Unrestricted Free Agency 2009 III

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Part 3 in a four-part look at those players who may have played their last game for their respective team and what a move will mean from a fantasy hockey standpoint.


Philadelphia Flyers
UFA’s – Mike Knuble, Boyd Kane, Derian Hatcher, Andrew Alberts, Lasse Kukkonen, Nate Guenin, Antero Niittymaki, Scott Munroe, Martin Biron
RFA’s – Jared Ross, Nate Raduns, Dan Syvret

Outgoing – Local papers are buzzing about how they should keep Knuble, Biron and perhaps even Niittymaki. I don’t believe that will happen. Biron is the only possibility. Rumors of the Flyers possibly signing Ray Emery won’t die and with James van Riemsdyk on board next season there simply isn’t a need (or the room) for Knuble.

Of Fantasy Note – The Flyers are pressed tight against the cap. Only trading Daniel Briere, who has a no-trade clause, will give them breathing room. If the lineup remains as is, JVR could start his pro career in the AHL, as difficult as that is to believe. Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Briere will continue to progress, spearheading the offense. Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupul and Claude Giroux will be secondary offense. In 2011-12, Giroux could very well lead this team though.

Phoenix (Hamilton) Coyotes (MakeItSevens)
UFA’s – Stephen Reinprecht, Brian McGrattan, Steve Goertzen, Jeff Hoggan, Ken Klee, Dimitri Kalinin, Ryan Lannon
RFA’s – Enver Lisin, Daniel Winnik, Joakim Lindstrom, Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, Scott Upshall, Garth Murray, Alexander Nikulin, Keith Yandle, Josh Tordjman

Outgoing – All UFA’s are gone. Lisin, Lindstrom, Winnik, Upshall, Yandle, Tordjman and Prucha warrant an offer sheet, although Dawes may be too good to let walk.

Of Fantasy Note – There are a limited number of second and third line spots on this team and failure to win one outright could mean that several players just bounce in and out of the lineup. If a couple of them do win spots outright, then the losers will be banished to the AHL. Us fantasy hockey owners would prefer that it be the latter, which is more cut and dried. The contenders are – Prucha, Lisin, Lindstrom and Dawes for what figures to