1.13 1.04
Patrick Rissmiller 28 SJS 0.98 1.14 1.07 0.73 1.14 0.95 1.01
Josef Vasicek 26 NYI 1.08 0.82 0.95 0.90 1.23 1.06 1.01
Bryan Smolinski 35 MTL 1.10 1.02 1.06 0.98 0.89 0.94 1.00
Stephane Yelle 33 CGY 1.12 0.99 1.05 0.56 1.27 0.95 1.00
Sergei Fedorov 37 WAS 1.05 0.94 1.00 0.92 1.07 0.99 1.00
Niko Kapanen 29 PHX 0.84 0.86 0.85 0.91 1.41 1.14 1.00
Jim Dowd 38 PHI 0.55 1.27 0.95 0.65 1.33 1.03 0.99
Yanic Perreault 36 CHI 1.10 0.94 1.03 0.98 0.90 0.94 0.99
Chris Gratton 31 TBL 1.09 0.93 1.01 1.03 0.81 0.93 0.97
Stu Barnes 36 DAL 0.96 1.07 1.02 0.75 1.04 0.91 0.97
Bobby Holik 36 ATL 1.02 0.93 0.97 1.00 0.89 0.95 0.96
Ryan Johnson 31 STL 0.80 0.88 0.84 0.75 1.22 1.02 0.93
Byron Ritchie 30 VAN 0.89 1.13 1.02 0.53 0.99 0.77 0.90
Marty Reasoner 30 EDM 0.79 0.94 0.87 0.96 0.87 0.91 0.89
Mike York 29 PHX 0.95 0.72 0.84 0.72 1.13 0.91 0.88
Jaroslav Hlinka 30 COL 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.18 1.11 1.14 0.00
Michael Ryan 27 BUF 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.79 1.14 0.97 0.00
Andreas Karlsson 31 TBL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.69 1.22 0.98 0.00
Peter Forsberg 33 COL 1.27 1.18 1.23 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

I think we can expect Daymond Langkow to re-sign in Calgary (apparently he has a verbal agreement which won’t be signed until the final salary cap figure gets announced) and Joe Sakic to re-sign in Colorado. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Forsberg stay in Colorado as well. The next best and most talked about center is Mats Sundin. Sundin keeps a pretty tight lip and no one really knows what he will do but it seems he wants to stay in Toronto or close to Toronto. Toronto, Detroit, Ottawa, and Montreal are the most likely destinations for Sundin but I wouldn’t count out Vancouver or a few other teams. My bet is he stays in Toronto if the Leafs can make a few quality changes in the roster. Otherwise he goes to Detroit.

Those of us in Ottawa believe Chris Kelly had an off year, but even though it wasn’t as good as 2006-07 it was still pretty good. Any team looking for a versatile two-way forward who can kill penalties with the best of them will do well picking up Kelly. Craig Conroy is another Kelly like player but might cost more. Mike Peca fits into this group as well.

Everyones favourite, or lease favourite pest, depending on your perspective, is Sean Avery and clearly his antics produce results on the ice. The questions with him are two fold: 1) How many teams will put up with his antics and possibly dressing room disruptions and 2) if he cuts back on some of his antics will he be the same productive player. Only time will tell.

There are a few other interesting players like Martin Straka, Brendan Morrison, Vaclav Prospal and Jason Williams but after that there is a lot of mediocrity.

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