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 Post subject: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:24 am 
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There are two primo names in unrestricted free agency this season: John Tavares and John Carlson. Both might return to their teams or find money elsewhere.

Other big names:

Paul Stastny
James Van Riemsdyk
James Neal
Ilya Kovalchuk
Carter Hutton

Best of the rest:

Tyler Bozak
David Perron
Mike Green
Jack Johnson
Pat Maroon
Rick Nash
Ian Cole
Calvin De Haan
John Moore
Michael Kempny
Riley Nash
Derek Ryan
Leo Komarov
Anton Khudobin
Michael Grabner
Thomas Hickey
Kyle Brodziak

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 Post subject: Re: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:14 pm 
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Jan Kovar worth a spot on the UFA board? I feel like he was really hyped 2 years ago, but didn't come over from the KHL. Now he's a free agent after a down year. Only 28. Think he might be feeling the Shipachev cooling effect.

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 Post subject: Re: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:21 pm 
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I'm noticing a lot of teams are looking at FAs from overseas, if for no other reason than to fill in some depth spots with cheap talent they don't really have to develop.

I haven't heard much about Kovar, his name has popped up but there isn't a huge hype train or anything. It's not just Shippy, there was the Fabian Brunnstrom debacle that some remaining GMs remember, plus the fact that Nikita Zaitsev had a reasonably good year in Toronto, signed a hefty deal, and promptly imploded.


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 Post subject: Re: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:42 pm 
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Kovar checks a lot of boxes: RH centre, faceoff expert, PPG in Russia, thickly built.

But i wonder if NHL teams feel his speed and physique aren't necessarily up to par.

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 Post subject: Re: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:41 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
I'm noticing a lot of teams are looking at FAs from overseas, if for no other reason than to fill in some depth spots with cheap talent they don't really have to develop.

I haven't heard much about Kovar, his name has popped up but there isn't a huge hype train or anything. It's not just Shippy, there was the Fabian Brunnstrom debacle that some remaining GMs remember, plus the fact that Nikita Zaitsev had a reasonably good year in Toronto, signed a hefty deal, and promptly imploded.


Lest we forget Ville Leino!

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 Post subject: Re: Free Agency 2018
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:52 am 
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Sharks positioning to get in on Tavares offers?


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