CLS Fantasy Guide Part 4: Contract Years

Kovalchuk will be able to afford even better kilts once he gets another contract

Although it is not the #1 factor in selecting a player, my general rule is: when in doubt, draft a guy who will go into the season with the undeniable motivation of filthy, sweaty gobs of money. With that in mind, here is a list of THE MOST NOTABLE players whose contracts will expire after this season.

(For a full list go to CapGeek.com, click on free agents and the click on “Expiry Year: 2010” and “Free Agent Type: ALL”.)

2010-11 UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS of note
Ilya Kovalchuk
Marc Savard
Nicklas Lidstrom
Evgeni Nabokov
Sergei Gonchar
Patrick Marleau
Marty Turco
Alex Frolov
Alex Tanguay
Paul Kariya
Vyacheslav Kozlov
Ray Whitney
Olli Jokinen
(and more)

2010-11 RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS of note

Nicklas Backstrom (Forward)
Patrick Kane
Jonathan Toews
Alex Semin
Bobby Ryan
Cam Ward
Carey Price
Ryan Kesler
Peter Mueller
Erik Johnson
Duncan Keith
Braydon Coburn
Devin Setoguchi
Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen
James Neal
Blake Wheeler
(and more)

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