Hey guys it’s me again. Lately I have been pondering about how scary it will be if Brandon Dubinsky gets signed to an offer sheet and for just how much it would be for. Then that got me wondering about the rest of the NHL’s Group 2 Free Agents. Group 2 free agents are defined as “These players have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective Clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match.” The compensation works out to be
$994,433 or below
Over $994,433 to $1,506,716
Over $1,506,716 to $3,013,434
Over $3,013,434 to $4,520,150
First-round and third-round choice
Over $4,520,150 to $6,026,867
First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $6,026,867 to $7,533,584
Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
Four first-round choices
Then this got me wondering wow if Buffalo let Vanek walk when he was offered that 7 year, $7,142,857 per season cap hit offer sheet they would have gotten Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice. So this brings me to my point while looking at this years list of Group 2 free agents I found some very good players that I am surprised have not been tendered offer sheets by other teams. In bold are the “better players” IMO.
Group 2 FAs: Colby Armstrong, Jordan Lavallee, Scott Lehman, Kari Lehtonen, Grant Lewis, Boris Valabik.
Group 2 FAs: Matt Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Kevin Regan.
Group 2 FAs: Patrick Kaleta, Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari, Andrej Sekera, Drew Stafford, Marek Zagrapan.
Group 2 FAs: Dustin Boyd, Kris Chucko.
Group 2 FAs: Mike Angelidis, Anton Babchuk, Brett Carson, Bryan Rodney, Tuomo Ruutu.
Group 2 FAs: Bryan Bickell.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Group 2 FAs: Michael Blunden, Dan LaCosta, Marc Methot, Alexandre Picard, Alexander Svitov.
Group 2 FAs: Mark Fistric.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Group 2 FAs: Jiri Hudler (also see NHL leaving douche bag), Evan McGrath, Ryan Oulahen.
Group 2 FAs: Gilbert Brule, Devan Dubnyk, Denis Grebeshkov, Colin McDonald, Ryan Potulny, Liam Reddox, Rob Schremp, Ladislav Smid, Ryan Stone.
Group 2 FAs: David Brine.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Group 2 FAs: Drew Bagnall, Brady Murray, Joe Piskula, Ted Purcell.
Group 2 FAs: Kyle Brodziak, Robbie Earl, Josh Harding, Danny Irmen, Benoit Pouliot, Clayton Stoner.
Group 2 FAs: Shawn Belle, Matt D'Agostini, Guillaume Latendresse, Tomas Plekanec, Gregory Stewart.
Group 2 FAs: Ryan Jones, Ryan Maki, Cal O'Reilly, Antti Pihlstrom, Kelsey Wilson.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Group 2 FAs: Patrick Davis, Mark Fraser, Petr Vrana, Travis Zajac.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Group 2 FAs: Jeremy Colliton, Blake Comeau, Trevor Smith, Nate Thompson.
NEW YORK RANGERS
Group 2 FAs: Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Lauri Korpikoski, Corey Potter, Nikolai Zherdev.
Group 2 FAs: Brian Elliott, Mattias Karlsson, Derek Smith.
Group 2 FAs: Ryan Dingle(berry) (Yes, I had to do it), Jared Ross, Danny Syvret.
Group 2 FAs: Nigel Dawes, Sami Lepisto, Enver Lisin, Alexander Nikulin, Dave Spina, Sean Sullivan, Josh Tordjman, Scottie Upshall, Daniel Winnik, Keith Yandle.
Group 2 FAs: John Curry, Ben Lovejoy, Tim Wallace.
ST. LOUIS BLUES
Group 2 FAs: Jonathan Filewich, Chris Holt, Roman Polak, Steve Wagner.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Group 2 FAs: Thomas Greiss, Brad Staubitz.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Group 2 FAs: Blair Jones, Martins Karsums, Matt Lashoff, Mike Lundin, Karri Ramo, Matt Smaby, Radek Smolenak, Lauri Tukonen.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Group 2 FAs: Darryl Boyce, Alex Foster, Ryan Hamilton, Justin Pogge, Tim Stapleton.
Group 2 FAs: Jannik Hansen, Nathan McIver, Kyle Wellwood.
Group 2 FAs: Chris Bourque, Eric Fehr, Boyd Gordon, Milan Jurcina, Shaone Morrisonn, Steven Pinizzotto, Jeff Schultz, Kyle Wilson.
Talk amongst yourselves and debate on who, if anyone, you could see the Rangers targeting. Also I would like to hear from you guys on who you think would get tendered an offer sheet by any team.
(Note: all Quoted work "borrowed" from NHL.com)