How would one classify this year's free-agent pool? It's not fire; it's not ice. More, as Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls might have said, like lukewarm water. More "meh" than "wow."
Some names that might have made it more of the latter than the former—say, Ryan Callahan or Marian Gaborik—re-upped with their teams in the final days before Tuesday's start to the open auction. As this piece went to cyber-press, other players were still battling the temptation of going to market or settling back with their own clubs. Paul Stastny of the Avalanche and Jarome Iginla of the Bruins come to mind.
Others, though, are testing the market no matter what. They include Thomas Vanek, Matt Niskanen, Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Ales Hemsky, Jussi Jokinen and several others. We'll attempt to successfully prognosticate where the biggest names will go.
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