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Which NHL free agent will pull off the most shocking deal?
Tue, June 24, 2008

Top forwards slated for unrestricted free agency include Ryan Malone, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Peter Forsberg, Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra, Markus Naslund, Sean Avery, Radim Vrbata, Brendan Morrison, Kristian Huselius, Cory Stillman, Michael Peca and a long list of others.

Top defencemen slated for unrestricted free agency are Brian Campbell, Michal Rozsival, John-Michael Liles, Brad Stuart, Adam Foote, Mark Streit, Rob Blake, Brooks Orpik, Jason Smith, Dmitri Kalinin and Ron Hainsey.

Free agent goaltenders include Jose Theodore, Cristobal Huet and Ty Conklin. Ray Emery will also be a free agent.
Full story: Cream of free-agent crop

Which free agent will pull off the most shocking deal?



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Love the guy that said athletes are paid too much so he is going to watch a movie???

Hello!

Ever see what actors get...$5-20 million per flick- depending on the actor.

By the way don't watch a Disney Movie, Drink Coke or Molson, use the internet, buy gas, eat fast food or buy from IKEA-executives for those companies regularly pull in $10-50 million per year.

Enjoy life in a cave my friend. LOL
J-Lo, 2008-06-30 18:18:05

Pete,

If you think Hossa is better than Sundin you know as much about hockey as Tiger Woods.....Sundin is a top play maker who has not had a shooter to finish for him. He is one of the top faceoff men in the league and he is a top goal scorer. He has lead the Sweeds to olympic gold and is a quality hard working leader who has shown nothing but class his entire career.

Get off the glue....
Wayne, 2008-06-30 16:59:37

There sure is a lot of ranting about ticket prices on here. No offence to anyone but this is the same tune different chorus. Since when were escalating ticket prices a new issue. The cost of everything on the planet is going up. Players are paid what they are because owners continue to pay them.

As long as they(the owners) continue to set the market value then thats exactly what the players will get.. market value.

As for the most shocking deal. Well the fact that we could see a changing of the guard with Jagr, Sakic, Naslund or Sundin would certainly be shocking. Sakic leaving Colorado would be of the same magnitude on the Richter Scale as Gretzky leaving Edmonton for LA. (Thanks Janet, glad to see that movie career panned out for you).

Am I the only one who could care less about Sundin leaving Toronto? He has 14 year legacy of... hmmm... it will come to me... Well.. He did make being bald somewhat cool i suppose.

Timmy D
Timmy D, 2008-06-30 12:57:28

Pete - whatever drug it is that you're smoking is harming your thought process buddy. You must be a Sens fan lol

You think a point a game for an entire career does not make a super star? I totally agree with you about the Leafs having a crappy team for years. THAT'S what makes Sundin's accomplishments on the ice so remarkable! Sundin has carried this team on his back for years! Don't hate the player because you hate his team. Sundin deserves full marks for every point he has tallied because very few of them came easy with him playing on a sub par Leafs team!

Sundin owes the Leafs nothing! Why would he accept a trade to help the Leafs? If he's not going to be a member of the Leafs to help them improve? How retarded are you Pete? Who in their right mind accepts a trade to help the team? Why would Sundin give a crap about the Leafs once he's playing for someone else??

Talk about looking through rose coloured glasses! Give your head a shake.
cappthook, 2008-06-30 12:29:19

Marian Hossa will pull off the most shocking deal of all. It will be the most shocking deal because he hasn't proven to be a leader, he hasn't won a cup, and he is a fringe player who stays to the outside of the rink. He does not back check very well at all. He was offered and turned down a 7 year, $49 Million contract by Pittsburgh. Hell, Sidney Crosby does not even make that much, and look at how physical he plays at both ends of the rink! Salary inflation is what it's all about. It's not about merit anymore. What in the world has Marian Hossa ever achieved to warrant TOP Dollar? It’s not like he is Joe Sakic who has a great Stanley Cup resume, or Alexander Ovechkin who has won the Hart Trophy and league MVP and Rocket Richard Trophy.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-29 23:33:46

PETE:

You got the wrong guy.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-29 09:38:41

"Free" Agents? They may be free to choose where they will sign for the most money but, these are the players responsible for the exorbitant and prohibitive ticket prices. The lock-out was to have prevented all this escalating expense for the benefit of the fans. What a laugh! The fans are only an after-thought when all the other principals have been taken care of by being given their slice of the good life. It is becoming more and more evident that all professional sports are now the property of the rich and the fools who make the athletes richer, which are the fans. At one time, the NHL was a league for the common man who lived on a beer income. It has now become a league for champagne drinkers. It does not make any economic sense that someone who earns $15-$20 per hour to repeatedly shell out $120 and more for 2 hours of entertainment. That is a ratio of one day's work for 60 minutes of playing time! This is bad economics! The NHL clubs admit as much by the fact that they now offer “Season’s Tickets Mini Packs”.

It’s all about PR or Hype or Smoke and mirrors. With the escalation of the price of gasoline and the looming Carbon Taxes, God forbid, our North American lifestyle will never be the same except for the very rich. The Very rich never seem to be affected by higher living costs and higher taxes. This includes the Professional athletes. Stay Home people! Watch sports on TV or watch movies. I’m done with going to the stadium or to the arena. I need to save up for my RRSP so that I can avoid “Freedom 85”. LOL


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-29 02:19:26

"Free" Agents? They may be free to choose where they will sign for the most money but, these are the players responsible for the exorbitant and prohibitive ticket prices. The lock-out was to have prevented all this escalating expense for the benefit of the fans. What a laugh! The fans are only an after-thought when all the other principals have been taken care of by being given their slice of the good life. It is becoming more and more evident that all professional sports are now the property of the rich and the fools who make the athletes richer, which are the fans. At one time, the NHL was a league for the common man who lived on a beer income. It has now become a league for champagne drinkers. It does not make any economic sense that someone who earns $15-$20 per hour to repeatedly shell out $120 and more for 2 hours of entertainment. That is a ratio of one day's work for 60 minutes of playing time! This is bad economics! The NHL clubs admit as much by the fact that they now offer “Season’s Tickets Mini Packs”.

It’s all about PR or Hype or Smoke and mirrors. With the escalation of the price of gasoline and the looming Carbon Taxes, God forbid, our North American lifestyle will never be the same except for the very rich. The Very rich never seem to be affected by higher living costs and higher taxes. This includes the Professional athletes. Stay Home people! Watch sports on TV or watch movies. I’m done with going to the stadium or to the arena. I need to save up for my RRSP so that I can avoid “Freedom 85”. LOL


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-28 22:33:03

Why would he go to Montreal ? He should go to Detroit were the rest of Sweden is. He'll actually have a chance at a Cup there.
Bill F, 2008-06-28 11:05:00

paul

You must be a idiot leaf fan if you think sundin is a great player and a leader. Take off you rose coloured glasses and take a good hard look at his career. He hasnt done anything close to being called a super star. He averages slightly more than 1 whole point a game lol. Those are the types of stats a second line centre can put up. For the amount of ice time sundin gets as the number centre on the first line and number centre on the first power play unit those stats are brutal. Compare his stats to all the super stars centres and you will see he doesnt even come close to them. They should have traded him a few years ago, all the leafs are doing by keep bringing him back year after year after year is stalling the rebuilding process.

Ohh and by the way the real reason he didnt want to accept a trade at the deadline was because he wanted to pad his stats and break Sittlers records, what a selfish jerk. If he really cared about the leafs he would have accpeted a trade and helped the leafs get better from his trade with a number 1 draft pick and 1 good young prospect or two.

Hossa is a way better player than Sundin. Only a moron leaf fan would disagree. Hossa can actually play in his own end unlike sundin and the other 21 or 22 stiffs on that joke of a pro hockey team.

hey paul, when was the last time the make me laffs made the playoffs and how many more years will they miss them ? lol At least 3 or 4 and quite possibly 5. yea what a great leader your hero is you, good try though you clown
Pete, 2008-06-28 10:48:47

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