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Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 12:55 pm
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NHL free agency is unilke any other sport's. Within the first few hours -- first day at the latest -- the majority of the free agents, let alone impact players, are off the market. But not all of them.

Atop the list of players still looking for work is Tomas Kaberle. A bit maligned in Boston for the team's power-play struggles, it's not as if Kaberle isn't still good at what he does. Last season for the he had four goals and 43 assists.

It is still no foregone conclusion that he won't be back in Beantown next year. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said before free agency opened that Kaberle would test the waters, but that they would continue negotiations.

Or perhaps he could be on the radar of the Rangers down the coast. New York still needs a little bit of help on the back end and Kaberle could be a nice fit. If he doesn't make sense cap wise (the Rangers have $15 million but multiple restricted free agents left to sign) then they could stick with Bryan McCabe at a cheaper rate.

Regardless, there is still some useful talent to be had. Here's a look at the best available.

Forwards

Jason Arnott: He's a bit long in the tooth, but Arnott can be a solid veteran center for any team in the market. Scored 17 goals with 14 assists last season between New Jersey and Washington.

Jamie Langenbrunner: It will be interesting to see what role teams think Langenbrunner can fill at this point. Saw a drop of 19 points between 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Antti Miettinen: He has a little bit more youth than most of the players still up for grabs and he can provide some decent scoring. Last season with the Wild he had 16 goals, the season before he had a career-high 20. However, he could be KHL-bound.

Vaclav Prospal: Prospal played only 29 games last season due to injury, but was pretty darn productive in that time for the Rangers when the 36-year-old had nine goals and 14 assists.

Sergei Samsonov: Samsonov found a little spark after being traded to Florida at the end of last season, tallying three goals and 11 assists in 20 games for the Panthers. There is probably a home on a third line somewhere for him.

Teemu Selanne: The suspense here isn't where he will play, it is if he will play. Selanne will sign with the Ducks if he decides he'll play another season, if not it's off to the world of retirement. Still very productive with 31 goals and 49 assists last season.

Cory Stillman: Like many of the guys on the list, he is a veteran with plenty of experience but can still wield the stick a little. Stillman had 12 goals with 27 assists last season between Carolina and Florida.

Nikolai Zherdev: Zherdev has youth on his side compared to the rest here at just 26 years of age. Didn't have an incredibly productive year (and played just 56 games) with Philly last season, but with an increased role he could show more of the form that saw him score 23 and 26 goals the previous two seasons.

Defensemen

Scott Hannan: Hannan is a solid own-end defenseman who will find a home somewhere for teams looking to lock down in the back end. Because of his lack of offense (one goal, 10 assists last season) he should come at a pretty cheap price for whoever signs him.

Tomas Kaberle: After spending 11 seasons in Toronto, Kaberle could be joining his third team in three years if he doesn't return to Boston. He is still young enough (32) that he can get a pretty nice contract from some team.

Bryan McCabe: One of the better power-play captains a few years ago, McCabe still does a good job commanding the special teams. He won't command anywhere near the same contract he's coming off of and should be an affordable offensive option. Still very possible he could return to the Rangers.

Brent Sopel: Like Hannan, he's more of a defenseman's defenseman, a guy that will block shots and do his best to keep the puck out of the net. Teams interested in him won't be in the market for a top-four defenseman, but that doesn't mean he has no value, his plus-6 last season in 71 games for the Habs evidence.

Goaltenders

Ray Emery: I thought Emery might be one of the goalies teams would target, but now he and the rest of the guys on this list are left in a tough spot as the goaltender market dried up pretty quickly and the need isn't big. But Emery should find a home.

Pascal Leclaire: Leclaire could be out of luck for NHL jobs, perhaps waiting until the middle of the year when some team is looking for depth. The concern with him is the injury history as he has struggled to stay healthy for his whole career.

Marty Turco: After years as the starter in Dallas, Turco has now been pretty much relegated to a backup, playing last season behind Corey Crawford in Chicago. Could be a midseason acquisition for teams searching for some depth and experience.

By Brian Stubits

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:04 am
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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Maybe McPhee will sign Kaberle to a contract similar to Vokoun's and complete the offseason Trifecta.. I wonder maybe McPhee has photos of these guys cheating on their wives.. or he's just a really really good GM...either way ...it's all good.



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

We don't need d-men.  These guys would not make our top six.  Do you follow the Pens?



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Thought for sure that Detroit was gong after Kaberle after Ehrhoff signed in Buffalo prior to free agency. Not sure now, with tha additions of Commodore and Ian White. Think they have their 6 d-men now, if they plan on Kindl stepping into a regular role with the big club.

If Selanne is looking for one more season, personally, I think it would be fitting for him to try and finish it out in Winnipeg, the place where he started, and netted 76 in a season. Especially, with Byfuglein on the point, the Jets could use another player on the PP.

With Miettinen being available, I'd like to see Detroit throw him an offer. With the talent Detroit has, I think he could be a 25 goal scorer there.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

I would love to see Scott Hannan back with the Sharks. He is a solid, young-ish player who began his career in SJ, and he's certainly got enough in the tank to be a factor in the Tank as his +/- has been respectably workmanlike the past two seasons. And he's no stranger to the post-season having played on some quality squads.


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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Hannah, McCabe, or Sopel to the Pens.




Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Teemu should end his career in Anaheim


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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:10 am
 

Kaberle heads list of free agents still unsigned

Kaberle is soft and i wouldn't pay a used jock strap for him, but GMs aren't paying attention out there Langenbrunner and Stillman are both former Peterborough Petes and we all know 14 of the last 16 CUP champions have had at least 1 Peterborough Petes on them. Heck Jamie was the Captain of team USA. I'm a huge Bruins fan and would love to see either one of these guys fill Recci's spot( not Ricci although he was PETE as well, can never spell that guys name) although I believe the organization want Seguin in there on a permanent line. 


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