NHL Free Agency: 20 Best Free Agents Still on the Market

Jacob BetznerCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

NHL Free Agency: 20 Best Free Agents Still on the Market

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    Let's face it.  The excitement of NHL Free Agency 2012 is, for all intents and purposes, over.  Save for the final destination of Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

    The remaining players have the ability to fill out a roster and provide some depth and experience to teams who are willing to shell out a few million or take a risk on an unproven or struggling skater.

    Many of the remaining free agents have a history of injuries, subtracting from their value, but if healthy can still provide a little offense or eat up minutes.

Shane Doan

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    The biggest name left on the market, Shane Doan, will bring grit, scoring ability, experience and leadership to any NHL team if he chooses not to remain with Phoenix.

    The 35-year-old pushed back at least two previous deadlines to sign a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes or another team, but with August nearing, he wants to make a decision soon.

Jason Arnott

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    Jason Arnott managed 17 goals and 34 points for the surprising St. Louis Blues last season.

    At 37, the big center hopes to play a few more seasons at the NHL level, making up for dwindling points totals with a plethora of experience and leadership ability.

Carlo Colaiacovo

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    Carlo Colaiacovo played in 64 regular season games for the St. Louis Blues last season, scoring twice and finishing with 19 points.

    The former first rounder still possesses the ability to play in an NHL rotation if fully recovered from last season's injuries.

Petr Sykora

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    Petr Sykora failed to earn an NHL contract after a 14-game 2009-2010 season with Minnesota.

    The 35-year-old put up 44 points and scored 21 goals with New Jersey last season after stops in the Czech Republic and Belarus, showing he can still play at the NHL level.

Daymond Langkow

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    Daymond Langkow managed 30 points with Phoenix this season after a shortened 2010-2011 season in Calgary.

    A thirty goal-scorer only four seasons ago, Langkow still fits as a third- or fourth-line center on several NHL teams.

Kristian Huselius

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    The oft-injured winger played in only two games last season with Columbus and 39 games the season before.

    If he stays healthy, he can fit on a third line (possibly second) with many NHL teams.

Mike Knuble

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    The experienced, gritty center failed to score over 20 goals for the first time in a decade after scoring only six last season.

    With his best NHL days in the past, Mike Knuble hopes to rebound and end on a high note.

Tomas Holmstrom

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    Tomas Holmstrom hopes to end his career in Detroit, but ideally only after one more season.

    The 39-year-old managed 11 goals and 24 points last season, his 15th in the Motor City.

Michal Rozsival

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    After receiving an average of $6 million over the past four seasons, Michal Rozsival hopes any team offers him an NHL deal for the upcoming year.

    Rozsival has finished with a negative plus/minus rating only once over the last eight seasons.

Pavel Kubina

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    Injuries limited Pavel Kubina to only 17 scoreless games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

    The 35-year-old needs only 30 more games in the NHL to reach 1,000 in his career.  He hopes to prove he has enough left in the tank to play a few more NHL seasons.

Andrew Brunette

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    Andrew Brunette managed 27 points with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

    The 38-year-old hopes to win his first Stanley Cup after 1,110 NHL games and six different NHL teams.

Matt Gilroy

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    Former Boston University standout Matt Gilroy played in only 14 games with the Ottawa Senators last year, scoring once and adding two helpers.

    The 27-year-old hopes to establish himself on an NHL blue line after failing to live up to expectations season after season.

Jaroslav Spacek

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    Jaroslav Spacek managed 12 points in only 34 games with the lowly Carolina Hurricanes last season.

    At 38 he hopes to play another season in the NHL instead of heading across the pond.

Steve Eminger

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    He had high expectations coming out of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, but a slew of injuries prevented Steve Eminger from living up to expectations. 

    He finished with 23 points in his best season (in 50 games) but played in only 42 games with the New York Rangers last season.

Jochen Hecht

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    Never known for his physical prowess, Jochen Hecht played only 22 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.

    Europe probably remains an option for the German forward if no NHL teams sends an offer his way.

    Another facet of Hecht's game holding him back is the fact that he wears T-Blade skates.

Kurtis Foster

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    Kurtis Foster provides depth to a roster with the ability to play at the NHL level for stints.

    He managed 12 points in 28 games with the New Jersey Devils two seasons ago, but went scoreless in 14 games with Minnesota last season.

Milan Jurcina

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    Milan Jurcina finished with an abysmal minus-34 rating last season with the New York Islanders.

    At 29, he needs to work on his defensive game to remain in the NHL.

Ty Conklin

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    A career backup, Ty Conklin failed to post a save percentage above .900 in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and watched his goals-against average balloon to just under 3.30.

    At 36, Conklin's options remain limited.

Jason Blake

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    Jason Blake scored seven times in 45 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.

    The undrafted center brings valuable experience to any NHL club and hopes to lift Lord Stanley for the first time in his 14-year career.

Brent Johnson

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    Brent Johnson suffered a few injuries last season, leading to poor numbers.

    He failed to post a save percentage above .900 for only the second time in his career.

    If healthy, he remains a capable backup in the right situation.