Bargain Shopping: Remaining UFA Forwards

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NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: (l-r) Brendan Shanahan, Bill Daly and Colin Campbell confer during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The summer is starting to crawl into the dog days of hockey season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any value left on the free agent market for teams to consider.

Late last summer, the Maple Leafs invited Mason Raymond out to training camp without a contract. He ended up signing for a paltry $1,000,000 (by NHL standards) and producing 19 goals and 45 points. With that in mind, here are a few possible value buys among the players still without a job.

*Note: I’m not claiming every player listed is a fit for the Leafs specifically. This is just a rundown of what is still out there.

Daniel Winnik, LW/C

29 years old, 6’2, 6Gs-24As-30PTS in 76 games, 47.6% CF
Primarily a winger, Winnik can also sub in at C on occasion and provide secondary scoring along with penalty killing. He didn’t get one point on the power play last season, but four of his 30 were recorded while shorthanded. Winnik’s point total this year was a career high, but he has consistently been able to play a checking role, not get completely dominated in doing so, and chip in some even strength scoring over the course of is career. He also adds some size to any bottom 6 as he is well over 200 pounds.

David Moss, RW

Turning 33 in December, 6’4, 8Gs-14As-22PTS in 79 games, 52.2% CF
Moss is very similar to Winnik in that he is a good checking winger who can hold his own in a defensive role, produce in even strength minutes at a reasonable rate, kill penalties, and bring some size. The difference with Moss is that he’s older, taller, and has more of a scoring pedigree. He has 17 and 20 goal seasons under his belt, and really if he stayed healthy in Calgary he would have had a pretty productive career as a Flame. Not that it matters, but Moss is also cousins with Phil Kessel.

David Booth, LW

Turning 30 in November, 6’0, 9Gs-10As-19PTS in 66 games, 52% CF
Leafs fans might remember Booth because the Leafs coveted him way back when, when they traded Bryan McCabe to the Panthers. He has had injuries problems since then that have derailed his career, but he remains solid at forechecking, cycling, and driving the net. When he came back from his major concussion he did have a 23 goal season the following year, before getting traded to Vancouver where he had a 16 goal season. He might still have some scoring left in him. Although he is 6’0 flat, he is thick, as he’s listed as over 210 pounds. Of interest to Leafs fans is that he’s had success with Santorelli in both Florida and Vancouver.

Devin Setoguchi, RW

27 years old, 6’2, 11Gs-16As-27PTS in 75 games, 49% CF
Setoguchi had 27 points in the lockout-shortened season a year before in Minnesota, and is still a relatively young player at only 27 years old. “Seto” has a good shot and is able to beat goalies from the top of the circle; last year’s 8.5% shooting percentage was well below his career average 11.3%. He has some speed and hustle to create turnovers, and he’s had 20 or more goals three times, as well as  one 19-goal year. He has never scored less than 10 goals in an NHL season and that includes his 44 game rookie year and the lockout season.

Ryan Carter, LW

Turning 31 this year, 6’1, 7Gs- 3As- 10PTS in 62 games, 51.2% CF
Carter isn’t anything special, but he brings a lot of things to the table that good teams need from the bottom of the roster. He kills penalties, is physical, can chip in a few odd goals, and he draws penalties which is a nice perk (+10 penalty differential last year). Signing guys out of Jersey is always a little frightening because their system seems to cater to this type of player (see Clarkson, David) but he brings more than a few things to the table and is a pretty under the radar player on the whole.

There are quite a few “name” omissions such as Steve Ott, Ray Whitney, Ryan Malone, Ville Leino, Dany Heatley, Mike Ribeiro and Dustin Penner, but this aforementioned group is  some combination of old, unproductive, disinterested, and/or an off-ice problem. I chose not to list them. Lee Stempniak might make a good depth signing for some team, but we all know about him by this point.

That’s that for the forwards. Later on we’ll take look at a few defensemen.

 

Tuesday Links:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    Nicely done, as always. Looking forward to defencemen.

    The roster comparison sums it up. We got better at forward and none of Nonis bashers can change that. I think the roster needs one more UFA, because there are some question marks and also we have to keep in mind inevitable injuries. I would prefer a veteran forward. Does Morrow still has it?
    It is too soon to evaluate defencemen as we have some RFAs at the position. If Franson is gone then the lineup definitely needs one more UFA in addition to a Marlie promotion.
    Speaking in Franson, I remember him doing this

    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=197793

    on the offensive blueline to keep PP setup alive. He has talent. With some speed gain in the offseason he could become really useful… don’t the Leafs have that awesome skating coach? Or do I try to see something which is not there?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Well done AP.  Lots of good info regarding potential add ons.
    Those Nylander instagrams have me jonesing for more.

  • Loric76

    Thanks AP.

    Interesting that Mueller didn’t make your list.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Guess nobody is heading down to Prospects on-ice sessions.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I like this from the Toronto Sun article:
     During their prospects camp, the Edmonton Oilers spent a night in the wilderness with no shelter, foraging for food and water, supervised by a U.S. Army Ranger who is a veteran of the Middle East conflicts …

  • wendelsfist

    Penner might be an option too just for his size but I don’t think he wants another 1 year cheap deal

  • MaxwellHowe

    Really sensible list Anthony.  I’d be satisfied with the Leafs lineup as it is – not sure who gets kncoke out of the lineup if one of those guys are signed.  The best option up there may be Winnick, but then Ashton is probably the odd man out.

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe “no need to play the kids, we’ll just roll with vets” – Pat Quinn & JFJ

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe Seriously tho, it’s tempting with some of these guys out there but they’re all misfits from other teams.  We don’t need more than we need.

  • wendelsfist

    The problem with “playing the kids’ is if too many veterans go down with injury like at centre last year I’m not sure a team that is made up of soft, young and smaller and physically less developed inexperienced kids makes for a good hockey team.   Obviously there is some right balance needed.

  • lister

    MaxwellHowe I roll my eyes at stuff like that. What really is the point of that? And do you seriously think whatever that point is, is achieved?

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. I see it’s going to be a very slow news summer. 
    The Nylander videos are verging on trolling. Did Phook put you up to it. LOL
    and Traikios, Snap the hell out of it. Half the roster has changed and the right half IMO has been swapped out. Well it’s what I expect of Toronto Sports Media. The writers arrogantly have a story to tell and they will be damned to let the facts get in the way of telling their version of the story.
    Maybe the National post should take a page from the Leafs and clean house in the Sports department.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks, And thanks AP, But for my money, I am waiting for the Trade/trades. I understand we need some scoring, I think Franson will bring us a piece.

    Lets sit and wait for the Right trade, if its not their now, Save the Cap, and wait for the Right one, We are trading from a Position of Strengh, we have 4 legit right side D.

  • vinoa

    lister MaxwellHowe It’s Edmonton…this is how they prepare for the season. “If you can make it in the wild, you can play for the Oilers”.

  • dlb Mad

    “deck chairs” has become the catch phrase of 2014 apparently

  • Hmmm

    wendelsfist The 4th line are the “kids” but they all have some NHL experience.  The more experience they get, the more depth we’ll have later in the season when it’s needed the most.  Maybe just don’t ice them at the same time with rookie D assuming we make a call up.

  • Joe_17

    4th day without power here in NS. Mother in law is visiting, kids are getting ansty…no shower, no shitter, no TV, no internet…creeping up on the precipice of my sanity!

    Never looked so forward to coming to work!

  • dlb Mad

    National Post link is 10 days old :S

  • dlb Mad

    CanuckUKinToronto
    if he was we would all have him in our lineups.  but he seems to be missing from all of them.

  • Jmessih

    Morning everyone,
    Good read AP.
    Will be interesting to see what the Leafs do in turns of potentially adding 1 more forward, and figuring out what to do with the D. They need 1 more LD (preferably not a third pairing guy), and they need to figure out a silution for Cody Franson (trading him preferably).

  • lister

    vinoa lister MaxwellHowe It has certainly shown on the ice hasn’t it?

  • dlb Mad

    lister
    it’s team building
    gets players out of their comfort routine and into something different.  it’s stimulating.
    gives them something to talk about later on as well.  guys that normally wouldn’t talk have something to relate to now.

  • dlb Mad

    Kouba 
    no more UFA unless we’re suddenly short some players due to a 2 for 1 trade that brings in a new shiny toy

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Franson will lead our D in points this season.  Book it.

  • dlb Mad

    “OHL coaches, writers and peers recognized him as the top shootout threat in the circuit, second best penalty killer and third smartest player.”
    hint: not Kyle Wellwood

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    TuckerForPunishment he already did, two seasons in a row

  • Jmessih

    How dare you!!

  • peterbleafs

    I hope we sign none of the above guys.  Am good with what we have now.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    dlb Mad Connor Brown, too easy

  • peterbleafs

    CanuckUKinToronto Yeah but in his last contract year then he is history.  Their mistake was Brooks Orpik at $5million.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Les Stroud wasn’t available?  He’s worked with NHLers before.

  • lister

    dlb Mad lister Meh, such a stupid exercise for “team building.” Even worse when businesses do it.

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb I bet there is more of a Market than people here want to beleive :)

    That being said, there is always a Sucker GM out there :)

  • Mind Bomb

    Joe_17 Ouch Joe, Time to bank some overtime :)

  • peterbleafs

    Jmessih Do you really think we need to add one more forward?  I think if one presents itself at a great price sure…but need…nah…we have young players that need ice time and development time.

  • Mcost61

    That LD hole on the propoed line up, do we have anyone who would be adequate there?

  • lister

    Joe_17 Could be worse… It could be winter. :-p

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Joe_17 Worst time to lose power is mid July.  .  At lest in the winter garbage, food, and buckets of urine and feces will freeze.

  • peterbleafs

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Oh wah wah wah wah.. Stop crying…team is fine now.  Just get rid of the coach.

  • lister

    TuckerForPunishment Joe_17 Unless you have a non-electrical powered source of heat, so will you!

  • Jmessih

    Potentially adding 1 more forward. I don’t really think we need to, but having an extra NHL forward on the cheap is not a bad thing (barring he is effective and does not hurt development of other players).

  • peterbleafs

    I hope they trade Franson and Riemer for picks…not players or prospects.  Show confidence in the young guys who worked their asses off to get the Marlies so deep in the playoffs.

  • peterbleafs

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Good now post positive points of view. :)

  • Komas Taberle

    vinoa lister MaxwellHowe
    Bear Grillis at centre!

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    I wouldn’t mind signing Winnick for some more depth at center and to give Frattin some competition on the wing. Other than that, wait and see what Franson could bring in on the trade market. I’m also guessing Reimer is a Leaf next season.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    lister TuckerForPunishment Joe_17 I lived through the ice storm in Kingston.  Wasn’t that bad.  Was also there for the blackout that hit eastern Canada and the U.S.  That blackout could have been way worse cause it was so hot at the time.  Any expert will tell you that grid failure in the summer is far more dangerous if prolonged.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Joe_17 No water nearby Joe? You could at least flush the shitter.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    ingy56 Joe_17 Great idea.  As long as it’s not full of mosquito larvae.

  • metalmike27

    Should the Leafs consider Holzer again? When he played with the big club he was always along side Phaneuf against he leagues best. He’s a big guy and has shown ability to play a big role with the Marlies. Could easily fill the 5/6/7 option, thoughts?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TuckerForPunishment ingy56 Joe_17 Yeah man, been there done that….used the rain barrel water….not a good idea when someone leaves the seat up. LOL