Bowser wrote:Here are the best free agents for the Pens this summer. Unless new ownership is here by then, I don't expect more than one free agent move to acquire a goal scorer to replace Palffy.
1. Maxim Afinogenov - plays with Malkin on 2nd line
2. Patrik Elias - would cost too much $$ and probably wants to stay in NJ
3. Sergei Samsonov - could be another winger for Malkin
4. Jochen Hecht - solid two-way forward for any top two line
5. Radek Dvorak - another good two-way winger
1. Zdeno Chara - big physical two-way dman, probably costs too much
2. Pavel Kubina - see above
3. Rob Blake - unlikely to leave Avs
4. Joe Corvo - relative unknown who is a good player
5. Bryan McCabe - could he slip with all the big named guys around
I think we could afford Chara if you ask me. Kubina has had a terrible year, and he isn't really that much of an impact player. Amazingly, Blake is 37 and makes 6.6 million a year so thats out of the question. Corvo would be a very nice pick up, and McCabe wouldn't have a place on the team with Gonchar already here.
As for wingers, I would LOVE to see someone like a Brian Rolston or Marian Gaborik from Minnesota come to the Pens. That team has the work ethic we are trying to attain, and although Gaborik has had injury issues as of late, he's still young. I don't know what kind of contract he's on, but I absolutely love the guy.