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Unsigned UFAs as of August 1, 2010

   The question I pose is this: If an NHL GM were allowed to pick any of the NHL UFAs who were unsigned as of

August 1, 2010, is there enough talent in that group of players such that a GM could build a contender around them?

To avoid any possible hint of confusion: Yes, Kovalchuk is indeed an unsigned UFA on August 1, 2010. Yes, he is

unsigned. He counts. He is included. Count Kovalchuk in. Also, note the words, "build a contender around them."  That

means can these players serve as the foundation such that with trades, AHL signings, drafting, NCAA signings,

European League signings, and KHL signings, the GM would be able to have a team that is able to get to the playoffs

and go deep into the playoffs.  Also, to be absolutely certain there is no hint of misunderstanding,  the GM is not

required to win the Stanley Cup straight out of the box with the signings.

 

     My answer to that question is yes, as of August 1, 2010, among the group of human beings living on planet earth,

who were considered unsigned UFAs, they had sufficient talent that around them an NHL GM could build a contending

NHL team. Although permutations of players and lines are entirely proper, one set of lines includes the following as

version #1:

 

Maxim Afinogenov/ Mike Comrie/Ilya Kovalchuk

 

 

Ruslan Fedotenko/Eric Belanger/ Raffi Torres

 

Lee Stempniak/Kyle Wellwood/Clarke MacArthur

 

Evgeny Artyukhin/ Tim Kennedy/Jim Slater

 

Defensemen:

 

Shaone Morrisonn/Willie Mitchell

 

Andy Sutton/Brendan Bell

 

Jay McKee/ Marc-Andre Bergeron

 

Goalies:

Anti Niemi

 

Marty Turco


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