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Fearless Free Agency Forecasts v2.0 Written by habsfan93 - November 30th, -0001

On Monday, some big names started hiring moving companies. Scott Niedermayer signed a league maximum deal to spend the next 4 years in Edmonton. J-P Dumont doubled his previous salary and will be moving across the country to play for the Flyers. Martin Biron will be doing the same, but unlike Dumont, he seems to have a preference for the warmer climate as he moves from LA to Tampa Bay.

Some other free agents were heavily pursued but weren't able to come to terms. Mathieu Schneider and Ethan Moreau tower above them all as both turned down lucrative offers from the Sabres in favor of greener pastures. Will they continue to be pursued by Buffalo or will other teams capitalize on the opportunity and jump into the mix.

Joining them are other men who turned down initial offers like Rob Niedermayer, Johan Hedberg and Pascal Dupuis. Will teams get a second shot at the cream of the Free Agent crop?

We won't know until Thursday, but for now, here's a rundown of the rumour mill going through the CMHL today...

Mathieu Schneider, after rebuffing the Sabres, apparently did not receive a counter offer. Clearly annoying Ludo Raynal is not the way to go if you want to play in Buffalo. However, three teams have stepped up to the plate with $4+ million dollar offers, and the team offering the longest deal may prevail as Schneider looks to find the team he retires with.

Ethan Moreau, widely considered to be one of the best penalty killers in the league, got widespread attention for the 2nd time in a row, as teams were lining up out the door for a chance at the Selke nominee. Rumour has it that a Western Canadian team is the leading candidate to secure his services after outbidding a Pacific division team by a mere $50,000.

Pascal Dupuis also has had a busy telephone, as he looks to sign a much better deal than the one offered last weekend by the Flames. However, a Canadian team does appear to be leading the charge on this one - one that Dupuis is familiar with, having played them eight times last season.

Rob Niedermayer told reporters that he is a big fan of wind-surfing and that this may influence his decision on where to go as a team that can support that type of addiction has stepped up with the leading offer, a 4 year deal. And Johan Hedberg appears to have rebuffed the Lightning's second offer in favour of going to a team that the Tampa Bay GM is all too familiar with.

A number of free agents who were not pursued a mere 4 days ago have started fielding offers from teams looking for a second chance at making a free agent splash. Bryan Smolinski is looking at a 2 year agreement to provide veteran leadership to a former Cup Winner. Niclas Wallin is himself looking at a 2 year agreement to get some serious playing time on one of the younger teams in the CMHL.

Some would argue that Steve Rucchin is the best offensive forward left in the Free Agency pool, which isn't saying much, but he seems to be getting set to sign a 1 year deal to play for the same team as Nic Wallin. And the team that has undergone the most radical makeover this season appears set to pay big money to Josef Melichar, hoping he can provide some stability as they try and make the playoffs for the first time in a long time. And to finish things off, Dan Cloutier appears to have found a spot as a backup on a former Cup Winning team as he tries to win a Cup ring before GM's realize he can't actually stop any pucks.

Quick Hits Rumours

Some other rumours circulating the league include:

- Derek Armstrong to Chicago
- Kirk Maltby to the Ducks
- Greg deVries to the Kings
- Jed Ortmeyer to Edmonton
- Stephane Yelle to the Blue Jackets
- Kevin Weekes to the Stars
- Jarkko Ruutu and ville Peltonen to the Sabres
- Dave Scatchard to the Flames
- Craig Conroy to the Thrashers
- Eddie the Eagle to the Yotes

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