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Michael Farber
January 29, 2001
HERE ARE the 10 NHL players SI ranks as being the most likely to sign megabuck contracts as unrestricted free agents following this season.
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January 29, 2001

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HERE ARE the 10 NHL players SI ranks as being the most likely to sign megabuck contracts as unrestricted free agents following this season.

1. D ROB BLAKE, 31, Kings
He is one of only five backliners worthy of being called a franchise player

2. C JOE SAKIC, 31, Avalanche
An elite scorer with a potent wrist shot and underrated leadership skills

3. G SEAN BURKE, 34, Coyotes
Thought to be on the scrap heap, he has revamped his style this season and salvaged his career; will come cheaper than Patrick Roy

4. LW JOHN LECLAIR, 31, Flyers
Top scoring power forward moves up to No. 2 on our list if his ailing back is 100%

5. G PATRICK ROY, 35, Avalanche
A proven winner (three Stanley Cups) whose skills have barely slipped

6. D JASON YORK, 30, Senators
Unheralded defensive backliner who can play in almost any team's top four

7. C PIERRE TURGEON, 31, Blues
Dynamic scorer needs to boost postseason output to guarantee a monster deal

8. RW MARTIN LAPOINTE, 27, Red Wings
Grinding, physical player is capable of scoring 20 goals per season

9. RW ALEXANDER MOGILNY, 31, Devils
Classic contract-year performer who can still dazzle with his offensive skills

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