In 2009, Gaborik had his share of health problems again, playing in only 17 games, but still registering 23 points (13G, 10A). Gaborik is a superstar talent, there is no question, but he has been marred with injury bugs. It will be interesting to see if coming out of the Northwest Division will be a benefit to his health or not. It was quite the grind playing against Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Colorado.
Brashear's 2009 numbers were quite low, as per his normal numbers. He had only 4 points in 63 games with the Capitals and found himself a healthy scratch on numerous occasions. His role in the Big Apple is still unclear, but he should be figuring in somehow.
|Chris Drury||Michal Rozsival||Henrik Lundqvist|
|Marian Gaborik||Wade Redden|
|Sean Avery||Dan Girardi|
|Aaron Voros||Marc Staal|
The 10 players listed above still have a questionable cap amount of $39.6 million, which means they'll be negotiating hard on their remaining restricted free agents (Nikolai Zherdev, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Chris Higgins, Lauri Korpikoski and Brian Boyle) to make sure that they all fit underneath the $56.8 million cap ceiling.