You Can't Replace Grabbo

The top scoring UFAs this season:

Name Team GP G A PTS
Teemu Selanne ANA 48 15 30 45
Ray Whitney PHX 50 15 27 42
Zach Parise NJ 48 15 25 40
Olli Jokinen CGY 50 12 26 38
Jaromir Jagr PHI 40 12 22 34
Ryan Smyth EDM 49 16 18 34
Dennis Wideman WSH 48 9 25 34
Jiri Hudler DET 49 15 17 32
Mikhail Grabovski TOR 43 16 16 32
Shane Doan PHX 50 15 15 30
Kyle Wellwood WPG 50 9 21 30
Milan Hejduk COL 51 12 17 29
Nicklas Lidstrom DET 49 10 18 28
Alexander Semin WSH 44 12 16 28
Ryan Suter NAS 47 5 23 28
Saku Koivu ANA 40 9 17 26
Petr Sykora NJ 48 12 14 26
Tuomo Ruutu CAR 51 15 11 26
Kyle Brodziak MIN 49 13 13 26
Todd Bertuzzi DET 43 10 15 25
Matt Carle PHI 48 4 21 25
Jason Arnott STL 48 12 12 24
Chris Kelly BOS 47 14 10 24
Lee Stempniak CGY 50 12 12 24
Steve Sullivan PIT 49 9 14 23

*numbers listed are from Jan 31, 2012 prior to games being played.

This was the UFA scoring race before the start of hockey tonight. Mikhail "Birthday Boy" Grabovski added to his solid totals with a 2 goal, 1 assist night. Good enough to move him past Wideman, Hudler, Smyth and tie him with Jagr, at the time I wrote this. That puts Grabovski 5th in points, and gives him the lead in goal scorers. Olli Jokinen is the only center with better numbers, and Parise is the only player in his 20s with better numbers.

There isn't a replacement for him available this summer, and his offensive numbers are consistent with the players that seem to be deemed star forwards.

In fact here are a few comparisons:
Rick Nash: 17 goals/33 points
Ryan Getzlaf: 8 goals/34 points
Paul Stastny: 13 goals/30 points
Bobby Ryan: 19 goals/31 points

A few other notes from the above table:
1. A lot of those people are really old
2. What the hell is Wellwood doing there?
3. If Grabbo isn't resigned then Ryan Suter better be a Leaf on July 1st.
4. Zach Parise is going to sign a bat shit crazy contract and thankfully it's unlikely to be coming from Toronto
5. Fuck Lee Stempniak
6. I'm going to assume the Sabres make a stupid offer to Hudler
7. Besides Ryan Suter, Frans Neilsen, Barret Jackman, and Josh Harding it's worth sitting out Free Agency
8. Size up front isn't going to be addressed through Free Agency.
9. Semin will be a huge disappointment for someone
10. Lee Stempniak really is an asshole.

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