The National Hockey League has seen a pretty entertaining time when it comes to the Free Agency Period. Now, we have numerous players remaining, who have yet to sign with a team. While the NHL season does not get going until September, many players want to settle into their new city and team early. You could put a nice team together of available free agents as we move along in the month of July. Here are some notable players that have yet to sign with a team:
Rick Nash finished last season with the Boston Bruins, but many know him for his team with the New York Rangers. The 34 year old would like to stay out on the East Coast. Nash scored 21 goals and dished out 13 assists a season ago. As the end of his career arrives, he is still able to provide some scoring for a team that needs veteran leadership.
The 30-year-old has been rumored to be looking at St. Louis as his next destination. He has yet to sign, and it appears heading back to the Devils is out of the question. Maroon is recovering from hernia/back surgery, but he should be good to go. The power play specialist would be a huge help in the Top six group for nearly any team. Last year, Maroon scored 17 goals and dished out 26 assists.
The 34-year-old is the best available goaltender on the market. The former Dallas Stars backstop recorded 32 games a season ago, and allowed 2.56 goals against average. He finished up a 5 year, $29M contract with the Stars. While he will not get that amount again, he will be able to provide some veteran leadership at a key position for the next team.
The 33 year old center that finished last season as a member of the Colombus Blue Jackets is available. He is from Elk Point in Alberta, so a trip to a Canadian team would not be a surprise. The 5’10, 195 center seemingly wore out his welcome at the end of his time in Colombus, but still has some left in his tank for a new team.
That’s a solid list. It will be interesting to see which teams sign the dotted line with these players, and wrap up their free agent season.
Toronto, of course, was the high priced winner in free agency, inking 27 year old John Tavares for $77M. After that – Washington made sure they kept their prize defenseman, Calgary was able to steal James Neal away from Vegas, but the Golden Knights then returned the favor and grabbed Paul Statsny. St. Louis felt like they got better with the signing of David Perron, and of course the trade for Ryan O’Reilly, along with inking Tyler Bozak. Veteran Joe Thornton remains in San Jose and Mike Green will be with Detroit for 2 more seasons. There is plenty more to come before the teams start taking the ice for training camp of the National Hockey League in September