Which Coyotes Unrestricted Free Agent Is Expendable?

 

The Phoenix Coyotes have a number of players on their NHL current roster who will be unrestricted free agents (UFAs) at the end of the season.  The team has a high number of UFAs, in part due to the ownership situation. Player's who are going to be unrestricted free agents have traditionally been more likely to be traded at that deadline than RFA's or players under contract for the following season.  Click on this link to Capgeek see who on the roster is a UFA and how much their current salary is. For the poll below we excluded marginal NHL players as well as AHL players from the choices, as well as Petr Prucha given the fact that no one is likely going to trade for his rights.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Eric Belanger 62 9 18 27 2 22 1 1 2 90

Eric Belanger is making $750,000 this season.  His late addition to the club was seen as another one of GM Don Maloney's value moves.  Belanger has been productive and his numbers are in line with his career production.  However, he is a stop gap and a 3C playing the role of a 1C or 2C a lot of nights.

 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ilya Bryzgalov 49 2898 27 14 123 2.55 1517 1394 .919 5

Ilya Bryzgalov is making $4,250,000 this season.  He is seen as the cornerstone of the team.  If it weren't for the ownership situation he would probably already be re-signed to a multi-year contract extension. 

 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Vernon Fiddler 52 6 10 16 3 40 0 1 2 70

Vernon Fiddler is making $1,100,000 this season.  Fiddler's value is as a penalty killer and faceoff man.  When he was out of the lineup the Coyotes really struggled to replace him.

 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Ed Jovanovski 47 5 9 14 3 37 1 0 1 70

Ed Jovanovski is making $6,200,000 this season.  However, most of that is already accounted for.  Few would argue that he isn't overpaid, however most of his salary this season is already paid for.  While Jovo hasn't been the player he was advertised to be when he was signed, he is a reliable and physical presence on the blueline and a leader in the locker room.

 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jason LaBarbera 16 823 6 6 47 3.43 482 435 .902 2

Jason Labarbera is making $1,000,000 this season.  While he has not performed as well as he did last season, he does have two shutouts in the limited amount of starts he has had.   The question really is do feel Matt Climie could do as good a job as Labarbera can?

 

Scottie Upshall states were not available through our stats service due to his suspension.  However, his stats can be found here.  Upshall is making $2,250,000 this season.  He is on track to meet or slightly surpass his career averages in goals and assists.  His salary and production make him valuable both to the Coyotes and to possible trade partners.

 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Radim Vrbata 59 15 21 36 1 14 8 0 2 189

Radim Vrbata is making $3,000,000 this season.  With his recent scoring outburst Vrbata is on track to score his career average of 20 goals in a season.  He is a -7 is his 16 career NHL playoff games.

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