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Here are five unrestricted free agents that still haven’t signed

Jul 8, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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NHL news has come to a bit of a crawl after a crazy Friday and a somewhat busy weekend of free-agent signings.

As longtime agent JP Barry put it, “There is always a frenzy of moves, then a pause to reassess, and then a second wave.”

So…who could be part of that second wave?

Jaromir Jagr: At last glance, the 41-year-old reportedly had three teams interested in his services, including possibly Montreal. Jagr had a frustrating playoffs offensively, with no goals in 22 games for the Bruins. But some of that was bad luck, and he did have 10 assists. One big question general managers need to ask is, how will Jagr hold up to a regular 82-game schedule as opposed to one that’s cut almost in half by a lockout? He’ll be 42 by next year’s playoffs.

Mikhail Grabovski: Was bought out of his contract in Toronto, where he didn’t seem to enjoy Randy Carlyle’s coaching style anyway. But before Carlyle, when Grabovski was used in a more offensive role, he scored 29 goals and 23 goals in 2010-11 and 2011-12, respectively. We already mentioned the 29-year-old center as a potential match with the Washington Capitals.

Mason Raymond: The Calgary Flames were apparently kicking the tires on the speedy winger, but it’s not clear if there’s still interest. Raymond fell out of favor in Vancouver after scoring a career-high 25 goals in 2009-10. At 27 years old, he’s still young. In the right system and with the right linemates, he could score 20 again. But with his slight build, he’s never going to dominate the tough parts of the ice.

Damien Brunner: After scoring 12 times in 44 games during the regular season, then adding a team-high five goals in the playoffs, Brunner’s contract demands (reportedly $3 -3.5 million per season for 2-3 years) were seemingly too much for the Red Wings, who, of course, added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss in free agency. Like Raymond, Brunner is only 27. But also like Raymond, he’s not the most physically-imposing forward in the league.

Ron Hainsey: Of all the remaining UFAs, nobody averaged more time on the ice than Hainsey did last year. The 32-year-old defenseman logged 22:52 per game for the Jets. And while he didn’t score a goal, he did have 13 assists. There was reportedly plenty of interest in Hainsey during last week’s interview period, so we can assume he’ll get signed at some point this summer. (Even though he may have rubbed some owners the wrong way during the lockout.)

  1. matt14gg - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I still think there’s a good chance Jagr’s going to Europe. In which case he will be on the Bruins’ speed dial if there’s a need. I think he left on good terms and despite his lack of scoring, he was pretty good until he broke down at the end.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      depends on whether or not anyone is dumb enough to give him 3 million a year or more again. he can get that in russia so it wouldnt surprise me if he was gone from the nhl for good.

    • rje49 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I wasn’t very impressed with Jagr as a Bruin. Seems he just skated slow circles, then was seen carrying the puck up ice… and around behind the net every time, because a d-man was easily glued to him. Still has talent, but is woefully slow for today’s hockey.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Only the highest bidder will win the Jagr Sweepstakes

    • matt14gg - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Absolutely. Only thing “The Jagr” is playing for now is the money. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s why Europe makes the most sense. He is an NHL legend, but in Europe he is a god.

      • x985 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        If Jagr was playing for money, he could have stayed in Russia, where he would had 5 million and paid only 15% income tax. You obviously know nothing.

      • mikebel11 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Apparently some one just starte watching hockey last year. Jagr already went to Europe and came back citing a desire to play in the best league in the world, not money. 3 million dollars a year is a pretty good price for a guy who’s still a second line winger and one of the elite puck handlers in the league.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Oh really it’s not about money you say? Hmm let’s see here 2011: $3 million with the Flyers…after refusing the Pens offer of $2 million if I recall. 2013: $4.5 million with the Stars. From what I see his price tag keeps on rising jackass!

        …Your comment about me just starting to watch hockey is funny. Lets see here I remember watching Jagr playing here in Pittsburgh with players such as Josef Melichar, Jiri Slegr, Stu Barnes, Marty Straka, Patrick Lalime, Robert Lang, Glen Murray. Your comment is pathetic moron.

  3. porkchopexpress1969 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Love Brunner, little ungrateful to the Wings. Seems like Zetterberg busted his butt to get him on the team. Played good in spots. And then askes for a boatloads of money? He is still unproven. Needs to be more consistent. Sucks he won’t be a Wing.

    • timmylaz99 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      While I liked Brunner, it was a smart move by the Wings. Could he be Ville Leino part 2?

    • polegojim - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Exactly… when he still plays inconsistent enough to be a healthy scratch…. I scratch my head at this one.

      We’ve had enough talented… but soft wingers. But you can’t hang with Boston or Chicago with that kind of a line up…. they have speed and strength.

      Wings needed to get stronger.

  4. 2qswing - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I’m not understanding the lack of interest in Vinny Prospal. He played on a one-year, 1 mil contract last year. Yes I know he’s no kid anymore but 12 goals 18 assists on a goal starved team. AND played in all 48 games? Better numbers than many of the guys getting all the mention here. What am I missing?

    • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Might be that he wants a couple of years and that GMs don’t want to do that for a 38-year old. That’d be my guess anyway. Might not want another one-year deal.

  5. x985 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I like how everyone asks how will Jagr hold up during 82-game season, but forget to mention that he played 79 games this season and 22 games post-season, which is probably more than any other NHL player this year.

  6. slysipops - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    the NHL style of hockey is becoming too fast for JAGR even if he was a few years younger. he doesn’t play both ends too well ( too slow to get back to his own end ), and that is the name of the game these days of almost non-check hockey ! will EUROPE be better ? maybe …maybe not, they look a lot speedier there to anymore. sometime the wick gets buried in the candle wax too much causing no more flame.

    • hawkeedawg - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Really, “non-check” hockey. Did you watch the playoffs? JJ couldn’t score BECAUSE of all of the hooking, holding, interference, tripping etc. that went on. He needs to play in a league that the officials DO call these things.

  7. dku5 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I agree with his backchecking problems, but he is still very lethal as a set up man on the power play. He couks still be a 3rd line w/ occasional 2nd line time. Sometimes a big candle also has a fat wick that when ignited may burn a pretty girls eye lol

  8. Habib Marwan - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    lol @ ya’ll thinking he’s just hanging around for the $$… he’s made millions over the years and hardly reminds me of a down and out athlete who’s pizzed it all away on gambling , dope and bimbos

  9. Windmiller4 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Is there any word on Scott Gomez yet? He’s a FA that could be good for a contending/young team

  10. jimw81 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    forgot simon gagne but there is a deal in place with flyers after they move players.

  11. iammrbinky - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    The longer Brunner remains unsigned the more likely he winds up back in Detroit. The market is settling and Damien will realize he has overestimated his value which will open the talks with Detroit.

  12. 2late2matter - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Don’t see Brunner returning to the DRWs, as he would have to compete for a roster spot and the new (talented) players coming in will make the team stronger and longer.

    Not much room for dead wood.

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