Top Ten Free Agents Still Available

Free Agent Frenzy began Friday as it normally does with a boatload of deals (60) involving 26 of the 30 teams with the dollar value of the combined contracts exceeding over $350 million dollars.  Thanks for the lockout, but nothing seems to have changed on the salary front.

That said, whether your team chose not to participate, or was relatively quiet with not much to report (many), there are still a few valuable players left that can help a hockey club.  Here’s a list of 10 quality players that are looking for work either with their former team, or somewhere new.

Forwards:

* Jaromir Jagr:  Despite a poor showing in the Stanley Cup Final, the veteran still proved that he has some gas left in the tank.  Jagr can be a very valuable part of many team’s top six forwards, and is still dangerous on the power play.  He’s likely not looking for too much in salary and with the right fit can give someone one more good year.

* Mason Raymond:  This writer is shocked that Raymond hasn’t been snatched up yet.  His best season with Vancouver was in 2009-2010 when he scored 22 goals  in a more prominent role than he played this past season when he scored 10 goals and added 12 assists in 46 games.  Raymond has been mentioned quite often on this site as someone that can be a game changer, and is a solid two way player entering his prime.  Still say he’d be a great fit here in South Florida.

* Damien Brunner:  A top six forward who is 27 years old just completed his first tour of NHL duty with the Detroit Red Wings scoring 12 goals and had 14 assists in 44 games.  He made even more of an impact in the post season with five goals and four assists in 14 games.  He’ll command a good salary, but appears to be a player to that will be worth the money.

* Mikhail Grabovski:  After being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, this highly skilled forward has the ability to be a dynamic player.  It’s a known fact that he didn’t see eye to eye with his coach Randy Carlyle, and his attitude may be something that scares teams away.  Yet he’ll be happiest with a responsible top six role where he can be creative offensively.

* Derek Roy:  Regardless of his size (5′-9″), Roy can handle more than you think he would.  A very solid two way player that can win key faceoffs, and play on both special teams, Roy can be very effective over an 82 game season when healthy.  Had three very good seasons in Buffalo which saw his stock rise.  Can be almost anyone’s second line center.

* Brenden Morrow:  The former captain of the Dallas Stars is another veteran player who still has the ability to be a productive player.  You’ll never have to worry about his effort, his leadership skills are among the best in the league, and add the sandpaper that he brings with his game and you get a very competitive player.  Always one of my favorites, Morrow showed some spark after being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins late in the season with six goals, eight assists in 15 regular season games.

* Daniel Cleary:  Typing his name frustrates me as Cleary is just that type of player.  He won’t score much, and won’t be your fastest player, but all the other things he does more than make up for it.  Another veteran with solid leadership skills, a hard and physical attitude, Cleary is your “perfect” third line player.  He’s also one of the league’s best penalty killers.

Defencemen:

* Douglas Murray:  Don’t look for world class speed, or quick movement here.  But if you need a solid defensive defenceman, who is a “stay at home” type, Murray provides that.  Very tough to play against, and he hits almost everything that moves, as long as he can get to it.  Not at all flashy, but dependable, and will drop the mitts if needed.

* Joe Corvo:  The 36 year old blueliner has been known throughout his career as a power play specialist.  If you can live with that, and need a veteran leader to be your 5th or 6th guy, then Corvo can easily fill that roll.  doesn’t play flashy at all, and is responsible at both ends of the ice.

Goaltending:

* Ilya Bryzgalov:  Tough choice here, however Bryz needs to get out from underneath the disaster of Philadelphia.  His game took a beating there, which may have been a result of his new found wackyness.  He was bought out of a situation in Philly that was headed for disaster the moment he signed his big contract.  Going to a place with less media attention, and less pressure may work for him and allow him to get his game back.

Thanks for reading.  We welcome your comments and opinions.

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