NHL: Top 50 Free Agents in 2010

New York Hockey Daily@nyhockeydailyContributor IJune 5, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 22:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center at on April 22, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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To give everyone an idea of who the top free agents available are, I went out and found a good list to share with everyone.

 

This list comes via AOL’s NHL FanHouse

1. Ilya Kovalchuk, F
2. Patrick Marleau, F
3. Anton Volchenkov, D
4. Dan Hamhuis, D
5. Paul Martin, D
6. Tomas Plekanec, F
7. Ray Whitney, F
8. Sergei Gonchar, D
9. Lee Stempniak, F
10. Evgeni Nabokov, G
11. Willie Mitchell, D
12. Alex Frolov, F
13. Matthew Lombardi, F
14. Pavel Kubina, D
15. Saku Koivu, F
16. Zbynek Michalek, D
17. Chris Mason, G
18. Tomas Holmstrom, F(Already resigned with Red Wings)
19. Henrik Tallinder, D
20. Andy Sutton, D
21. Maxim Afinogenov, F
22. Eric Belanger, F
23. Manny Malhotra, F
24. Matt Cullen, F
25. Todd Bertuzzi, F
26. Matt Cooke, F
27. Toni Lydman, D
28. Dennis Seidenberg, D
29. Colby Armstrong, F
30. Derek Morris, D
31. Owen Nolan, F
32. Alexei Ponikarovsky, F
33. Paul Kariya, F
34. Vinny Prospal, F
35. Jose Theodore, G
36. Joe Corvo, F
37. Marty Turco, G
38. Brendan Morrison, F
39. Mike Comrie, F
40. Michael Leighton, G
41. Bill Guerin, F
42. Kim Johnsson, D
43. Brett Clark, D
44. Raffi Torres, F
45. Dan Ellis, G
46. John Madden, F
47. Mark Eaton, D
48. Alex Tanguay, F
49. Dominic Moore, F
50. Scott Nichol, F

 

There really aren’t a lot of top free agents available this off-season.

The list starts off with a bang at no. one, but drops off quickly after that before it falls off a cliff.

I think some of the top defensemen are of better quality than the forwards, but the Rangers don’t look like they are in the market for a top defenseman unless they are truly planning on doing something with Wade Redden or Michal Rozsival .

Vinny Prospal makes this list at no. 34 and a couple of former Rangers, Manny Malhotra, Matt Cullen, Derek Morris, Kim Johnsson, and Dominic Moore, also made the list. Except for Prospal, I don’t see the Rangers interested in any of those players however.

There are a few names on this list that interest me, but it really depends on how coach John Tortorella plans to use them before I would advocate the Rangers signing.

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