Greg and Joe’s Fourth Annual NHL Free Agent Predictions

Where will Zach land?

It’s Christmas in July once again! While we have to admit that this summer’s free agency pool is not exactly laden with the biggest of names, it still includes a player set to become the most sought after and highest paid free agent of all-time, Zach Parise. This summer also holds the fate of his teammate and winningest goaltender in history, Martin Brodeur. Will he retire or stick around for another season? For the sake of the New Jersey Devils, he better come back for one more since their backup is also an aging free agent and there is no can’t-miss prospect in their system.

Anyway, Joe Aiello and I sat down for the fourth straight year to render our predictions, and you can take a look at our track record below which is still, I might add, better than Eklund over at Hockeybuzz. Mayhaps we should start our own rumor mill mega site and charge a bundle—given the stupidity of people and their quest to always be in the know, we could make out pretty well. This year, Joe and I welcomed a good friend of ours to join us for this monumental task, Chris “Gootz” Hoeler, who you all know from his “On the Rink with Gootz” column here on FNYTSF and his work with the FHL’s Danbury Whalers as their assistant director of player personnel.

For some quick Ranger-related notes, all three of us foresee Brandon Prust leaving New York, though his final destination was split. I was leaning towards the Flyers but eventually went with the Pittsburgh Penguins because he fits their mold over there and the Flyers have an excess of players just like him. Joe chose Toronto because he is a Brian Burke-type player. While Gootz took Chicago. The one thing Gootz and I agreed on was Zenon Konopka taking his place as the scrapper, but someone who would also be a welcome sight because of his faceoff winning ability. Joe maintains that he will re-sign in Ottawa.

Enjoy, and best of luck to your team this holiday shopping season!

Picking Percentage

2009

Greg: 10/40 (25%)

Joe: 8/40 (20%)

2010

Greg: 12/50 (24%)

Joe: 8/50 (16%)

2011

Greg 2011: 8/40 (20%)

Joe 2011: 10/40 (25%)

Total picks: 56/260 (22%)

Free Agent Predictions

(Sorted by Highest Salary from Last Season)

UPDATED AFTER OFF-SEASON ENDED

1. Alexander Semin (WSH): Greg: CBJ, Joe: CBJ, Gootz: DET

2. Ryan Smyth (EDM): Greg: EDM, Joe: EDM, Gootz: EDM

3. Zach Parise (NJD): Greg: NJD, Joe: NJD, Gootz: MIN

4. Martin Brodeur (NJD): Greg: NJD, Joe: NJD, Gootz: NJD

5. Brian Rolston (BOS): Greg: Retires, Joe: Retires, Gootz: Retires

6. Michal Rozsival (PHX): Greg: DAL, Joe NYI, Gootz: Leaves NHL

7. Shane Doan (PHX): Greg: PHX, Joe: PHX, Gootz: PHX

8. Dustin Penner (LAK): Greg: TOR, Joe: TBL, Gootz: FLA

9. Brad Boyes (BUF): Greg: NYR, Joe: NYR, Gootz: NYR

10. Pavel Kubina (PHI): Greg: PHI, Joe: PHI, Gootz: PHI

11. Filip Kuba (OTT): Greg: OTT, Joe: EDM, Gootz: OTT

12. Ryan Suter (NSH): Greg: DET, Joe: DET, Gootz: DET

13. Jaromir Jagr (PHI): Greg: PHI, Joe: STL, Gootz: MTL

14. Andrei Kostitsyn (NSH): Greg: MTL, Joe: DAL, Gootz: CBJ

15. Olli Jokinen (CGY): Greg: FLA, Joe: NYI, Gootz: NSH

16. Ray Whitney (PHX): Greg: CAR, Joe: CAR, Gootz: PHX

17. Bryce Salvador (NJD): Greg: EDM, Joe: WPG, Gootz: EDM

18. Jason Arnott (STL): Greg: STL, Joe: STL, Gootz: STL

19. Jiri Hudler (DET): Greg: NYR, Joe: TOR, Gootz: NYR

20. Jamie Langenbrunner (STL): Greg: NJD, Joe: STL, Gootz: STL

21. Paul Gaustad (NSH): Greg: NYI, Joe: NSH, Gootz: NSH

22. Sheldon Souray (DAL): Greg: NYR, Joe: PIT, Gootz: TBL

23. Ruslan Fedotenko (NYR): Greg: Leaves NHL, Joe: CBJ, Gootz: WSH

24. P.A Parenteau (NYI): Greg: TOR, Joe: MTL, Gootz: SJS

25. George Parros (ANA): Greg: FLA, Joe: TOR, Gootz: ANA

26. Martin Biron (NYR): Greg: NYR, Joe: NYR, Gootz: NYR

27. Jordan Tootoo (NSH): Greg: WPG, Joe: CHI, Gootz: VAN

28. Brandon Prust (NYR): Greg: PIT, Joe: TOR, Gootz: CHI

29. Zenon Konopka (OTT): Greg: NYR, Joe: OTT, Gootz: NYR

30. Justin Schultz (College): Greg: NYR, Joe: NYR, Gootz: VAN

Picks List (Updated 7/1)

Greg: 6/30

Joe: 7/30

Chris: 8/30

Total: 21/90 (23%)

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