(Yes, I know that is the most obvious headline possible. Sorry.)
Now that the first few days of unrestricted free agency are just about done, it’s time to start checking out the players who are on hockey’s version of the “clearance” aisle. One of the more interesting players is Miroslav Satan – even if his name has barely been uttered in free agent talks or even “What about that guy?” conversations.
There are plenty of reasons why the free agent market for the funny-last-named winger is lukewarm, at best. While there aren’t any concrete stories, rumor has it that Satan wore out his welcome in locker rooms, particularly with his former long-time team the Buffalo Sabres. He’s also put up some mediocre numbers in the regular season the last few years, scoring 14 points in 38 games for Boston last season, 36 in 08-09 and 41 in 07-08. Not exactly impressive numbers for a guy who doesn’t bring much more to the table besides scoring ability.
Satan is also 35 years old, so chances are teams aren’t interested in giving him more than a one-year deal.
That being said, we’re nearing that time when general managers are eye-balling that marked-down dented can of green beans, looking for a good deal at a lowered risk. Even if it means that the moves will fail to set the world on fire.
One thing you can say for Satan is that he played very well when the Bruins needed him the most. As Marc Savard and David Krejci dealt with some injury concerns, he scored some key goals even as the team failed to finish off the Philadelphia Flyers. The 10 points he put up in 13 games qualifies as his second best playoff performance ever, only behind his 13 points in 13 playoff games with the Buffalo Sabres during the 00-01 postseason.
Sure, 13 games is a pretty small sample and Satan failed to make it happen while getting a prime opportunity skating with Sidney Crosby during the 08-09 campaign. Going into the playoffs, I thought Satan’s NHL career was over, but after producing at a near point-per-game pace, he might be able to stick in the league for another season or two.
Should your team consider making a deal with Satan? Tell us in the comments.