Training camps are here and the first preseason game is just a couple of days away, but there are still a lot of well-known players looking for a place to play. A lot of players with lengthy track records are accepting invitations to camp without a guarantee of a job, and others can't even get that much of an offer.
Here's an updated look at the top unrestricted free agents still on the market (players unsigned through September 24):
||17-19-36 in 65 GP
||Satan has been among the NHL's most consistent scorers for the past decade. But he didn't mesh as a linemate with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and is coming off his worst season since 1995-96. He'll have to prove his scoring touch hasn't disappeared.
||18-21-39 in 50 GP
||Lang turns 39 in December and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury, potentially cutting down on the number of interested teams. But before he got hurt, he showed he still had something left in the tank.
in 71 GP
|The former Selke winner may still have some value as a checker, penalty-killer, faceoff man and leader. But he's now 35, and injuries have taken away most of his offensive ability.
in 70 GP
|Bayda, a college star at North Dakota, finally managed to play a full season in the NHL after bouncing up and down between Carolina and the AHL for five seasons. He is in camp with Pittsburgh.
in 81 GP
|Betts and Fredrik Sjostrom (who signed with Calgary) formed one of the NHL's best penalty-killing tandems last season. But Betts is coming off a serious facial injury, which limited interest in his skills. He's in camp with Philadelphia on a tryout contract.
||6-14-20 in 48 GP
||Afinogenov's play has dropped off severely in the past two seasons, during which he's also been plagued by injuries. He's in Atlanta's camp on a tryout.
||13-32-45 in 81 GP
||Moore, a mid-tier center, was having a decent season for Toronto before being dealt to Buffalo at the trade deadline. He's a nice No. 3 center but might be stretched as a No. 2.
||11-16-27 in 67 GP
||Hilbert is a hard worker in all three zones, has some offensive ability and can also kill penalties. He'd make a solid bottom-six forward for someone. He's trying to earn a job with Minnesota.
||9-19-28 in 41 GP
||The Canucks hoped adding Sundin at midseason would be the last piece needed for a long playoff run, but he never really found his game after joining the team in January. At 38, he's in the twilight of his career and may not return.
in 74 GP
|He's now 30 and hasn't reached double figures in goals since 2006-07, so Calder is going to have to take less money and a short-term deal if he hopes to keep an NHL job. He's in camp with Anaheim.
in 81 GP
|At 29, Skoula doesn't bring a lot of offense to the table, but he's been a reliable minutes-muncher for years and owns a Stanley Cup ring from his days in Colorado. Florida invited him to training camp.
||14-18-32 in 72 GP
||Bergeron owns one of the NHL's biggest slappers from the point but struggles in his own zone. He could thrive in the right situation with a team that can maximize his strengths.
in 56 GP
|Backman was something of a disappointment for the Blue Jackets, who acquired him from the Rangers last summer. He got a training-camp invitation from Florida.
||3-12-15 in 73 GP
||At 37, Sydor's resume includes a couple of Stanley Cup rings. He can serve as a mentor for young defenders and still contribute on the ice. He got a camp invite from St. Louis, which has several young defensemen.
||2-8-10 in 68 GP
||He's now 36 and has never produced more than 5 goals or 17 points in a season. The 6-5, 240-pounder is getting a look from Anaheim.
||16-8-3 2.59 GAA
||With Tim Thomas firmly in place as the starter in Boston and youngster Tuukka Rask as the backup, Fernandez is having trouble getting a nibble as he looks for another job. He's played more than 44 games in a season just once in his career (2005-06, with Minnesota).
||13-9-2 3.18 GAA
||One season after making the All-Star Game, Legace spent the last half of 2008-09 in the minors after Chris Mason took the No. 1 job. The 36-year-old got a camp invite from Atlanta.
||5-9-1 3.57 GAA
||At age 42, Joseph likely won't get a chance to extend his regular-season victory total of 454.