Looking Ahead: Free Agent Class Of 2009

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    Trade talks are heating up, in the NHL rumour mills, and online forums.  To that end, I’ve compiled a list of notable free-agents to be, both UFA and RFA, across the league, who may be subject to trade.

    So tell me:  who would you like to see the Leafs go after, either by trade this season, or by signing in the offseason?

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    Upcoming FAs of note, as of December 10, 2008 – list subject to change.

    Players are UFA unless otherwise noted as RFA.  UFAs listed by last name, followed by RFAs, for each position.  List is by no means comprehensive.

    ANAHEIM – FW: Morrison, Marchant, Moen, Neidermeyer, Pahlsson, Parros;  D: Huskins, Montador, Neidermeyer, Salcido (RFA)

    ATLANTA – FW: Williams, Armstrong (RFA); D: Havelid, Schneider, Valabik (RFA); G: Lehtonen (RFA)

    BOSTON – FW: Axelsson, Kessel (RFA), Krejci (RFA); D: Hnidy, Lashoff (RFA); G: Fernandez, Thomas

    BUFFALO – FW: Afinogenov, Connolly, Kotalik, Kaleta (RFA), Stafford (RFA); D: Spacek, Sekera (RFA)

    CALGARY – FW: Bertuzzi, Cammalleri, Moss, Boyd (RFA);  D: Aucoin; G: McElhinney (RFA)

    CAROLINA – FW: Ruutu (RFA); D: Seidenberg, Babchuck (RFA), Carson (RFA); G: Peters (RFA)

    CHICAGO – FW: Havlat, Bolland (RFA), Eager (RFA), Versteeg (RFA); D: Barker (RFA); G: Khabibulin, Crawford (RFA), Niemi (RFA)

    COLORADO – FW: Arnason, Guite, Laperriere, Sakic, Jones (RFA); D: Leopold, Tjarnqvist, Cumiskey (RFA); G: Raycroft, Budaj (RFA)

    COLUMBUS – FW: Malholtra, Peca, Novotny (RFA), Svitov (RFA); D: Backman, Methot (RFA), Tollefsen (RFA), Wilson (RFA)

    DALLAS – FW: Lehtinen, Parrish; D: Sydor, Zubov, Fistric (RFA); G: Stephen (RFA)

    DETROIT – FW: Franzen, Hossa, Kopecky, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Hudler (RFA); G: Conklin

    EDMONTON – FW: Cole, Brodziak (RFA), Brule (RFA), Schremp (RFA); D: Grebeshkov (RFA), Smid (RFA); G: Garon, Roloson, Dubnyk (RFA)

    FLORIDA – FW: Dvorak, Peltonen, Zednik, Booth (RFA), Stewart (RFA); D: Bouwmeester, Boynton, Murphy, Skrastins; G: Anderson

    LOS ANGELES – FW: Armstrong, Calder, Purcell (RFA); D: Gauthier, O’Donnell, Johnson (RFA); G: Ersberg, Labarbera

    MINNESOTA – FW: Gaborik, Veilleux, Pouliot (RFA); D: Bergeron, Skoula, Stoner (RFA); G: Backstrom, Harding

    MONTREAL – FW: Koivu, Kovalev, Lang, Tanguay, Kostopoulous, Chipchura (RFA), D’Agostini (RFA), Higgins (RFA), Latendresse (RFA), Plekanec (RFA); D: Boullion, Brisebois, Dandenault, Komisarek, Belle (RFA)

    NASHVILLE –FW: Bonk, Fiddler, Ortmeyer, Sullivan; D: DeVries, Koistenen

    NEW JERSEY – FW: Gionta, Holik, Madden, Zajac (RFA); D: Oduya, Greene (RFA); G: Weekes

    NY ISLANDERS – FW: Comrie, Guerin, Sillinger, Weight, Comeau (RFA), Jackman (RFA), Walter (RFA); D: Pock; G: MacDonald

    NY RANGERS –FW: Orr, Callahan (RFA), Dawes (RFA), Dubinsky (RFA), Fritsche (RFA), Prucha (RFA), Zherdev (RFA); D: Kalinen, Mara; G: Valiquette

    OTTAWA –FW: McAmmond, Neil; D: Kuba; G: Gerber, Elliot (RFA)

    PHILADELPHIA – FW: Knuble, Upshall (RFA); D: Alberts, Kukkonen, Vaananen, Syvret (RFA); G: Biron, Niittymaki

    PHOENIX –FW: Reinprecht, Bourret (RFA); Lisin (RFA), McGratton (RFA), Winnik (RFA); D: Morris, Yandle (RFA); G: Tellqvist

    PITTSBURGH – FW: Fedotenko, Satan, Sykora, Kennedy (RFA), Staal (RFA), Talbot (RFA); D: Boucher, Gill, Scuderi, Goligoski (RFA); G: Sabourin

    ST. LOUIS – FW: Hinote, McDonald, Tkachuk; D: Weaver, Wozniewski, Polak (RFA), Woywitka (RFA); G: Legace, Schwarz (RFA)

    SAN JOSE – FW: Grier, Roenick, Clowe (RFA), Goc (RFA), Mitchell (RFA); D: Blake, McLaren, Semenov; G: Boucher, Dakers (RFA), Greiss (RFA)

    TAMPA BAY – FW: Gratton, Pettinger, Recchi, Roberts, Jokinen (RFA); D: Malik, Niskala, Eminger (RFA), Krajicek (RFA); G: Ramo (RFA)

    TORONTO – FW: Antropov, Bell, Moore, Earl (RFA), Grabovski (RFA), Hollweg (RFA), Williams (RFA); D: Kronwall (RFA), Sifers (RFA); G: Pogge (RFA)

    VANCOUVER – FW: Burrows, Pyatt, D.Sedin, H.Sedin, Bernier (RFA), Hansen (RFA), Wellwood (RFA); D: Nycholat, Ohlund, O’Brien (RFA); G: Sanford

    WASHINGTON – FW: Brashear, Fedorov, Kozlov, Bourque (RFA), Fehr (RFA), Gordon (RFA); D: Jurcina (RFA), Lepisto (RFA), Morrison (RFA); G: Johnson

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