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Big names still to be had on Day 2 of free agency

Jul 6, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Yesterday was a monster day for signings as free agency kicked off. As you’ll see in our free agent tracker, there were a lot of players finding new addresses to play next season.

Not everyone is off the board yet and there are quite a few big names still left to be had. Who might we see go this weekend? Soak it in.

The best value and talent might be found amongst the forwards with these five standing out:

Mikhail Grabovski
Derek Roy
Jaromir Jagr
Damien Brunner
Teemu Selanne

You’d have to think for Selanne it’s Anaheim or retirement, but hey, Daniel Alfredsson showed you can do whatever you want and probably get a lot of grief for it.

If you’re itching for a defenseman or goalie, things get a bit riskier there.

Amongst the blue liners, there’s Marek Zidlicky, Douglas Murray, Ryan Whitney, Joe Corvo, Wade Redden, and Ian White. Each player has a role they fill, but you’re not changing the outlook of your team with them.

The same could be said of the goalies left to pick from: Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Jose Theodore, and Johan Hedberg are still out there.

If a solid backup is what you need, Hedberg or Theodore is your man. If you want to shake up the ranks, however, Bryz and Thomas are as good as it gets.

  1. blackheart78 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The word “good” should not be used in any form when it involves Bryz. I would rather have John Claude Van Damme’s character in Sudden Death play goal for my team than Bryz.

  2. philly4lyfe - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    isn’t vanek a free agent too?

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      You would’ve heard about him if he was. He might get traded this summer though.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM will answer all your questions

      • dolphincult - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        blowlfow always needs to tag on to comments, cant find anything intelligent to comment on his own, nothing new here. move on.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Great chirp, there’s nothing more amusing than a creative re-imagination of a username, especially when it contains spelling errors.

        I leave plenty of critical posts that you should have written this on. This post however, wasn’t critical at all. Just spreading the word of the good work by the people at capgeek.

      • malcolmsbeard - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        But the point is still valid. You blow. Hard.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      The fans in Minnesota hope that Vanek will be traded to the Wild or sign next year when he is a UFA He might as well play for the Wild as he lives in Minnesota in the off season
      but now he is playing for the Swiss league./
      He should be reunited with Pomanville, thats what we all are waiting for ….

  3. bruceleroy1 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Philly4lyfe, vanek has 1 year left on his contract. Him and miller are expected to be traded at some point.

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