The Wild West: Remaining UFAs and Where They Might End Up

Grant Campbell


With just under a month passed since free agency opened, there are still some notable players in the free agency market. I thought we would look at the remaining players and try to match them with any Western teams that have the salary cap space and/or the need. Edmonton and Vegas are already over the cap with players still to sign, so I'm going to put them out of the running for any of these players.

We just began running the Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades for each team yesterday, so I will stop my organizational reviews at Seattle. I have signed up to write the Fantasy Grades for St. Louis and Winnipeg, so will have got everyone except for Vancouver and Vegas in the West when all is said and done.

Paul Stastny (36 years old) (C) 

Teams that could use Stastny are Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado and Winnipeg. Stastny is probably in his last few seasons in the NHL so he will be looking for a good fit and one would think a shot at the Stanley Cup.

For those reasons, I would put Colorado near the top here. The Avalanche have $3.9 million in cap space for next season and I think they could get Stastny for between $1 and 1.5 million. Stastny spent eight seasons in Colorado so knows the city well. He would have a chance to play on the second line ahead of J.T. Compher.

Paul has a good chance to do something his father Peter didn't do in his NHL career which is to play 1,000 games. Paul is currently at 990 while Peter finished with 977 GP. Paul had 20 goals last season for the first time since 2013-2014 and has a career-high of 25. He is capable of 15-20 goals and 15-25 assists and is excellent in the faceoff circle.

P.K. Subban (33) (RD)

Subban took a step back around 2018-19 and has never been quite the same, which comes with age and injuries. He's still a somewhat effective defenseman who still can display some offensive skills. He's probably a 5th or 6th defender at this point and it will be interesting to see what salary he will be asking for. I'm going to guess somewhere around $2.5 to 3.5 million AAV. Teams that have a need and that can afford him are Arizona, perhaps Nashville, Seattle and Winnipeg. I think Vancouver could use him, but can't afford him.

Out of those cities, Nashville and Winnipeg would be the best fits for him at this point. The Predators have