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  • 06/17/2011, 11:14PM ET

Ranking Top NHL Free Agents

Argos. (184-101-29) vs Serial Dex (85-39-9)
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Rank them, that simple.

Don't even bother ranking Selanne or Lidstrom, cause they ain't leaving.

Only UFA.

#1 - Brad Richards

#2 - Kevin Bieksa

#3 - Tomas Vokoun

#4 - Christian Ehrhoff

#5 - Ilya Bryzgalov

#6 - Joni Pitkanen

#7 - Andrei Markov

#8 - Brooks Laich

#9 - Eric Brewer

#10 - Tomas Kaberle

#11 - Villie Leino

#12 - Ian White

#13 - James Wisniewski

#14 - Tomas Fleischmann

#15 - Alex Tanguay

#16 - Jussi Jokinen

#17 - Jason Arnott

#18 - Erik Cole

#19 - Simon Gagne

#20 - Anton Babchuk

#21 - Scottie Upshall

#22 - Chad Larose

#23 - Joel Ward

#24 - Sean Bergenheim

#25 - Chris Higgins

#26 - Pascal Dupuis

#27 - Bryan McCabe

#28 - Andy Greene

#29 - Steve Sullivan

#30 - Raffi Torres


* Denotes a move

#1 - Brad Richards

#2 - Tomas Vokoun *

#3 - Ilya Bryzgalov *

I think you have to put these guys ahead of Bieksa. Both these goalies are game changers. Vokoun is one of the most underrated goalies in the league. Bryzgalov has turned the hapless Coyotes into a threat on any given night. Bieksa is barely a first pairing defender. He had a great post season, but that doesn't make up for a marginal career.

#4 - Kevin Bieksa *

#5 - Christian Ehrhoff *

#6 - Joni Pitkanen

#7 - Andrei Markov

#8 - Brooks Laich

#9 - Eric Brewer

#10 - Tomas Kaberle

#11 - Villie Leino

#12 - Simon Gagne *

#13 - James Wisniewski

#14 - Tomas Fleischmann

#15 - Alex Tanguay

#16 - Jussi Jokinen

#17 - Jason Arnott

#18 - Erik Cole

#19 - Joel Ward

#20 - Anton Babchuk

#21 - Scottie Upshall

#22 - Chad Larose

#23 - Ian White *

#24 - Sean Bergenheim

#25 - Chris Higgins

#26 - Pascal Dupuis

#27 - Bryan McCabe

#28 - Andy Greene

#29 - Steve Sullivan

#30 - Raffi Torres


Bryzgalov ranked 11th in the NHL in save percentage. Not bad, but not exactly a game changer on a team that plays the trap more than any other team under Dave Tippet. But what is more concerning is his playoff play. Each of the last two season he let his team down, playing below his standard, and not appearing to have his head in the game letting in really bad goals, especially in elimination games.

Bryzgalov's playoff numbers each of the last two seasons:
.906 SV%, 3.44 GAA and .879 SV%, 4.36 GAA

Tomas Vokoun on the other hand is underrated, but again only rated 10th in the NHL in SV%. He is also old, will be 35 July 2nd, so not sure how much longer he has to play. Especially considering the Panthers only played him 57 games last season because he needed the rest at his age.

There is also the question of how he will play under pressure? He has played in Florida, no media coverage, little fans, and hasn't played a meaningful game since 2007.


Kevin Bieksa is a player that plays 22+ minutes a game (over 25 in the playoffs), and plays in all situations. Is tough, AND a puck-moving D-men, the toughest type of player to find in the NHL.


Ahh "the trap" accusation to deny Bryzgalove his due.

Last year he faced 2125 shots, good for 3rd most in the NHL. He played in fewer games than Lehtonen and Kipper, but faced more shots. He had the same games played as Lundqvist, but had more shots.

He went 36-20 with a .921 save % and posted 7 shutouts. You think he is mediocre? 2 wins off the league lead, tied for 4th in SO and better save % than guys like Miller, Fleury and Kipper (just to name a few).

Vokoun had a .922% and posted 6 shutouts, but still he had more losses than wins.

That's how bad the Panthers were this year. They had injuries, traded away their best players and had no defense to start with. Your argument against him is "he plays in Florida so has no pressure" which I find fairly weak. I doubt he would fade in the spotlight. He'd probably be relieved and happy to play for a better team.

Bieksa had his first good season this year since 2006. Prior to this year he's been a negative player 4 of 6 seasons and 1 of the positive years was simply +1

He's missed 40 games in the last 2 seasons because of injury though. Something other teams will think about


Trap teams ALWAYS face a lot of shots. However, the key to the trap is keeping the shots from the outside, which are much easier to stop. If you look at other teams that play the trap, or have, lets compare the shots. Just look at Thomas, playing on a trap style team, and he faced 30 shots a game (2 more than Bryzgalov). Broduer, on the notorious trapping Devils, since the lookout has been in the top 2 in shots three times.

Bryzgalov chocked in the playoffs, was medicore/middle of the pack placing 11th in SV%.

And if Florida is so bad, how come their backup goalie still managed to post a respectable .911 SV% and 2.62 GAA.
Vokoun is old, hasn't played a pressure situation.


Gagne vs. White

Gagne has only had 17 goals each of the last two years, and 40 points. Never once in his 11 year career has he played a full season. He is already 31.

Ian White is only 27, has averaged at least 20 minutes a game each of the last three seasons, and over 22 three of the last three seasons. Like Bieksa, he is tough, but also a puck-moving defenseman, the toughest player to find in hockey.

White is one of the most underrated NHL players.


Ward was moved up four spots because of his stellar playoff performance this year. He averaged just over a point a game for the Preds. Nashville played a lot of 1-0, 2-1 games and he still managed to get 13 pts in 12 games.

I think he could use the big stage as a stepping stone. He obviously isn't a first line player, but I had to move Gagne up and White down.

Ian White was traded away from the Leafs as collateral damage when they traded all those players to Calgary for Phaneuf. He went on to record a -3 rating in Calgary before they had enough of his garbage and sent him to Carolina. The Hurricanes had enough of his garbage after 39 games and sent him to SJ.

In two years, White played for 4 teams!! You can't seriously have this guy listed as #12 on your wish list.

You have him ahead of Jussi Jokinen, who has averaged 58 pts in the last 2 seasons (a very solid 2nd line scorer), Simon Gagne (who is streaky, but has 66 or more pts in 4 of the last 9 seasons) and Alex Tanguay (who hs 6 seasons over 66 pts).

White is now a journeyman and is not deserving of a top 12 placement in free agent bonanza.

June 17, 2011  11:18 PM ET

Id put Bergenheim in the top 10.

June 17, 2011  11:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Id put Bergenheim in the top 10.

Really good playoffs, but still a 3rd line player.

June 17, 2011  11:28 PM ET

Quite the deep market this year....

June 17, 2011  11:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Quite the deep market this year....

Not ver top heavy. Lots of serviceable players, but only one true all-star every year type player in Richards.

June 17, 2011  11:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Not ver top heavy. Lots of serviceable players, but only one true all-star every year type player in Richards.

*very

June 17, 2011  11:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Not ver top heavy. Lots of serviceable players, but only one true all-star every year type player in Richards.

Not so much with big names that demand giant contracts but but alot of talent to complete second and third lines and quality defenseman...good role players

June 18, 2011  12:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Really good playoffs, but still a 3rd line player.

I think hes going to get good money.

June 18, 2011  01:02 AM ET

I'd do this if it weren't 30. That's way too many. No way to argue that many changes.

June 18, 2011  01:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'd do this if it weren't 30. That's way too many. No way to argue that many changes.

Ya, i just did like 5. Gotta keep it short

June 18, 2011  01:15 AM ET

specially when you cant argue in the first argument, with so many players taking up space

June 18, 2011  06:36 AM ET

Isn't Parise a free agent??

June 18, 2011  06:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Isn't Parise a free agent??

Never mind... I think he's a Restricted FA

June 18, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Bump.

June 18, 2011  01:35 PM ET

Argos why isn't Kaberle number 1? Is it because he isn't a Leaf anymore? :-p

June 18, 2011  02:50 PM ET

1) Richards
2) Christian Ehrhoff
3) Ilya Bryzgalov
4) Kevin Bieksa
5) Thomas Vokoun

I'd probably put Markov down below Kaberle there at 11 or 12. He's injury prone and overrated.

June 18, 2011  03:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Argos why isn't Kaberle number 1? Is it because he isn't a Leaf anymore? :-p

If the Leafs sign him, he will be #1 in the updated version....

:-)

June 18, 2011  04:06 PM ET

bump again.

June 18, 2011  05:49 PM ET

Will wait until all arguments are said but good comeback by Dex.

June 18, 2011  06:31 PM ET

Curious vote?

06/18/11 04:28 - Bolts to charge voted

This member has one comment (which I could not find) since last November.

 
June 18, 2011  11:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Never mind... I think he's a Restricted FA

he is restricted

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