With just over two months left until the 2009/10 NHL season kicks off and some big named free agents are still unsigned, there is definitely room for change. Top of the list of unknowns is the always enigmatic Mats Sundin. Sundin spent most of last season deciding whether to return or not, and eventually signed a pro-rated $ 8.6 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks to score just 28 points in 41 games. Sundin's play improved in the playoffs, where he managed 8 points in 8 games, but the Canucks were still eliminated. Now Sundin is again undecided whether he will return or not. If a team picks him up, Sundin could either be a huge differentiator or a major distraction during the negotiations. This is a tough call, but if Sundin returns, I'm guessing he's only playing half a season ... not to mention that he's probably going to have to take a pay cut.

Next on the list are former Habs Alex Tanguay and Mathieu Schneider. Both had OK seasons with the Canadiens last year, but after bringing in many new players, neither of them appear to be part of GM Bob Gainey's current plans. Schneider is a skilled offensive referee who could change the dynamics of teams missing on the blueline, while Tanguay, although he has not yet reached the plateau, has the caliber of a 30-goal, 80-point scorer.

Players who may need a pay cut to get a deal are Keith Tkachuk, Mike Comrie, Robert Lang, Maxim Afinogenov and Miroslav Satan. All earned over $ 3 million last season. Few, if any, of them earned it. Among the more affordable free agents left are Petr Sykora, Jason Williams and Todd Bertuzzi. Of his 13 NHL seasons, Sykora has scored 20+ goals eight times and reached 30+ twice. Even though it's aging, Sykora is still a reliable winger who can bring an instant leap to any team's depth map. Jason Williams spent last season in Columbus, but rumors that he would either return to the team that drafted him, the Detroit Red Wings, or possibly signed with the KHL. The possibility of him staying in Columbus is not ruled out either, but looks unlikely. Todd Bertuzzi is a story in itself. A promising goal scorer in his rookie season, Bertuzzi struggled with injuries and inconsistencies until he played some of his best hockey in Vancouver with Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund. After an incident that saw Bertuzzi hit the punch of Colorado center Steve Moore in the back of the head, Bertuzzi never played another game like Canuck. After playing with the Panthers, Red Wings, Ducks and Flames, Bertuzzi is starting to regain his form and can be a great addition for a team that needs gravel and secondary scoring.

As for releasing goalkeepers, it stands out in particular - Manny Fernandez. In 325 games, Fernandez has 143 wins, 15 of which were shutouts, a .912 reduction percentage and goals against the average of just 2.50. With Tim Thomas and kid Tuukka Rask in Boston, Fernandez was not offered a new contract. The goalie market is not strong at the moment, but look for a team like Atlanta or even Detroit to pick him up. https://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com/

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The NFL draft on paper is pretty straightforward. Teams are ranked from worst to best based on their performance the year before.