With Zach Parise and Ryan Suter shocking the world and signing together with the Minnesota Wild, the rest of the NHL is forced to look at what remains of the free-agent pool.
The market has thinned quite a bit, but stars like Alexander Semin, Shane Doan and Teemu Selanne could be the kind of addition to a contending team that puts them over the edge.
No matter who has already signed, all of the following players are the best of what’s left and will be great in 2013.
The Washington Capitals have likely given up hope that they will be able to re-sign the inconsistent Alexander Semin to a reasonable deal, but there are plenty of clubs that feel there is potential for success.
While 54 points in each of the last two seasons is not the kind of production a team wants to pay a top salary for, his offensive skill is so great that a potential return to form is a chance some teams are willing to take.
One of the teams that missed out on Parise, Jagr and the rest will be forced to pay more than they’d like for a sniper that hasn’t exactly been lights out. Those teams will hope for the Semin that scored 80 points and not the player we saw the last two seasons.
The talent may have thinned out, but whatever team lands veteran winger Shane Doan will be getting more than just the best two-way player of this free-agent class, they will be getting the best leader.
After spending the majority of his career in Phoenix, Doan has proved year after year that he has the mental fortitude to lead a team and keep everyone motivated no matter how bad things get.
With teams like New Jersey and Nashville now looking for more help than they needed when free agency started, expect many teams that need a spark offensively, defensively or in the locker room to kick Doan’s tires.
Despite the fact that the sniper just turned 42 years old, Teemu Selanne can still go with the best of them and would be a great addition to a team that needs depth on the wing.
While Anaheim will remain the most likely destination for the free agent, don’t count out an Eastern Conference team like the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost veteran winger Jaromir Jagr to Dallas.
Selanne played in all 82 games last season and contributed 66 points. That’s not bad for 25 years old, let alone 42; expect at least one more season from the veteran star.
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