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NHL training camps are set to begin next week and there remains a myriad of talented hockey players left on the free agent market. I thought it would be fun to create a UFA Team compromised of both restricted and unrestricted free agents who may still end up landing a job with an NHL team. Please let me know if you believe this team could challenge the Florida Panthers for Eastern Conference mediocrity.


Curtis Joseph
Robert Esche


Bryan Berard ( on a tryout deal with New York Islanders)
Danny Markov
Ossi Vaananen
Yannick Tremblay
Richard Matvichuk
Janne Niinimaa ( may join HC Davos of Swiss League)


Jason Allison
Mike Johnson
Tony Amonte
Eric Lindros ( may announce retirement shortly to work full-time with NHLPA)
Anson Carter
Eric Perrin
Erik Rasmussen ( valuable 3rd line grinder)
Michael Riesen
Eero Sumorvuori
Jeff Friesen ( musings about a possible Swedish League deal)
Darren McCarty
Jim Dowd
Tommi Santala

For Illegal Curve, I’m Ezra Ginsburg.