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Who's still out there? Top remaining free agents

by John Kreiser /
The big money that was thrown around in the first few days of free agency -- more than 60 players signed deals worth upwards of $260 million in salary commitments on July 1 alone -- must seem like ancient history now that we're just days from the start of training camps.
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. Many of them will have to settle for tryouts and camp invites to try to earn an NHL job.

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

Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Sergei Samsonov Florida 78 GP: 13-27-40 The 32-year-old still has plenty of skill, but he has broken the 50-point mark only once since '01-02
Fernando Pisani Chicago 60 GP: 7-9-16 The 2006 playoff hero with Edmonton stayed healthy enough to play 60 games last season, the most he's managed since 2006-07.
Trent Hunter NY Islanders 17 GP: 1-3-4 31-year-old is coming off a season-ending knee operation; he was traded to Devils in July and promptly bought out
Chris Clark Columbus 53 GP: 5-10-15 Former Washington captain, now 35, got an invite to camp with Bruins. He had to find a new home after Jackets opted not to bring him back.
Mike Grier Buffalo 73 GP: 5-11-16 Great depth forward and character guy, but after an injury-filled season, 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 leader (3 Cups) and useful checker and penalty-killer, but he's now 38 and may retire rather than relocate again
Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Nick Boynton Philadelphia 51 GP 1-7-8 The 1999 first-rounder, now 32, could still be a useful bottom-pair defenseman in the right setting
Bryan McCabe NY Rangers 67 GP: 7-21-28 Not the offensive threat he used to be, but 36-year-old still has a big shot and can help a team on the power play. Reportedly has turned down at least one invite in hopes of a contract before camps begin.
Jordan Hendry Chicago 37 GP: 1-0-1 27-year-old depth defenseman went down with a season-ending knee injury in late February. He will go to camp with Minnesota.
Chris Campoli Chicago 77 GP: 4-17-21 Hawks walked away from arbitration decision, leaving the 27-year-old former Senator and Islander as an unrestricted free agent
David Hale Ottawa 25 GP: 1-4-5 30-year-old stay-at-home journeyman is among those who will have to scramble for a job
Paul Mara Montreal 53 GP: 1-5-6 One-time first-round pick has had a lot of injury problems in the past couple of seasons, but can still be a useful depth defenseman
Anton Stralman Columbus 51 GP: 1-17-18 25-year-old Swede tumbled from 34 points in '09-10 to 18 in an injury-plagued 2010-11 season. He'll go to camp with New Jersey.
Jason Strudwick Edmonton 43 GP: 0-2-2 Turned 36 this summer and is staying in shape in hopes of getting an invitation to training camp
Steve Staios Calgary 39 GP: 3-7-10 At 38, he's seen his ice time reduced in the last couple of seasons. He still wants to play at least another year but may not find a taker.
Player '10-11 team '10-11 stats Skinny
Ray Emery Anaheim 7-2-0, 2.28 GAA Played well in 10 games after recovering from hip surgery, but likely will have to settle for being a backup. He will go to camp with Chicago.
Pascal Leclaire Ottawa 4-7-1, 2.83 GAA 2001 first-rounder (Columbus) has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and saw little action for Senators in '10-11
Marty Turco Chicago 11-11-3, 3.02 GAA The former All-Star in Dallas, now 36, was relegated to backup duty in Chicago last season after a poor start and not re-signed. He says he wants to keep playing, but hasn't found a taker yet.
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

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