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UFA Day 2: Who’s left?

Jul 2, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT

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The first day of the free agent frenzy certainly lived up to its name.

Even though the 2014 market was relatively thin, teams still handed nearly half a billion dollars to unrestricted free agents, based on Cap Geek’s estimate. The vast majority of the top talent available got scooped up in the process, but as we enter Day 2 of the open market, there are still some noteworthy players available.

Some of the biggest prizes left include:

Radim Vrbata — He scored 20 goals and 51 points in 80 games with the Coyotes. Arizona still wants him back, per Fox Sports’ Craig Morgan, but he’s got plenty of other options. He’s one of the few legitimate top-six forwards left on the market. (UFA of the Day Page)

Mikhail Grabovski — Grabovski got off to a great start with the Capitals in 2013-14, but he went cold and dealt with an ankle problem over the second half of the campaign. When the dust settled, Grabovski had 35 points in 58 games, which isn’t comeback numbers he was likely hoping for after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought him out in the summer of 2013. Still, those looking for a second-line center are running out of options. (UFA of the Day Page)

Martin Brodeur — Brodeur wants to extend his Hall of Fame career and there does seem to be a market for him. However, it’s primarily as a mentor and backup goaltender. His days of dominating the league are behind him, but he would make for an interesting addition to any team.

Daniel Alfredsson — He’s in the twilight of his career, but the former Ottawa Senators captain can still provide any team he joins with veteran leadership and secondary scoring. Is he willing to sign with any team other than Detroit though?

Mike Ribeiro — He signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes, but they bought it out after just one season over behavioral issues. It wasn’t that long ago that Ribeiro was a solid top-line center and those aren’t exactly easy to come by (unless you’re Stars GM Jim Nill). With that in mind, he’s an interesting diamond in the rough option.

David Legwand — Although his brief tenure with the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t great, he’s still a solid center and has recorded over 50 points in each of his last two 82-game campaigns. The New York Islanders appear to be in the running for him, according to WFAN’s Daniel Friedman. (UFA of the Day Page)

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I think you’re better off brining up a rookie prospect (pay less) and keep him on third / fourth line than signing most of these guys.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    I dont see players like Bryz or Grabovski getting any deals and going to KHL. Brodeur might be back in NJ to back up. Alfie is alwasy welcome back in Detroit but I could see him joining another team to chace the cup at a reduced $. Ribeiro, Legwand and Vrbata will get a low $ deal for sure and are going to be worth it.

    If Engelland can get almost 9mil for 3 yrs I dont see why any of these guys wouldnt be signed.. crazy

    • brymck1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      no way brodeur is back in nj as a backup…devils signed clemmmensen yesterday to compete with kinkaid, their AHL goalie, for backup…cap space and ego space is not there for marty this year, focus is on cory going forward. if marty doesn’t get what he wants, he’ll retire, which may be for the best.

  3. rsl22 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    If any of the above centers was willing to take a Brad Richards deal and sign with the Caps for a year, they could actually be a contender in the East.

    • blynasty - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      I would love to be in room with a GM insisting his team is a “contender” after missing the playoffs last year. Get real.

      • rsl22 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        They missed the playoffs by about a game after 7 straight years in the playoffs. They had troubles on defense and a terrible coach, so they added two of the better FA defenders and a veteran coach. As I said, if they add a 2C, I don’t see why they couldn’t contend in a weak East conference.

    • dirt2013 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Years in a row in the playoffs means nothing since the SE division is no more.They have to compete against real teams now.

  4. greej1938l - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Uhhhh HEATER!?

    • JB (the original) - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Note it’s “biggest prizes”, not “biggest pieces”. You might as well put a cigar store indian out there on a rope and just tug it back and forth between the blue lines if you’re thinking of signing Heatley

      • wutangwild - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        LOL now that’s what I call imagery

  5. djshnooks - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Buffalo is in on David Legwand.

    It was reported yesterday by tsn sources.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Maybe Real Madrid or another European soccer team would take a chance on Ribeiro and his behavioral issues. This guy doesn’t belong in the NHL….

    • trbowman - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      I briefly suffered through some WC soccer yesterday. God that sport is filled with pussays.

      *Gets breathed on*

      *Drops to the field and writhes in agony*

      Also during the US/Blegium game, which I suffered through, there was an American player who got his leg grazed and they brought out a stretcher. He at least was man enough to scoff at it, finally. It was a sad display.

      Soccer is lame, world cup or not.

    • trbowman - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Ship off Alex Burrows too.

      Guy likes to dive and bite people. He’ll fit right in soccer!

    • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      He looks like he needs the “Clap On” there

    • 7mantel - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      This was an on ice diving lesson for Subban !

      • imleftcoast - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Subban single handedly beat the Bruins. You sore loser.

      • 7mantel - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Not a Bruins fan ,just calling it as i see it so don’t get your panties ruffled !

      • imleftcoast - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Go grab-ass Claude Giroux

      • 7mantel - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        try again ,not a flyer fan A-HOLE

  7. trbowman - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Ottawa should just beg Alfredsson to come back for one more year. Overpay if they have to.

    Oh wait, he wants to win a cup….so scratch that idea.

    Still, Detroit is just a fringe playoff team. I’d be looking for greener pastures than that.

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Alfie and his family are staying in Detroit this year, whether he plays or not. So most likely Detroit is the only team.

      • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Alfie is not going back to Ottawa… I think DET should resign him. He played pretty well there…. Legwand was garbage for them

  8. umpis - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Is anyone in the market for Dustin Penner? Or is he just the ugly stepchild that gets left out in the cold?

  9. pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    All of these players should be signed except for Rebiero and Legwand. They are garbage now a days. There are a bunch that you guys missed though i am sure. I know Steve Downie has yet to re-sign with philly

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Legwand was the highest scoring player for the Preds.. he didnt do much for the wings but put up good numbers in Smashville

  10. chitown26 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    The Arizona Coyotes?

  11. bullwinkle88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    What about Steve Ott? I’m still hoping the Sabres pick him up.

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