Cherry Pickin’: Predicting Free Agency

If there’s one thing we love doing, it’s trying to figure out just what the hell is going to happen on July 1. For a lot of these, we were probably better off throwing names on a dartboard while blindfolded.


Mats Sundin
Ryan: Ottawa (in August after Heatley is traded)
Chris: Montreal

Marian Hossa
Ryan: Vancouver
Chris: Detroit (He wants to win a Cup still, right?)

Marian Gaborik
Ryan: New York
Chris: Vancouver

Martin Havlat
Ryan: Los Angeles
Chris: Chicago
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Alex Tanguay
Ryan: Ottawa
Chris: Islanders

Saku Koivu
Ryan: Montreal
Chris: Rangers

Alexei Kovalev
Ryan: Montreal
Chris: Montreal

Brian Gionta
Ryan: Buffalo (wheeee!)D052145033.JPG
Chris: Nashville

The Wonder Sedins
Ryan: Vancouver
Chris: Probably Toronto

Mike Cammalleri
Ryan: Buffalo (wheee!)
Chris: Minnesota

Maxim Afinogenov
Ryan: Moscow Dynamo (KHL)
Chris: St. Louis or KHL

Brendan Shanahan
Ryan: His couch.
Chris: New Jersey

Dominic Moore
Ryan: Toronto
Chris: Tampa Bay

Chris Neil
Ryan: Colorado
Chris: Hell

Andrew Peters
Ryan: Rochester Americans (AHL)
Chris: Really, who cares? Just not Buffalo

Ales Kotalik
Ryan: Edmonton
Chris: Los Angeles

Mike Grier
Ryan: He was right. (San Jose)
Chris: Anywhere but Buffalo


Mathieu Schneider
Ryan: Minnesota
Chris: Vancouverschneider-canadiens-early

Sergei Zubov
Ryan: Montreal
Chris: Atlanta

Jay Bouwmeester
Ryan: Calgary
Chris: Calgary (But After July 1)

Derek Morris
Ryan: Target clearance aisle. (Calgary)
Chris: Minnesota

Jaroslav Spacek
Ryan: Buffalo (safety pick)
Chris: Nashville

Rob Scuderi
Ryan: Pittsburgh
Chris: Columbus

Chris Chelios
Ryan: Mike Babcock hates Americans.
Chris: Probably Retires.

Marc-Andre Bergeron
Ryan: Boston
Chris: Boston

Francois Beauchemin
Ryan: Anaheim
Chris: Dallas

Mike Komisarek
Ryan: Dallas
Chris: New Jersey

Jay McKee
Ryan: Washington
Chris: Buffalo

Mattias Ohlund
Ryan: Vancouver
Chris: Washington


Nikolai Khabibulin
Ryan: Los Angeles
Chris: KHL
Manny Fernandez
Ryan: Detroit
Chris: Atlanta

Dwayne Roloson
Ryan: Edmonton
Chris: Edmonton

Martin Biron
Ryan: Tampa Bay
Chris: Colorado Avalanche

Craig Anderson
Ryan: Toronto
Chris: Los Angeles

Scott Clemmensen
Ryan: New Jersey
Chris: San Jose

Ty Conklin
Ryan: Philadelphia
Chris: Philadelphia

Bonus Round:

Sabre most likely to be traded by the start of the regular season?
Ryan: Hecht
Chris: Tallinder

How much will Drew Stafford make in salary next season?
Ryan: $2.275 million
Chris: $2.6 million

Where will Dany Heatley be playing in October?
Ryan: Ottawa
Chris: Ottawa

Which of your picks do you think will actually be right?
Ryan: Grier in San Jose
Chris: Havlat stays in Chicago

Which pick probably has no shot of happening?
Ryan: Mike Cammalleri to Buffalo
Chris: Gionta to Nashville


  1. NoUseForANickname

    Is Jay McKee any good anymore? I can’t recall hearing his name much, but a) he’s in St. Louis and b) the things he did to make the team better never would show up on highlights.

    I support the trade Hecht 09 Campaign.
    Even if it’s for Mike Grier