NHL Free Agency: 12 Players Who Should Test the Waters in 2013

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NHL Free Agency: 12 Players Who Should Test the Waters in 2013
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Daniel Alfredsson, Jarome Iginla and Alexander Semin are All-Star caliber players who could (and should, for various reasons) test the sometimes-refreshing waters of free agency in 2013.

While these players, and all of the others listed in this article, may have fit into the plans of their respective teams prior to the CBA's pushing the salary cap down, that may not be the case now.

Also factored into the list are personal agendas (winning a cup for veterans, playing time for youngsters, a shot at starting more games for netminders and so on) and the needs of the team they are currently signed with.

For instance, if a team has 14 guys competing for nine blue line spots, maybe that team lets one of these guys walk in free agency.

You may notice a few big names missing from the list, namely Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. They aren't listed because they aren't going anywhere, as much as the other 29 teams in the NHL would love a shot at these guys.

That's another discussion for another time, however. Here are some players I believe should and will give free agency a shot in 2013.

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