Free Agency Dregs
With NHL training camps about a month away the free agent list has been rather picked clean. There are very few viable options remaining to be signed, but there are some familiar names that can bring some quality depth and veteran leadership to a lot of teams. Even if these players remain unsigned come your fantasy draft it may be worth while risking a late round pick , otherwise you will have to bid on their services as a free agent or waiver wire pick up.
The top ten forwards still remaining are:
1. Shane Doan - Really the last high impact player available and about to resign in Phoenix
2. Petr Sykora - played all 82 games scoring 44 points, a viable option.
3. Daymond Langkow - Still able to play a second line role and provide 30 points.
4. Jason Arnott - Still has a bomb of a shot that may see him play point on power play
5. Kristian Huselius - a combined 41 games played in last two season and 33 years old.
6. Tomas Holmstrom - Not likely to return to Wings, would he consider another team?
7. Dominic Moore - Journeyman center has more playoff value, still 25 points last year.
8. Eric Fehr - Has the ability to have a breakout, but just can't stay healthy. A wild card.
9. Brian Rolston - 24 points last year, if the price is right. $5 million last year was too high.
10. Mile Knuble - Production dropped from 40 points to 18 points and he turns 40.
Outside the top ten, Brendan Morrison, Radek Dvorak, Marco Sturm, Mathieu Darche, John Madden, and Byron Bitz
The top ten defensemen still remaining are:
1. Carlo Colaiacovo - Best case scenario is he signs, and is healthy enough for 65 games
2. Cam Barker - All offense and terrible defense, but it's fantasy hockey so who cares!
3. Kurtis Foster - Like barker, a former 40 point guy, just needs the right situation again.
4. Matt Gilroy - 3 teams in his 3 seasons, has offense and skating but lousy on defense.
5. Jaroslav Spacek - Played 105 games last two years due to injury, but 15 pts last season
6. Michal Rozsival - Vet Czech has healthy two way game. Not a PP player anymore.
7. Pavel Kubina - See Rozsival.
8. Brett Clark - Lacks any physical game, but blocks shots and provides puck moving ability
9. Chris Campoli - Career year was his rookie season, consistency and injury issues here.
10. Scott Hannan - Only 33 and very durable player reliable for 10-20 points.
Outside the top ten, Colin White, Sean O'Donnell.
There are less than ten goalies worthy of mention but Ty Conklin, Brent Johnson, and Dan Ellis top the list. There was rumor that Dominik Hasek wanted to return to the NHL, but it looks like the NHL did not want him anymore as he was not offered a contract. At 42 years old after a poor season it appears that Dwayne Roloson's career is also over.
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