A list of some notable remaining free agents, including Ron Hainsey’s rumored new asking price, and the reasons why Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons listed several notable free agents still available, including former Leafs Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers and Ryan O’Byrne…Simmons also said he’s heard former Winnipeg Jets blueliner Ron Hainsey could be had for $1 million…One NHL GM claims Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned because he asked for too much money and too much term in the earlier days of free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of those former Leafs were part of their lineup not that long ago. Just goes to show how quickly a player’s stock can decline, especially in a summer when the salary cap has dropped. Some of those players (Kaberle, Sullivan, Connolly) are past their prime…I’ll be surprised if Hainsey remains unsigned by the start of the regular season. He’s an effective, experienced (and now affordable) defenseman who could be a welcome addition for teams in need of experience and leadership on their blueline. Colorado, Edmonton and Carolina could be good fits…We were initially told the reason Grabovski went unsigned throughout July was because he was on honeymoon and still coming to grips with the Leafs buying him out. His agent claimed Grabovski had narrowed his list to three teams and would make a decision in August. Well, we’re now over halfway through August, and there hasn’t been a peep from the Grabovski camp. Certainly lends credence to speculation about his asking price being too high.