NHL Free Agency Rumors: Latest News on the Best Remaining Forwards

Matt BoczarContributor IIIJuly 11, 2012

NHL Free Agency Rumors: Latest News on the Best Remaining Forwards

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    The NHL free-agent market lost its best available forward when Zach Parise signed a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.

    However, the interest in free-agent forwards did not end with his signing.

    Less than two weeks into free agency, a number of forwards remain on the market, including multiple 20-goal scorers.

    Teams in need of improvement at the position may have missed out on signing the big-name free agent, but there are still plenty of fish in the pond.

    Here is the latest news on some of the best remaining free-agent forwards.

Alexander Semin

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    Arguably the best free-agent forward after Parise, Semin remains on the market after scoring 21 goals and racking up 33 assists for the Washington Capitals last season. Although last season saw him score his fewest amount of goals since his first season in the league, it was also the second time in his career that he’s played in 77 games.

    However, could Semin be leaving the NHL next season?

    An article by NHL Blogger Brian Stubits on CBSSports.com discusses a tweet from Slava Malamud that says CKSA Moscow of the KHL has offered Semin a three-year, $30 million deal.

    According to Stubits, since Semin hasn’t agreed to the offer, it shows that he may want to remain in the NHL next season. Semin made $6.7 million last season and will likely receive less annually in his next deal, if it’s with an NHL team.

    Stubits also mentions the Detroit Red Wings’ interest in the 28-year-old left winger.

Shane Doan

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    Doan is 35 years old and coming off his 16th season in the NHL, all of which have taken place with the Phoenix Coyotes.

    However, according to Colin Becht of CSNBayArea.com, Doan is interested in five different teams and 11 teams have called about the free agent.

    According to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, however, the San Jose Sharks and Doan have an interest in each other. But does that make them the favorite for landing him?

    Going back to Becht’s article, the Sharks are joined by the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings in receiving interest from Doan.

    Doan has scored 318 career goals and has racked up over 450 assists. And despite playing in nearly 1,200 games, the interest in signing him is still seemingly very high.

Daniel Winnik

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    The 27-year-old left winger is coming off a season in which his number of goals scored declined from the previous year, and his assist total remained the same.

    Winnik managed just three goals in 21 games for the San Jose Sharks. In addition to his five goals while with the Colorado Avalanche, Winnik finished with eight goals to go with 15 total assists on the season.

    In 80 games with the Avalanche the year before, Winnik managed 11 goals and 15 assists.

    However, despite the decrease, Will DePaoli, Founder of InsidePittsburghSports.com, reported on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Penguins inquired about Winnik earlier in free agency.

    Although Winnik still remains on the market, the Penguins could be a team looking to add a forward through free agency.

Mike Knuble

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    If reunions are more your style, the Philadelphia Flyers may have interest in creating one by signing Knuble.

    According to Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi on Twitter, the team may have interest in bringing back the right winger who previously spent four seasons with the team.

    Knuble’s value will take a hit this offseason after the recently-turned 40-year-old scored just six goals last season. However, after going nearly a decade without having a season of less than 20 goals, Knuble could still attract a team in need of a veteran forward.

    With over 250 career goals and assists in over 1,000 career games, Knuble could fill a team’s void of a veteran presence.

Teemu Selanne

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    Selanne has played just shy of 20 years in the NHL and has spent a majority of those years in an Anaheim Ducks jersey.

    And a recent article by Eric Stephen on ocregister.com contains a quote from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who is hoping that Selanne will be back again next season.

    “Indications are that I think he wants to come back, although I’m not 100 percent sure...I’m still counting on him to hopefully be back.”

    The recently-turned 42-year-old scored 26 goals last season, his fourth consecutive season with at least 20 goals. Selanne has now scored at least 20 goals in nine of the past 11 seasons. 

    He also had at least 40 assists for the second consecutive season.