Bleeps And Bloops: Free Agents Still Available

Posted: July 12, 2011 by cujorulesdtown9 in Free Agency, Injury, NHL
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Looking at some of the still available unrestricted free agents that could help a team this year.

Alex Kovalev (PHOTO: Getty Images)

FORWARD:

Brendan Morrison, Center (UPDATE:  Re-Signed with Calgary 7/15/11)

Cory Stillman, Left Wing: 39 points split between Florida and Carolina last year, would be a good addition to anyone looking for powerplay help (12 of 39 points came on the man advantage).

Sergei Samsonov, Left Wing: 40 points last year, still capable of producing offensively. But he’s only for a team that could put him on a line with a decent centerman.  If the team can provide that, he could be a nice addition.

John Madden, Center: If you need a depth center who’s willing to grind it out, he’s your man.  25 points with Minnesota last year despite a -9 +/- rating.

Vinny Prospal, Center: Despite a knee injury last year, still managed 29 points with The Rangers. Another option for those seeking powerplay help (10/29 pts came on the man advantage) and/or a veteran presence in the locker room who can contribute on and off the ice.

Alex Kovalev, Right Wing: Not quite what he used to be, but still worth a sign if  and only if the price is right. Managed 34 points between Ottawa and Pittsburgh last year.

Brent Sopel (PHOTO: Getty Images)

DEFENSE:

Steve Staios: A veteran who can still block a shot and contribute offensively every once in a while (10 pts in 39 games w/ Calgary last year), far from a top pairing guy, but could prove valuable depth wise.

Craig Rivet: Despite a knee injury and sitting out most of last year, well worth a pickup for the right price as a depth defenseman and nothing more.  A decent shot blocker.

Ruslan Salei: Very limited offensive abilities, but another good depth move for a final pairing.  3rd on the team in shot blocks last year with Detroit.

Brent Sopel: This defensive defenseman would be a good addition to any team.

Bryan Mccabe: He’s still got some gas left in the tank, 28 points split between Florida and New York last year. Would be a decent addition to a good powerplay, but he isn’t too shabby at even strength either.

Ray Emery (PHOTO: CBC)

GOALTENDER:

Ray Emery: Coming back from a potentially career ending medical condition, Emery shined in Anaheim going 7-2-0 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.28 goals against average. Could be a valuable backup or 1B goalie.

Marty Turco: While last season didn’t go as well as he would have liked, he would still be a decent backup on any team, he’s  past being a #1 goalie.

Pascal Leclaire: A risky sign ( as he’s been known to injure himself picking up a pen to sign a contract) but Pascal still has the ability to be a goaltender in the NHL, just not sure if it is as a #1.

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Comments
  1. Dan MacNeal says:

    The question for GM’s now is, do they go with these guys or promote from within. Obviously not a top prospect who’s not ready yet, but maybe that guy who is a decent prospect and maybe can score some goals could be a fit on a 3rd line. Does the GM want him, or say, Samsonov, for example.

    I really don’t see anyone picking up Kovalev until close to training camp, if at all.

  2. JoeyD says:

    I think some of these defensemen will get picked up during camp. Some GMs will go with an experienced guy for their 3rd pairing if they arent comfortable with their young D.

  3. Dan MacNeal says:

    I’m actually surprised Sopel and Staios are still available. I wonder if Rivet will retire?

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