National Hockey League free agents are a lot like summer blockbusters. By the time August hits, there’s not a lot of quality left.
Sure, every once in a while you’re hit with a Dark Knight Rises, but by and large, you’ll be lucky to get an Expendables sequel—a B movie if there ever was one, dressed up with past-their-prime stars and a lot of ass-kicking.
Fittingly, one general common thread tying the remaining NHL free agents together is the veteran leadership each can bring, albeit in a limited capacity.
Think Sylvester Stallone. Alone at his age, he or any one of his cast mates should have trouble putting on their pants. Together, though, not only can they lend each other a helping if not totally inappropriate hand, but also in the end come up with a presumably decent film. Admittedly one rife with violence, but, if that doesn’t spell hockey, I don’t know what does.
Here are the 13 best forwards still available and where they’ll sign.