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Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents 15-1

With open season for free agents begins July 1st, we will take a look at the top 30 unrestricted free agents and determine if they will fit on the Sabres.  The list comes from The Fourth Period.

Number 15 - Alex Kovalev


Alex Kovalev

#27 / Right Wing / Montreal Canadiens

6-1

215

Feb 24, 1973



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Alex Kovalev 26 39 65 -5 74


The Good:  Kovalev can still find the back of the net and put up points.  His 65 points were the best for the Canadiens this past offseason.

The Bad:  For Kovalev, all of the hype surrounding him weighs heavily on his play.

2008-09 Salary:  $4,500,000

Verdict:  The Canadiens are seriously considering resigning him and therefore probably out of the market soon.

Number 14 - Derek Morris


Derek Morris

#53 / Defenseman / New York Rangers

6-0

221

Aug 24, 1978



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Derek Morris 5 15 20 -10 40

The Good:  Morris is a solid defenseman that could help bolster any team.  His quality of competition of .02 was third highest among Ranger defensemen and his five goals were second on the team for defensemen.

The Bad:  Morris has an alarming +/- at -10 and his -8.2 Corsi is just as alarming. 

2008-09 Salary:  $3,950,000

Verdict:  The Sabres have shown some interest and Morris would probably be a good fit for the team.

Number 13 - Saku Koivu


Saku Koivu

#11 / Center / Montreal Canadiens

5-10

182

Nov 23, 1974



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Saku Koivu 16 34 50 4 44

The Good:  Koivu brings consistency and leadership to any team that he would be on.  He has been the captain of a very high profile Canadiens team so he would be used to the pressure of playing in a concentrated market.

The Bad:  If Koivu does not return to the Canadiens, most likely he would head to the Wild to play with his brother.

2008-09 Salary:  $4,750,000

Verdict:  Koivu would fit the type of player that has been missing but comes at a price tag that would be too rich for the Sabres blood.

Number 12 - Brian Gionta


Brian Gionta

#14 / Right Wing / New Jersey Devils

5-7

175

Jan 18, 1979



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Brian Gionta 20 40 60 12 32


The Good
:  Gionta has 60 points on a very defensive oriented Devils team, good for fifth on the team.  His 20 goals also was good for fifth on the team.

The Bad: Gionta would need to take a pay cut at this point to join the Sabres

2008-09 Salary:  $4,000,000

Verdict:  Gionta would be an interesting choice for the Sabres.  Considering that he is from Rochester, playing close to his hometown may be enticing and hopefully an option.

Number 11 - Mattias Ohlund


Mattias Ohlund

#2 / Defenseman / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

220

Sep 09, 1976



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Mattias Ohlund 6 19 25 14 105


The Good:  Ohlund is a sound defenseman that can play well in both ends.  He also has veteran leadership and could take the younger players under his wing.

The Bad:  Ohlund would be looking for a multi-year deal and at 32 it adds that element of risk.

2008-09 Salary:  $3.500,000

Verdict:  Ohlund would be a good fit on the Sabres but would probably not come here.

Number 10 - Nicolai Khabibulin


Nikolai Khabibulin

#39 / Goalie / Chicago Blackhawks

6-1

209

Jan 13, 1973



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Nikolai Khabibulin 42 2467 25 8 7 1 96 2.33 1192 1096 .919 3


The Good
:  Khabibulin is a good goaltender with years of experience in net.  He was a main reason that the Blackhawks got as far as they did in the playoffs this season.

The Bad:  Khabibulin is a streaky goaltender.  He had his moments where he couldn't stop a beach ball.

2008-09 Salary:  $6,750,000

Verdict:  The Sabres have no need for a goaltender.

Number 9 - Alex Tanguay


Alex Tanguay

#13 / Left Wing / Montreal Canadiens

6-1

189

Nov 21, 1979



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Alex Tanguay 16 25 41 13 34

The Good:  Tanguay is a very talented forward that can seem to find the net. 

The Bad: I'm not sure I have much bad to say about him

2008-09 Salary:  $5,375,000

Verdict:  The Canadiens are going probably going to resign him.

Number Eight - Mike Komisarek


Mike Komisarek

#8 / Defenseman / Montreal Canadiens

6-4

243

Jan 19, 1982



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Mike Komisarek 2 9 11 0 121


The Good:  Komisarek plays a physical type of game, leading the Canadiens in hits and blocked shots.

The Bad:  With a physical style of play comes the propensity to take more penalties.  Komisarek's 121 leads the Canadiens as well.

2008-09 Salary:  $1,900,000

Verdict:  Again, the Canadiens will probably resign him.

Number Seven - Martin Havlat


Martin Havlat

#24 / Right Wing / Chicago Blackhawks

6-2

217

Apr 19, 1981



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Martin Havlat 29 48 77 29 30


The Good:  Havlat found his groove again this season with the highest point total in his career.  He also led the Blackhawks and was 22nd in the league.

The Bad:  Havlat is injury prone, having only played over 60 games in a season once in the past four seasons.

2008-09 Salary: $6,000,000

Verdict:  The Blackhawks need his veteran presence in the lineup and the Sabres really have no need for him.

Number Six - Mike Cammaleri


Mike Cammalleri

#13 / Left Wing / Calgary Flames

5-9

185

Jun 08, 1982



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Mike Cammalleri 39 43 82 -2 44


The Good:  Cammalleri is a prolific scorer leading the Flames in goals and was 9th overall.

The Bad:  Cammalleri is still young and looking for a big raise from his $3.6 million.

2008-09 Salary:  $3,600,000

Verdict:  While it would be nice to see Cammalleri in a Sabres uniform, Darcy won't go and spend that much

Numbers Five and Four - Henrik and Daniel Sedin


Daniel Sedin

#22 / Left Wing / Vancouver Canucks

6-1

185

Sep 26, 1980



Henrik Sedin

#33 / Center / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

190

Sep 26, 1980




G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Daniel Sedin 31 51 82 24 36


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Henrik Sedin 22 60 82 22 48



The Good:  The Sedin twins are great players and work well together.  Their 82 points each put them 14th and 15th in overall in the league.

The Bad:  You get one, you get them both.  As of now the twins will only play for a team that will take them as a pair.

2008-09 Salary:  $3,575,000 each

Verdict:  While great players, they are looking for way too much money to be considered by the Sabres.  Look to our friends up north in Toronto to take them.

Number Three - Marian Gaborik


Marian Gaborik

#10 / Right Wing / Minnesota Wild

6-1

199

Feb 14, 1982



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Marian Gaborik 13 10 23 3 2

The Good: Playing his whole career for the defensive Wild, Gaborik can find the back of the net scoring 219 goals in 502 career games.

The Bad:  Gaborik is injury prone, much to the level of Connolly injury prone.

2008-09 Salary:  $7,500,000

Verdict:  Again, a great player that the Sabres just will not be able to afford.

Number Two - Marian Hossa


Marian Hossa

#81 / Right Wing / Detroit Red Wings

6-1

210

Jan 12, 1979



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Marian Hossa 40 31 71 27 63


The Good:  Hossa is a dangerous sniper that can score at will it seems.

The Bad:  His price tag will be an issue and he will want to play for a contender.

2008-09 Salary: $7,500,000

Verdict:  The Sabres are no where close to be in the running.

Number One - Jay Bouwmeester


Jay Bouwmeester

#0 / Defenseman / Calgary Flames

6-4

212

Sep 27, 1983



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jay Bouwmeester 15 27 42 -2 68



The Good
:  Bouwmeester is a great puck moving defenseman who can jump into the play at any time.

The Bad:  He seems to very young and the situation screams for someone to overpay him.

2008-09 Salary:  $4,875,000

Verdict:  Calgary traded before the draft to obtain his rights and they aren't going to walk away from that without getting something out of it.