NHL Free Agency 2012: Start Date, Latest Rumors and More

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Start Date, Latest Rumors and More
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An exciting summer of player movement will commence July 1 when NHL free agency begins, when teams will compete for the signatures of the best players available on the market.

Even though there is a chance that next season could be affected by a lockout, any possible work stoppage won't affect the start of free agency since the current CBA doesn't expire until September 15.

Let's look at everything you need to know for free agency, including the latest rumors on the best talents available.

When: July 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Top Targets (UFAs)

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Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey Devils

Ryan Suter, D, Nashville Predators

Alexander Semin, RW, Washington Capitals

Ray Whitney, LW, Phoenix Coyotes

Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix Coyotes

Dennis Wideman, D, Washington Capitals

Dustin Penner, LW, Los Angeles Kings

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Latest Rumors

Ryan Suter might be the answer to the Penguins' woes on the blue line since the team is reportedly interested in his negotiating rights, according to Rob Russo of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Veteran forward Jaromir Jagr might not return to the Flyers after an impressive season offensively for Philadelphia. Here's the latest from TSN's Darren Dreger.

Peter Mueller will hit free agency, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, but he will be a risky signing given his injury history.

Defenseman Aaron Rome's tenure with the Vancouver Canucks will likely end, according to Vancouver News 1130.

The Penguins seem to be one of many teams interested in Zach Parise this summer, according to Rob Russo of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Young defenseman Jordan Schultz will be one of the most coveted players when he can be signed as a free agent.

Where will the top free agents play next season? Let your opinion be heard in the comment section below.

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