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Lots of questions regarding the NHL UFA RUMOR CHART
since it's launch yesterday...
#1 It is early, but teams are starting to lineup with players. Many are asking, How can this be since they are not technically allowed to discuss until July 1. First off, that is true, and is also ridiculous. There should be a week prior to July 1 at least where players can visit with teams. These are big decisions made under the gun. But since there isn't, what we always see and hear are the rumors and we are in what I like to call "high school love letter mode" where people are asking their friends to ask someon else if they like them or not.
#2. The percentages are merely guesses based on what I am hearing, and I tweak them right up until July 1. It is not possible to be privy to EVERY rumor out there, so quite often the early percentages can be out of whack a bit. They will get better and better to what actually will go down on July 1 as we get closer and closer...
#3 Why are some players that are still playing 100 percent for their current team? Well, I simply don't find it appropriate to discuss rumors with players still competing with their team for the Stanley Cup.
So this is the first
HOCKEYBUZZ TOP 20 UFA RANKINGS 2009.
(Possible suitors in parenthesis. Percentages of likelihood found on THE NHL UFA RUMOR CHART)
1. Marion Hossa (still playing)
2. Jay Bouwmeester (Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Philadelphia)
3. The Sedins (Colorado, LA, Toronto, Vancouver)
4. Scott Niedermayer (ANA, NJ)
5. Marion Gaborik (LA, NYR)
6. Martin Havlat (still Playing)
7. Mike Cammalleri (Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, Ottawa)
8. Mike Komisarek (Colorado, NJ, NYI, Montreal)
9. Mattias Ohlund (Buf, NJ, Tor, Wash)
10. Brian Gionta (Ana, Ottawa, Van)
11. Mike Knuble (ANA, Boston, Philly)
12. Eric Cole (Still Playing)
13. Johnny Oduya (ANA, EDM, NYI, NJ, SJ)
14. Francois Beauchemin (ANA, NJ, NYI, Montreal)
15. Alex Tanguay (Colorado, NJ, NYI)
16. Derek Morris ( Buf, NYR, OTT)
17. Jordan Leopold (Cal, PHOX)
18. Mikael Samuelsson (Still Playing)
19. Mats Sundin (NYR, Mont, Toronto, Van)
20. Alexai Kovalev (LA, Mont, Pitt)
Who Do you Want?
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