The Top 5 Remaining UFAs

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on July 8, 2009 — No Comments

This week at Puck Prospectus, I examined the top five remaining unrestricted free agent players according to the goals-versus-threshold statistic (a stat similar to VORP for those who follow baseball).

Here is an excerpt:

1. Martin Biron (GVT 14.3)

After being dispatched from Philadelphia in favor of Ray Emery, Martin Biron still finds himself as an available unrestricted free agent. Were the Flyers right to let him go or was Biron really not the problem in Philadelphia?

Well, the statistics exhibit that the Flyers’ biggest problem last season was not in between the pipes (where the team had an even strength GVT of 12.5), but instead on the blue line (where the team had an even strength GVT of -20.3). Either way, the Flyers chose to address both “problems” this offseason by bringing in Emery and then trading for Chris Pronger. Whereas Pronger served to fill an obvious need, the signing of Emery and the decision to let Martin Biron walk probably had as much, or more, to do with salary than anything else.

Read the entire article here.