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1. Mike Ribeiro, Washington
Ribeiro, 33, enjoyed a reputation-building year with the Capitals, scoring 13 goals and 49 points. He is a highly skilled player who can make scintillating passes and score in clutch situations. However, he can be a selfish player who is more interested in stats than winning
2. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay
Per Arpon Basu of NHL.com, Lecavalier was bought out by the Lightning last week and gets to go through the free-agency process. He scored 10-22-32 last year and is also a defensively responsible player who can become a difference-maker for a contender, as he is respected for his effort.
3. Valtteri Filppula, Detroit
Filppula is a solid three-zone player who is probably more effective in the defensive end and in the faceoff circle than he is as an offensive player. He scored 17 points last season.
4. Derek Roy, Vancouver
When you look at Roy's skating and playmaking ability, it's hard to find flaws with his game. However, he tends to stay on the outside and is not looking to go to the dirty areas. The Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars already know this, and the Canucks found this out in the final games of the regular season and during their brief four-game run in the playoffs.
5. Stephen Weiss, Florida
A healthy Weiss could make an average team good and a good team much better. He has struggled with injuries, though, and he played just 17 games in 2013.
6. Patrik Elias, New Jersey
Elias has been a dependable player for the Devils for 17 years. He scored 36 points in 2013 and has something left in the tank, but the end is clearly in sight. He could be a role player for a contender at this point in his career.
7. Tyler Bozak, Toronto
Bozak is a very dangerous player for any general manager to count on at this point. He has never scored more than 18 goals in a season, but he has excellent speed and can get open and make a few big plays. He lacks consistency and finish.
8. Danny Briere, Philadelphia
There has been a noticeable drop-off in Briere's game since the end of the 2010-11 season when he scored 34 goals. He's on the downside of his career, but a bounce-back season is not out of the question.
9. Nik Antropov, Winnipeg
If you want a player who looks like he should be an NHL force, but isn't, Antropov is your man. He has size, skating ability and skills with the puck, but he is more interested in protecting himself and his paycheck than playing hard.
10. Saku Koivu, Anaheim
The 38-year-old might just have two seasons left in the tank. He is smart, he hustles and while he has lost a step, he can play a key role as a third- or fourth-line center.