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Here are five UFAs that could be of interest

Jan 14, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

Jason Arnott

The pickings are pretty slim, but hey, if Jim Vandermeer can get a contract, then why shouldn’t these five unrestricted free agents?

Jason Arnott (C)

The 38-year-old is coming off a decent season with the Blues in which he scored 17 times and added 17 assists. Not surprisingly, a number of teams have been kicking the tires; however, there will be concerns about his ability to keep up and, also, to stay healthy. (Salary in 2011-12: $2.5 million)

Chris Campoli (D)

One of the NHLPA’s most outspoken members during the lockout, Campoli is hoping his commitment to the cause won’t cost him a job. Slowed by a leg injury last season, the 28-year-old appeared in just 43 games for Montreal, averaging 17:12 of ice time per game. Given the market for depth defensemen, Campoli should find a home somewhere. (Salary in 2011-12: $1.75 million)

Brett Clark (D)

Another potential depth d-man. Clark, 36, played all 82 games for the Lightning in 2011-12. His minus-26 rating was the fifth worst in the league, and that won’t look great on his résumé. But as always with plus-minus, it may not tell the whole story if he was playing tough minutes. (Salary in 2011-12: $1.3 million)

Daymond Langkow (C)

Just as depth on the back end is important, so is depth down the middle. Langkow, 36, appeared in all 16 playoff games for Phoenix last season, scoring once and adding six assists while playing 15:25 per game. He probably won’t score 77 points again like he did with Calgary in 2006-07, but if he wants a job, he should be able to find one. We hear the Coyotes are looking for a center. (Salary in 2011-12: $4.5 million)

Petr Sykora (RW)

Despite scoring 21 times last season in New Jersey, Sykora doesn’t fit in the Devils’ plans, according to GM Lou Lamoriello. The 36-year-old slowed down in the playoffs with just two goals in 18 games. (Salary in 2011-12: $650,000)

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    It’s really surprising to me that Sykora can’t find a job. There are plenty of teams that need scoring depth and he could be a solid 3rd-line winger. Phoenix is always looking for cheap options that provide value. Minnesota had trouble getting the puck in the net last season, and Parise won’t solve all those problems. And with NJ losing Parise you’d think they wouldn’t mind having Sykora back. I mean 21 goals for $650K is an unbelievable bargain. I used to hate playing against this guy, granted he’s slowed down, but he could help someone.

  2. bloominoctober - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I’m not sure what Lou’s thinking not bringing Sykora back this season. In addition to his 21 goals, he also added 23 assists last season. With Parise gone, having a veteran who can produce on the line is invaluable (especially for a measly $650K). And with Henrique out until some time in February, NJD could use the depth.

    • withseidelinn - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I feel like the Devils are gonna take a big plunge this year. No Parise, Brodeur is getting very old, potentially no Sykora, and Kovalchuk came back healf heartedly from the KHL. The team kind of lost it’s identity and direction when Parise bolted. Hopefully Zajac can step up for them, but they need a legit leader like Salvador to take the reins.

  3. elemeno89 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    buffalo really dropped the ball by signing hecht instead of arnott. arnott is a better leader, scorer, and has way more experience than hecht can provide.

    ive always beena fan of his, and any team will be lucky to have him on their roster. all around class.

  4. chuchie414 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I agree that Sykora should be resigned bf the devils. Also Arnott would be a great vet for the youngsters in Edmonton to learn from IMO.

  5. martysbetter - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Sykora’s stats are a little misleading – while he was very productive for the Devils last season, he’s lost more than a step and you really cannot bank on him putting up 21 goals again this year.

    I’m on board with Lou, the Devils need to figure out what they have in guys like Tedenby, Butler, Pesonen etc. – they need to find out if these guys are long-term solutions at forward, especially with the amount of salary space they’ll have this coming offseason.

    That being said I’m sure someone will take a shot on him.

  6. timmmah10 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Chuchie – I agree/disagree – Arnott to a young team like Edmonton or Winnipeg might make sense, but they need the ice time for the youngsters also. I’m thinking more along to lines of a team like FLA or C-Bus that needs a leader, TB for the grit, and or maybe Nashville, seems to fit their MO.

    In any event, I can see Sykora, Arnott, and Campoli all being quick pick ups to help injuries.

  7. desertfan - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Natural for Nucks!!!

  8. comeonnowguys - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Would love to see Arnott with an indian head on his sweater centering the second line.

  9. Exiled1 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I was thinking the exact same thing.

  10. bethgoesglobal - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Guys like Arnott, Sykora, Knuble (not mentioned) and others are valuable, seasoned vets that would earn their pay just by being in the locker room.
    I agree with some of you that they could play big roles in some of those younger teams like Edmonton, Winnipeg, and (I would add) Colorado.
    I hope those three get signed; don’t think they’re done quite yet.

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