The 2013 NHL offseason is in full swing, and with free agency scheduled to open today, the rumors surrounding where stars like Daniel Alfredsson, Nathan Horton and others will land is the talk of the hockey community.
All of the following names will be at the center of the chatter, and NHL fans everywhere can’t wait to see which team is lucky enough to land each of these stars.
Daniel Alfredsson Drawing Interest From Boston Bruins?
Daniel Alfredsson has been a staple of the Ottawa Senators organization since being drafted by the team in the sixth round in 1994, but as an unrestricted free agent, the veteran will likely test the open market.
Alfredsson is already reportedly drawing interest from Stanley Cup contenders, including the Boston Bruins, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Can confirm via a source that Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has already reached out to Daniel Alfredsson's camp today.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 3, 2013
The Bruins are likely going to lose Nathan Horton this offseason, and the franchise has already told veteran Jaromir Jagr that he will not be re-signed, per Mark Divver of the Providence Journal.
That leaves Alfredsson as a serious option.
While there is no doubt that the Senators' legend has lost a step or two over the years, his leadership on and off the ice would help Boston return to the Stanley Cup Promised Land next season.
Columbus Blue Jackets Posturing for Nathan Horton?
Nathan Horton has been expected to test free agency, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, and while the talented forward will get plenty of attention, the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly making a big push for the power forward.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the team has already met with the free agent:
One free agent #CBJ are definitely pursuing is Nathan Horton, formerly of Boston.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 3, 2013
Puck-rakers: Sources tell Dispatch that C/RW Nathan Horton visited #CBJ in Columbus today— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 3, 2013
The Blue Jackets have lacked an elite scorer since the team traded away Jeff Carter and Rick Nash. Horton would need pieces around him to thrive, but the oversized winger will be a physical addition to an offense that needs his spark.
While Columbus would likely overpay for the free agent, it will be worth the price if he brings the same grit and passion he showed in Boston.
Two Teams Pushing Hard for David Clarkson?
While there are a plethora of big names on the market this offseason, one player that isn’t getting the mainstream hype as the rest of the class is impending New Jersey Devils free agent David Clarkson.
According to Doug MacLean, via Josh Rimer (both of Sportsnet), both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are interested in the services of Clarkson:
Clarkson had a stellar statistical campaign during the lockout-shortened regular season—amassing 24 points in 48 games and 15 goals—and scored 30 goals in 80 games during the 2011-12 season.
Signing the former Devil won’t be a cheap venture, but with a offensive knack around the net, there will be at least two teams in a bidding war over the forward.