Thursday, August 23, 2007


A friend recently sent me a list of RFA players next summer that could be potential targets for offer sheets. In light of what took place this summer there is a chance we could see more offer sheets in the future, so I thought it was noteworthy to pass along the list. There are some names on this list that I’m sure will be under contract before next summer, but if for some reason teams let time slip away the poachers will be ready. It will be interesting to see how GM’s will approach the situation. Will they be pro-active and make sure they tie up their RFA’s long before it becomes an issue? Will they take the arbitration route and take their chances there while protecting from offer sheets? Or will they role the dice and hope no one will walk through the door Kevin Lowe kicked open this summer? Any way you look at it the threat of offer sheets is like an 800lb gorilla in the room, you can choose to recognize it and react or choose to ignore it and hope it goes away. Here is the list:

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Tuomo Ruutu, Brent Seabrook, Wojtek Wolski, Dan Fritsche, Valtteri Filppula, Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Matt Carle, Christian Ehrhoff, Joe Pavelski, Brad Boyes, Kari Lehtonen, Mark Stuart, Brandon Bochenski, Paul Gaustad, Tim Gleason, Andrew Ladd, Jay Bouwmeester, Jaroslav Halak, Fedor Tyutin, Al Montoya, Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Andrej Meszaros, Patrick Eaves, R.J. Umberger, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Jussi Timonen, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kyle Wellwood, Matt Stajan, Alexander Steen, Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Eric Fehr, Boyd Gordon.

After looking over the list, it seems that the Ducks, Preds, Sharks, Sens, Flyers and Caps are the teams to keep an eye on to see what they do. While other teams have some key players on this list, it is the teams mentioned that have a few and the potential to have to make some tough choices. The list may dwindle down over the course of the season leading into next July, but there should still be enough names left come next summer to make things interesting. What do you think?

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