Friday, June 29, 2007

Your Peerless Prognostos...where WILL they go??

Kevin Allen of USA Today lays out the free agency terrain as we get ready for the great land rush that begins noon Sunday...but where will they end up? Ah, that's where The Peerless comes in....

Looking at Allen's list, which is as good a place as any to start, let's look at the top-20:

1. Chris Drury – Los Angeles. San Jose was the early betting favorite, but Los Angeles looks to be stepping up late to make a splash. This would qualify as a splash.

2. Scott Gomez – New York Rangers. At least it has the advantage of saving on moving charges.

3. Ryan Smyth – New York Islanders. The Peerless suspects this one will have some suspense attached to might be a couple of days. But given that the Islanders are stubbornly hanging onto negotiating rights, in the end Smyth stays on the Island.

4. Daniel Briere – Philadelphia. This one qualifies as falling into the lap of the Flyers. There are intermittent stories of the Sabres' indifference to making a top offer.

5. Sheldon Souray – Los Angeles. Hey, they could use some offense from the blue line (he’s not being signed for being a stopper), they have money.

6. Peter Forsberg – retires. Even though the recent surgery on his nettlesome foot was characterized as “minor,” it’s the straw that broke the skater’s back.

7. Slava Kozlov – Detroit. He hates those toxic blue Thrasher uniforms.

8. Paul Kariya – Washington. The Capitals have some work to do to get to a $34.3 million floor. They have to spend money. Here is a chance. Nicklas Backstrom gets to center Alexander Semin and Paul Kariya to start the year. The other Alex asks, "hey, what about me; where's my center?"

9. Mathieu Schneider – Detroit. He’ll shop and shop and shop…and then he’ll think, “hey, Greektown is pretty cool.”

10. Michael Nylander – Chicago. After all the pre-opening chatter, this is a surprisingly hard one.

11. Brendan Shanahan – Rangers. There really is no other choice.

12. Brian Rafalski – New Jersey Devils. Losing him would be quite a blow – not a Scott Stevens blow, but a big one nonetheless.

13. Keith Tkachuk – St. Louis. They didn’t acquire his rights to let him walk.

14. Bill Guerin – Pittsburgh. They’re collecting wingers on the back side of their careers with the idea that somehow, that will fill the void on the wings.

15. Ladislav Nagy – New Jersey. Didn’t exactly endear himself to Stars fans; he’ll be a bargain.

16. Jason Blake – Minnesota. The Peerless just likes the idea of Blake in a red and green uniform….it’ll make him look like an elf at the North Pole.

17. Roman Hamrlik – I have no idea….The Peerless thought he retired.

18. Brad Stuart – Colorado. He’ll be on a stop over in Denver, and never leave….sort of the Viktor Navorski approach to free agency.

19. Scott Hannan – San Jose. Not all free agents change teams, no matter what rumors you read from Eklund.

20. Michal Handzus – St. Louis. Why? it a hunch.

…and for you Caps fans, no, Dainius Zubrus is not returning to Washington. Among the red, white, and blue clubs, he’ll end up in…Montreal.


Anonymous said...

The only solace I can take from your latest prognostication is that your track record has been...well, frankly, not so good. Let's see, the Caps need to address a major weakness at center, defense, and pick up a PP quarterback. Maybe, and I mean MAYBE, Boumedienne can fill in on the PP, but why would the Caps sign another LW? Yes, he shoots left (a major plus) and Semin can play RW, but I think that Semin is much better on the left. Can Kariya play on the right? I personally like Kariya, but it would be a curious move by the Caps.

This also basically ties GMGM's hands...he HAS to get his center and defenseman via trade. GMGM is a very patient and value-conscious trader; this will be the first time he is at a real disadvantage in the trade market. Every GM in the NHL would know that he desperately has to make a move. So my guess is that the Caps sign either a FA center (not necessarily first tier) and a good #3 d-man.


Anonymous said...

We're not signing Kariya. If Blake only gets 4 mil we better be the ones giving it to him. If you have his production at RW that allows you to get by with Comrie as the top C. Make Hannan the big D signing and I'm happy at those 3 additions.

Murshawursha said...

I'd actually really like to see Nylander come in to center OV. I'd take Blake or V. Kozlov at wing, and then Hannan. But as stacked as this team is at left wing, I don't see any reason for Kariya to sign here.