Of the players on the active roster in the playoffs, seven are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 while another two will be restricted free agents. General Manager George McPhee will have many decisions to make, though he wouldn’t comment specifically on any changes that he was considering.
“In my own mind, I know, and I could see it during the series and all through the playoffs what I want to do for next season, and it's crazy, even during games, I'm writing down lineups for next year based on the way things are going, the way people are playing and what we have in our organization,” McPhee said, declining to expand too much further.
“There's a certain place I want to get to with the team and I think we have it within our organization to get there,” McPhee added. “I don't think we have to go outside the organization, which is nice. So I want to spend more time talking to our scouts about that and what they've seen in our young players this year. But we've really got some good ones, real difference makers. And that's something we'll sort through in the next few months.”
Here’s a breakdown of the players set to become free agents and what they earned in the 2010-11 season:
Jason Arnott, UFA, $4.5 million
“It definitely would be my first choice to come back and try to win here,” Arnott said Thursday after his exit interview.
Brooks Laich, UFA, $2,066,667
“Yeah, I haven’t thought a lot about that,” Laich said Thursday when asked if he wants to return. “The focus is obviously on trying to win the Stanley Cup. Just sit down with my agent and discuss what he has in mind. I haven’t talked to him, I haven’t talked to George. We haven’t talked about anything. Focused on winning.”
Matt Bradley, UFA, $1 million
Boyd Gordon, UFA, $800,000
Scott Hannan, UFA, $4.5 million
Marco Sturm, UFA, $3.5 million
Sean Collins, UFA, $650,000
Karl Alzner, RFA, $1.675 million
Semyon Varlamov, RFA, $821,667
In March, Varlamov’s Russian agent said several KHL clubs are interested in the young goaltender, but that possibility didn’t seem to phase McPhee.
“If he wants to go to the KHL, let him go,” McPhee said Thursday. “This is the best league in the world and most players want to play here. I don't pay any attention to that stuff with any of the European players. If they want to go to Europe to play, go back to play. If that's what they do, then you've got the wrong guy.”