An updated list of available unrestricted free agents, plus the latest on the Avalanche, Penguins and Hurricanes.
CAPGEEK.COM: A listing of available unrestricted free agents. Most notable include Martin Brodeur, Mike Ribeiro, Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, Steve Ott, Michael Del Zotto and Dustin Penner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of the notable names still available are well past their prime. Ribeiro still has decent skill but was bought out by the Arizona Coyotes due to “behavioral issues”. Del Zotto is only 24 but washed out last season with the Rangers and Predators. Over at Bleacher Report I have a recent list of notable free agents still available at each position, plus my take on potential destinations for the most notable still available.
DENVER POST: Terry Frei reports the Colorado Avalanche’s de facto management of Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will never again repeat what they went through with former Avs forward Paul Stastny. In other words, they won’t retain a pending UFA star in hopes of re-signing him beyond the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: More succinctly, buy in or you’re gone.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins, under new GM Jim Rutherford, inked all their UFA signings to short-term deals. Rutherford’s not adverse to long-term contracts, as he’s currently hoping to re-up Brandon Sutter to an extensions carrying him past his UFA eligibility next summer.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. believes his team is a very good one, but are they a playoff contender?