Free agents

Under the category of “better late than never,” since I believe I promised this to you guys before the Great Lakers Experiment of ’07, here’s the list of impending UFAs and RFAs for the summer, as provided by the fine folks at The Hockey News. Anyone want to come up with a summer wish list for the Kings? To help, I’ll provide THIS link to a website that seems to do a great job of listing every player’s salary, by team, so you can get an idea of where the Kings stand and what’s realistic as far as potential signings. Here’s the list…

Restricted Free Agents

Anaheim: Tim Brent, C, 23; Joe DiPenta, D, 28; Kent Huskins, D, 28; Travis Moen, LW, 25; George Parros, RW, 27; Dustin Penner, LW, 24; Ryan Shannon, RW, 24; Shawn Thornton, RW, 29.

Atlanta: Garnet Exelby, D, 25; Steve McCarthy, D, 26; Jim Slater, C, 24.

Boston: Andrew Alberts, D, 25; Brandon Bochenski, RW, 25; Chuck Kobasew, RW, 25; Philippe Sauve, G, 27; Hannu Toivonen, G, 22; Dennis Wideman, D, 24.

Buffalo: Nathan Paetsch, D, 24; Daniel Paille, LW, 23; Andrew Peters, RW, 27; Derek Roy, C, 24; Thomas Vanek, RW, 23.

Calgary: Mark Giordano, D, 23; David Hale, D, 26 Matthew Lombardi, C, 25; David Moss, RW, 23; Richie Regehr, D, 24.

Carolina: Anton Babchuk, D, 23; Cam Ward, G, 23.

Chicago: Nikita Alexeev, RW, 25; Michael Holmqvist, LW, 28; Danny Richmond, D, 22; Jim Vandermeer, D, 27; James Wisniewski, D, 23.

Colorado: Jordan Leopold, D, 26; Kurt Sauer, D, 26; Marek Svatos, RW, 24.

Columbus: Jaroslav Balastik, LW, 27; Aaron Johnson, RW, 23; Alexander Svitov, C, 24; Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, D, 23.

Dallas: Jussi Jokinen, LW, 24; Joel Lundqvist, LW, 25; Antti Miettinen, RW, 27; Mike Ribeiro, C, 27.

Detroit: Jiri Hudler, LW, 23.

Edmonton: Matt Greene, D, 23; Toby Petersen, C, 28; Mathieu Roy, D, 23; Raffi Torres, LW, 25; Brad Winchester, LW, 26.

Florida: Bryan Allen, 26, D; Gregory Campbell, 23, C; Nathan Horton, 22, RW; Juraj Kolnik, 26, RW; Branislav Mezei, 26, D; Steve Montador, 27, D; Rostislav Olesz, 21, C; Alexei Semenov, 26, D; Stephen Weiss, 24, C.

Los Angeles: Barry Brust, G, 23; Michael Cammalleri, C, 24; Petr Kanko, RW, 23; Jason LaBarbera, G, 27; Jamie Lundmark, C, 26; Richard Petiot, D, 24; John Zeiler, RW, 24.

Minnesota: Derek Boogaard, LW, 25; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW, 23; Kurtis Foster, D, 25; Adam Hall, RW, 26; Josh Harding, G, 23; Mikko Koivu, C, 24; Nick Schultz, D, 24.

Montreal: Josh Gorges, D, 22; Chris Higgins, LW, 24; Mike Komisarek, D, 25; Michael Leighton, G, 26; Alexander Perezhogin, LW, 23; Tomas Plekanec, C, 24; Michael Ryder, RW, 27.

Nashville: Vern Fiddler, C, 27; Darcy Hordichuk, LW, 26; Greg Zanon, D, 26.

New Jersey: Cam Janssen, D, 23; Paul Martin, D, 26; Johnny Oduya, D, 22; Zach Parise, LW, 22.

New York Islanders: Chris Campoli, D, 22; Andy Hilbert, LW, 26; Trent Hunter, RW, 26.

New York Rangers: Sean Avery, LW, 27; Henrik Lundqvist, G, 25; Karel Rachunek, D, 27.

Ottawa: Ray Emery, G, 24; Chris Kelly, C, 26; Oleg Saprykin, LW, 26; Christoph Schubert, D, 25; Anton Volchenkov, D, 25.

Philadelphia: Dmitry Afanasenkov, LW, 26; Ben Eager, LW, 23; Lasse Kukkonen, D, 26; Antero Niittymaki, G, 26; Ryan Potulny, C, 22; Scottie Upshall, LW, 23.

Phoenix: Keith Ballard, D, 24; Brendan Bell, D, 24; Josh Gratton, LW, 25; Matt Jones, D, 23; Jeff Taffe, C, 26; Bill Thomas, LW, 23.

Pittsburgh: Colby Armstrong, RW, 24; Erik Christensen, C, 23; Michel Ouellet, RW, 25; Maxime Talbot, C, 23; Chris Thorburn, LW, 23; Ryan Whitney, D, 24.

San Jose: Steve Bernier, RW, 22; Rob Davison, D, 27; Marcel Goc, C, 23; Milan Michalek, LW, 22.

St. Louis: Barret Jackman, D, 26; Jay McClement, C, 24; Glen Metropolit, C, 22; Vladimir Orszagh, RW, 20; Curtis Sanford, G, 27; Matt Walker, D, 26; Jeff Woywitka, D, 23.

Tampa Bay: Ryan Craig, LW, 25; Shane OBrien, D, 23; Paul Ranger, D, 22; Karl Stewart, LW, 23; Nick Tarnasky, LW, 22.

Toronto: Carlo Colaiacovo, D, 24; Jay Harrison, D, 24; Staffan Kronwall, D, 24; Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW, 27; Ian White, D, 23; Jeremy Williams, RW, 23

Vancouver: Ryan Kesler, C, 22; Lukas Krajicek, D, 24.

Washington: Kris Beech, 26, C; Steve Eminger, 27, D; John Erskine, 27, D; Tomas Fleischmann, 23, LW; Milan Jurcina, 24, D; Jakub Klepis, 22, C; Brooks Laich, 24, C; Jiri Novotny, 23, C; Brian Sutherby, 25, C.

Unrestricted Free Agents:

Anaheim: J-S Giguere, G, 30; Brad May, LW, 35; Sean ODonnell, D, 35; Teemu Selanne, RW, 36.

Atlanta: Eric Belanger, C, 29; Eric Boulton, LW, 30; Greg de Vries, D, 34; Pascal Dupuis, LW, 28; Shane Hnidy, D, 31; Slava Kozlov, LW, 35; Brad Larsen, LW, 30; Derek MacKenzie, C, 26; Scott Mellanby, RW, 41; Jon Sim, RW, 29; Andy Sutton, D, 32; Keith Tkachuk, C, 35; J-P Vigier, RW, 30.

Boston: Bobby Allen, D, 28; Nathan Dempsey, D, 32; Brian Finley, G, 25; Joey MacDonald, G, 27; Jeremy Reich, LW, 28; Petr Tenkrat, LW, 29; Jason York, D, 36.

Buffalo: Daniel Briere, C, 29; Ty Conklin, G, 31; Chris Drury C, 30; Adam Mair, RW 28; Teppo Numminen, D, 39; Dainius Zubrus, C, 29.

Calgary: Tony Amonte, RW, 36; Jeff Friesen, LW, 30; Eric Godard, RW, 27; Roman Hamrlik, D, 33; Darren McCarty, RW, 35; Jamie McLennan, G, 36; Marcus Nilson, C, 29; Wayne Primeau, C, 30; Byron Ritchie, C, 30; Brad Stuart, D, 27.

Carolina: Anson Carter, RW, 33; Bret Hedican, D, 36; David Tanabe, D, 26; Josef Vasicek, C, 26; Scott Walker, RW, 33; Glen Wesley, D, 38.

Chicago: Denis Arkhipov, C, 28; Peter Bondra, RW, 39; Jeff Hamilton, LW, 29; Michal Handzus, C, 29; Patrick Lalime, G, 32.

Colorado: Tyler Arnason, C, 28; Patrice Brisebois, D, 36; Ben Guite, C, 28; Ken Klee, D, 36; Ian Laperriere, RW, 33; Brett McLean, LW, 28; Scott Parker, RW, 29; Mark Rycroft, RW, 28; Pierre Turgeon, C, 37; Ossi Vaananen, D, 26.

Columbus: Bryan Berard, D, 30; Brian Boucher, G, 30; Anders Eriksson, D, 32; Derrick Walser, D, 28.

Dallas: Krys Barch, LW, 27; Matthew Barnaby, RW, 34; Stu Barnes, C, 37; Jon Klemm, D, 37; Eric Lindros, C, 34; Ladislav Nagy, LW, 28; Patrik Stefan, C, 27; Darryl Sydor, D, 35.

Detroit: Todd Bertuzzi, RW, 32; Kyle Calder, LW, 28; Chris Chelios, D, 45; Dominik Hasek, G, 42; Robert Lang, C, 36; Josh Langfeld, RW, 29; Kirk Maltby, RW, 34; Danny Markov, D, 30; Mathieu Schneider, D, 38.

Edmonton: Jan Hejda, D, 28; Jussi Markkanen, G, 31; Petr Nedved, C, 35; Petr Sykora, LW, 30.

Florida: Ed Belfour, 42, G; Martin Gelinas, 37, LW; Ville Peltonen, 34, LW; Jozef Stumpel, 35, C.

Los Angeles: Sean Burke, G, 40; Noah Clarke, LW, 28; Mathieu Garon, G, 29; Jamie Heward, D, 36; Tom Kostopoulos, RW, 28; Aaron Miller, D, 35; Jaroslav Modry, D, 26; Marty Murray, C, 32; Mike Weaver, D, 29.

Minnesota: Nicklas Backstrom, G, 29; Martin Skoula, D, 27; Wyatt Smith C, 30; Wes Walz, C, 37; Todd White, C, 32.

Montreal: David Aebischer, G, 29; Radek Bonk, C, 31; Aaron Downey, RW, 32; Mike Johnson, RW, 32; Andrei Markov, D, 27; Janne Niinimaa, D, 32; Sheldon Souray, D, 30.

Nashville: Peter Forsberg, C, 33; Scott Hartnell, LW, 24; Paul Kariya, LW, 32; Scott Nichol, C, 32; Jerred Smithson, C, 28; Kimmo Timonen, D, 32; Vitaly Vishnevski, D, 27.

New Jersey: Scott Clemmensen, G, 29; Jim Dowd, C, 38; Scott Gomez, C, 27; Brad Lukowich, D, 30; Brian Rafalski, D, 33; Erik Rasmussen, RW, 30; Mike Rupp, LW, 27.

New York Islanders: Arron Asham, RW, 29; Jason Blake, RW, 33; Joel Bouchard, D, 32; Wade Dubielewicz, G, 28; Mike Dunham, G, 35; Sean Hill, D, 37; Viktor Kozlov, C, 32; Tom Poti, D, 30; Deron Quint, D, 31; Randy Robitaille, C, 31; Chris Simon, LW, 35; Todd Simpson, D, 34; Ryan Smyth, LW, 31; Richard Zednik, LW, 31.

New York Rangers: Brad Isbister, LW, 30; Michael Nylander, C, 34; Jed Ortmeyer, RW, 28; Sandis Ozolinsh, D, 34; Thomas Pock, D, 26; Brendan Shanahan, RW, 38; Jason Strudwick, D, 31; Kevin Weekes, G, 32.

Ottawa: Dean McAmmond, C, 33; Tom Preissing, D, 28.

Philadelphia: Robert Esche, G, 29; Todd Fedoruk, LW, 28; Denis Hamel, LW, 29; Mike York, C, 29.

Phoenix: Owen Nolan, RW, 35; Curtis Joseph, G, 39; Mike Ricci, C, 35; Jeremy Roenick, C, 37.

Pittsburgh: Eric Cairns, D, 32; Nils Ekman, LW, 31; Joel Kwiatkowski, D, 30; Josef Melichar, D, 28; Ron Petrovicky, RW, 30; Mark Recchi, RW, 39; Gary Roberts, LW, 40; Rob Scuderi, D, 28; Jocelyn Thibault, G, 32.

San Jose: Bill Guerin, RW, 36; Scott Hannan, D, 28; Mark Smith, C, 29; Craig Rivet, D, 32; Vesa Toskala, G, 30.

St. Louis: Radek Dvorak, RW, 30.

Tampa Bay: Rob DiMaio, RW, 39; Ruslan Fedotenko, RW, 28; Johan Holmqvist, G, 28; Doug Janik, D, 26; Andreas Karlsson, C, 31; Eric Perrin, LW, 31; Nolan Pratt, D, 31; Luke Richardson, D, 37; Cory Sarich, D, 28; Jason Ward, RW, 28.

Toronto: Nik Antropov, RW, 27; Jean-Sebastien Aubin, G, 29; Bates Battaglia, LW, 31; Travis Green, C, 36; Tyson Nash, LW, 32; Jeff ONeill, RW, 31; Michael Peca, C, 33; Yanic Perreault, C, 36; Aleksander Suglobov, RW, 25.

Vancouver: Jan Bulis, C, 29; Jeff Cowan, LW, 30; Rory Fitzpatrick, D, 32; Josh Green, C, 29; Trevor Linden, RW, 37; Taylor Pyatt, LW, 25; Sami Salo, D, 32; Tommi Santala, C, 28; Bryan Smolinski, C, 35; Brent Sopel, D, 30.

Washington: Bryan Muir, D, 34.

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  • deacon blue

    Thanks so much Rich for the great blog. The Kings need to build up (and make younger) the D, so looking at Hannan (SJ) or Rafalski (NJ) might be a good idea. And while we’re wishing, we wish for Cloutier to somehow go away.

  • Nick

    i’d like to get Backstrom from Minny, Drury from Buffalo, and some defenseman (Hannan and Rafalski both sound good. Brad Stuart seems more likely, somehow).

  • Jon

    Sign Tom Preissing, and let one of are Monarchs D-men step up(Peter Harrold or Richard Petiot).Hopefully Dean and Crow keep Brian Boyle as a foward and someone show him how to fight. Sign Taylor Pyatt to play with Kopi and Brown. Negative thoughts produce negative energy, Cloutier is our goalie for next season so lets encourage him to step up and shut up all the haters.

  • brasspucks

    We most need help on the back end. I say Stuart and Giguere, stick Cloutier in the minors so that his salary doesn’t count against the cap. If he finally recovers and puts up great numbers, recall him and hope another team claims in on re-entry waivers. ;-)

  • Jon

    NO DUCKS IN KINGS JERSEYS!!!
    FU*K GIGUERE! Example:TVERDOVSKY
    We don’t need a goalie that bad. Labarbera will step up because he knows it’s his job to lose.

  • Kevin

    I say sign Stuart, Rafalski and Gomez, or (failing Gomez), sign Drury. Bring up some of the young guys on D and to fill out the lines. Re-sign Miller and Lundmark along with Weaver for depth. Try to sign Backstrom from Minn. and bring up Labs as the back-up.

  • tim

    drop miller, burke, modry, and some other minor characters

    sign backstrom, stuart, hannan, and possibly drury. but if the cap space is way too tight (and it may very well be) go with a lesser scorer like sykora

    id prefer not to drop garon, since backstrom hasnt really taken on a complete season himself before. but if letting him go means we have room to get drury, then do it.

    lababera comes up in that instance, of course

  • brad

    Atlanta has some great free agents that would fit in nicely with the Kings.
    #1 Greg de Vries – a great Norstrom replacement.
    #2 Andy Sutton – without great goaltending, the Kings need some shutdown defense. Bring in this giant.
    #3 Keith Tkachuk – He can show Brown how to play power forward. Would be a perfect fit up front.

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