2011 NHL Free Agency: 7 Best Players Still Available and Who They'd Help

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2011 NHL Free Agency: 7 Best Players Still Available and Who They'd Help
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Brad Richards is a Ranger.  James Wisniewski is a Blue Jacket.  Christian Ehrhoff is a Sabre.  Tomas Vokoun is a Capital.

As the list goes on, one may get the impression that all of the top players have already been snapped up since free agency struck nearly a week ago.  And that impression would be the correct one.

The game breakers are gone.  Which shouldn't be surprising, since this particular class of free agents was thin on those dynamic types of players.  But that doesn't mean there isn't some help to be had from some of the players who are still waiting for offers, or weighing their options.

Depth at forward and defense goes a long way toward winning a Stanley Cup, and while this handful of players may not be a huge help to a rebuilding team, they still can fill particular roles for teams looking for just one or two more bodies to round out their squads.

With that in mind, here are the five best players still available via free agency and where they could be of use.  This list doesn't take into consideration the throng of big name RFAs such as Steven Stamkos.

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