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The Official Site of the Nashville Predators A look at 30 of the top remaining free agents

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

The first week of free agency saw lots of NHL teams open their wallets, but there are still dozens of players looking for a home, either with the club they played for in 2011-12 or one that has a hole it hopes to fill.

Here's a look at 30 of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market:

as of July 10, 2012
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 82 GP 24-40-66 Future Hall of Famer might retire, but if he plays, he'll be back as a Duck
Alexander Semin Washington 77 GP 21-33-54 Dynamic player with game-altering talent, but appears to have reached end of the line with Caps
Tim Stapleton Winnipeg 63 GP 11-16-27 Small but useful forward is coming off his best NHL season and can help as a depth forward who has some scoring touch
Shane Doan Phoenix 79 GP 22-28-50 Longtime Coyotes captain will wait a few days before making a decision on leaving the only franchise he's ever played for
Mike Knuble Washington 72 GP 6-12-18 40-year-old forward looking for a new home after dropping from 24 goals in '10-11 to six this past season
Tomas Holmstrom Detroit 74 GP 11-13-24 The 39-year-old isn't the scoring force he once was, but he remains an unmovable force in front of the net on the power play
Peter Mueller Colorado 32 GP 7-9-16 Avs opted to let concussion-plagued 24-year-old become a free agent after his third straight injury-marred season
Jason Blake Anaheim 45 GP 7-5-12 Now 38, Blake is coming off a serious injury and his worst offensive season in a decade
Jason Arnott St. Louis 72 GP 17-17-34 At 37, not the offensive force he used to be, but still capable of providing points and leadership
Andrei Kostitsyn Nashville 72 GP 16-20-36 The older Kostitsyn brother, still just 27, can be a top-six forward in the right situation
Brian Rolston Boston 70 GP 7-17-24 The 39-year-old was reinvigorated when he landed with the Bruins last season, scoring 15 points in 21 games
Daymond Langkow Phoenix 73 GP 11-19-30 35-year-old center has 1,090 NHL games and 270 goals on his resume, but is no longer a top-six forward
Dominic Moore San Jose 79 GP 4-21-25 Veteran center turns 32 in August; could be headed for 10th NHL team
Kyle Wellwood Winnipeg 77 GP 18-29-47 Slick but undersized center is coming off best offensive season of his career
Petr Sykora New Jersey 82 GP 21-23-44 Made Devils at camp and proved his scoring touch hadn't disappeared
Brett Clark Tampa Bay 82 GP 2-13-15 Points dropped from 31 to 15; minus-26 rating was also a big drop from 2010-11. Even at 35, still useful as bottom-pair or defenseman.
Carlo Colaiacovo St. Louis 64 GP 2-17-19 Solid second-pair defenseman who can move puck well but has had injury problems
Matt Gilroy Ottawa 67 GP 3-17-20 2009 Hobey Baker winner has nice offensive skills but has yet to turn them into a regular berth on an NHL blue line
Jaroslav Spacek Carolina 46 GP 5-10-15 Big blueliner still possess a big shot, and is reliable defensively - plus-64 last seven seasons
Pavel Kubina Philadelphia 69 GP 3-12-15 Not the offensive force he was when he was younger, but still has size and a big shot
Michal Rozsival Phoenix 54 GP 1-12-13 Hampered by injuries last two seasons and no longer a big offensive force, but solid in his own zone
Scott Hannan Calgary 78 GP 2-10-12 Never a big offensive force, but OK in own zone and can still play 20 minutes a night
Steve Eminger N.Y. Rangers 42 GP 2-3-5 2002 first-rounder was effective third-pair defender before injuries hit
Kurtis Foster Minnesota 51 GP 4-10-14 Big shot but has never matched offensive numbers he put up with Tampa Bay in '09-10
Milan Jurcina N.Y. Islanders 65 GP 3-8-11 Big guy with a big shot but coming off career-worst minus-34 season with Isles
Dan Ellis Anaheim 1-5-0, 2.72 GAA Veteran backup lost much of last season due to injury
Alex Auld Ottawa 2-4-2, 3.35 GAA Well-traveled backup looking for a ninth NHL home
Ty Conklin Detroit 5-6-1, 3.28 GAA 36-year-old lost his backup job in Detroit last season and figures to have trouble finding a new team
Dwayne Roloson Tampa Bay 13-16-3, 3.66 GAA Coming off worst season of career and has to show he has something left in the tank at age 42
Brent Johnson Pittsburgh 6-7-2, 3.11 GAA 35-year-old backup is coming off injury and might have to scramble in tight market

Author: John Kreiser | Columnist

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