NHL Free Agents 2013: Best Players Available for Lockout-Shortened Season
With the NHL lockout apparently over and the salary cap set, teams can now return to signing free agents.
Almost all of the top targets have already found new homes, signing new deals during the summer, before the lockout went into effect.
With the new proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the salary cap will be set around $64.3 million (per Yahoo! Sports). That's the same amount as the cap last year.
Owners were pushing for a $60 million cap, but the new cap allows a little more wiggle room for teams to improve as they see fit.
Here are three of the best free agents still available.
Pavel Kubina, D
Kubina spent the 2011-12 NHL season with the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, playing 52 games in Tampa and 17 in Philadelphia.
He isn't the kind of attacking threat anymore that he was in years past, but the 35-year-old Kubina has a lot left in the tank. Kubina can add vital depth for a team that is a little thin when it comes to defense.
Brian Rolston, LW
During the 2011-12 season, Rolston scored only seven goals while adding another 17 assists. His play with the New York Islanders was particularly poor, but it picked up after he moved back to the Boston Bruins, where he had previously spent almost five seasons.
He is an ideal fit for a team that has a short-term hole at the offensive end of the ice.
Kristian Huselius, LW
He ended up playing about half the season.
Then after playing only two games for during the 2011-12 season, Huselius pulled a groin muscle. It was an injury that shouldn't have kept him out very long, but it cost him the rest of the season.
According to the player, he was slow to recover because of the fact the team rushed him back to the ice.
Huselius should be healthy now. If he can get back to his best, a team could be getting a player who could add 15-20 goals and 30-40 assists.
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