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.
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Just noticed Matt Macina was an invitee to prospects camp. Felt there was an outside shot he could have been a leafs pick (because of being in Guelph). I saw him on a hot streak, he was able to steal away the starting gi for about a month or so, but looked really poised in that period.
Good read. WIsh I could forward this to NoNo and Shanny
Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb:"He's a good, mobile skater with outstanding skills, including smooth hands, vision, puck-handling and shot. He can also set up scoring chances for teammates and can score in many ways from outside or in traffic. He's very competitive and effective on the power play." <-----Nylander
What a draft year that might turn out to be, all 2013
Frederik Gauthier, Carter Verhaeghe, Fabrice Herzog, Antoine Bibeau, Andreas Johnson.
Man reading some of this Kane stuff below, I can tell you that players in the NHL are some of the best in all pro sports. I know class acts like Hodgson, the Stamkos family, Gaunces and they all turned out good and behave. I have also heard some untellable stories about Kadri from some of his London roomates, so there are some pricks out there, some mature (Kadri, who is also in a better situation it seems, happy in toronto and has a hard ass father and supportive family VS a Kane who is clearly unhappy with his situation and doenst seem to have alot of support from family, friends and professionals).
if a player in toronto even pulled half the shit kane has done it would be like opening pandoras shit box
Are we missing the obvious? The Finnish shut down line, that would be feared in the league... Hartikainen, Kontiola, Komarov....Not to mention they all put up 30+ pts in under 50 KHL games last year.
Jvr. Bozak Kessell
Lupul Kadri. Clarkson/Frattin
Ashton Holland Santorelli
Hartikainen. Kontiola Komarov
Honestly, Winnipeg is the anti-Toronto in terms of fan and media acceptance. It has been nothing but a love-in since the Jets returned. If anyone thinks Kane is getting some sort of undeserved treatment, I'm sorry, but you're wrong.
@lukethenuke Hire this psychology professor, create a new position if needed.
@Jmessih bet Verharghe, Herzog and Bibeau, dont make it but 2/5 is good!
2012 is not to shappy either :)
Matt Finn, Dominic Toninato, Connor Brown, Ryan Rupert, Viktor Loov, Tony Cameranesi, Tom Nilsson.
Really? I remember Kane's mom saying she's gonna cook enough food to last him a year when he was first drafted by the Peg.
@lukethenuke there gonna have to suck
kane has low trade value at the momment so trading him wont get them much
@Bruffins Connor Brown?
@Bruffins theses look like grade 9 students
@Bruffins boy neylander has some growing to do
I have been asking for this line since we signed Komarov and Kontiola, what a bastard of a 4th line that would be to play against.
@Claymish Helpful against Team Sweden err Detroit.
@Dangle_My_Berries Nothing apparently.
Thanks for posting... love watching anything I can see on the guy
@Cameron19 The local media in some of these cities are becoming less and less relevant. With social media now it's the fans who drive the narrative. And the fans have been tough on him. I know this even though I don't live in Winnipeg, nor do I spend much time on social media.
@lukethenuke Counselor Troi comes highly recommended.
@Jmessih FInn, Loov, Nilsson (3/7) also not bad
@Cameron19 When has he said that...basically or otherwise? Because you can't include Twitter exchanges for obvious reasons.
@TheGroobster That will be $350/hr, please.
@Cameron19 I'm sure he's an asshole, and made some terrible choices with how he treats people. But he sure seems to have a target on his back, which can just exaggerate everything. People trying to provoke him all over the place.
Someone will get him and make us all look like fools for doubting him.