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Who's still out there? Top remaining free agents

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Who's still out there? Top remaining free agents
A lot of the big-ticket free agents have been scooped up, but there's still some free-agent talent on the market.
The start of free agency saw lots of NHL teams open their wallets, with more than 60 players signed and upwards of $260 million in salary commitments on July 1 alone.

But as we head toward the end of July, there are still plenty of players looking for a home -- either with the team they played for in 2010-11 or one that has a hole to fill.

Here's a look at some of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market, including a handful of former All-Stars:

FORWARDS
Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 73 GP: 31-49-80 Future Hall of Famer might retire after knee surgery; if he plays, he'll be back as a Duck
Fredric Sjostrom Toronto 66 GP: 2-3-5 Good checker and penalty-killer, but the 2001 first-rounder (by Phoenix) has never produced big offensive numbers
Cory Stillman Carolina 65 GP: 12-27-39 Had 16 points in 21 games after returning to 'Canes at trade deadline
Sergei Samsonov Florida 78 GP: 13-27-40 Skilled 32-year-old has only broken 50-point mark once since '05-06.
Chris Drury NY Rangers 24 GP: 1-4-5 Rangers bought out their captain, now 34, after an injury-plagued season.
Nikolay Zherdev Philadelphia 56 GP: 16-6-22 Incredible skill level but has yet to turn those skills into consistent production
Jarkko Ruutu Anaheim 73 GP: 3-9-12 Feisty forward turns 36 in August and may have to scramble to find a new home
Alex Kovalev Pittsburgh 74 GP: 16-18-34 At 38 and with 428 NHL goals, he may have a hard time extending his career
Kyle Wellwood San Jose 35 GP 5-8-13 Became useful third-liner for the Sharks, but likely to need a new home after trades in San Jose.
Mike Grier Buffalo 73 GP: 5-11-16 Great depth forward and character guy, but how much is left in the tank at age 36?
J-P Dumont Nashville 70 GP: 10-9-19 Nashville bought out six-time 20-goal scorer, now 33, after a disappointing season.
John Madden Minnesota 76 GP: 12-13-25 Still a useful leader (3 Cups) and checker, but he's now 38
DEFENSE
Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Nick Boynton Philadelphia 51 GP 1-7-8 Former first-rounder, now 32, could still be useful bottom-pair defenseman.
Bryan McCabe NY Rangers 67 GP: 7-21-28 Still has big shot and can help a team on the power play
Scott Hannan Washington 78 GP: 1-10-11 Solid defender at age 32, but lack of offensive skill will limit options and money
Chris Campoli Chicago 77 GP: 4-17-21 Hawks walked away from arbitration decision, leaving the 27-year-old as an unrestricted free agent
Brent Sopel Montreal 71 GP: 2-5-7 Still a good shot-blocker and defender who could help as a bottom-pair defenseman
Paul Mara Montreal 53 GP: 1-5-6 Former first-round pick has had a lot of injury problems in the past couple of seasons, but can still be a useful depth defenseman
Jack Hillen NY Islanders 64 GP: 4-18-22 Undersized but skilled defenseman figures to find a home on a team that needs a small, young (25) puck-mover
Shane Hnidy Boston 3 GP: 0-0-0 35-year-old got to drink from the Cup with B's in the spring, but he's going to have to work hard to find a new home for the fall
Steve Staios Calgary 39 GP: 3-17-10 At 37, he's seen his playing time reduced and will have to scramble for a new home
GOALIES
Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Ray Emery Anaheim 7-2-0, 2.28 GAA Played 10 games after recovering from hip surgery; will have to settle for being a backup
Pascal Leclaire Ottawa 4-7-1, 2.83 GAA 2001 first-rounder (Columbus) has been plagued by injuries throughout his career
Marty Turco Chicago 11-11-3, 3.02 GAA Former All-Star in Dallas was relegated to backup duty in Chicago last season
Martin Gerber Edmonton 3-0-0, 1.30 GAA The 36-year-old Swiss native spent most of the season in the AHL, but won all three NHL starts for the last-place Oilers.


Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp