NHL Free Agency: 3 Solid Pickups Still Available

Joe Fitzhenry@@joefitz1014Correspondent IIJuly 19, 2012

NHL Free Agency: 3 Solid Pickups Still Available

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    The big names may be off the market, but there are still a number of quality players left on the free-agent market. 

    With Zach Parise and Ryan Suter having found a new home, it's time to speculate where the best of the rest will land. 

    This article will take a look at three of the top NHL free agents still available. 

Shane Doan

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    For teams searching for that veteran presence who can contribute both on and off the ice, Shane Doan may be the perfect solution. 

    Word out of Doan's camp is that he is still waiting on the Coyotes' ownership saga to be sorted out before he will decide where to play. 

    The Phoenix captain has spent his entire career with the NHL-owned franchise and, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today, Doan, 35, would like to re-sign with the team, but wants to be assured that it will remain in the desert. 

    If things go south, expect the only remaining original Winnipeg Jet to sign with a team like Pittsburgh or Detroit

Alexander Semin

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    Sure, the former Capital may be more naturally talented than Doan, but when a player gets his effort questioned on a nightly basis, it's never a good thing. 

    Semin's attitude and effort level are subpar, but his offensive skill will cause a team to overpay for him. He desperately needs to sign with a team that has a no-nonsense coach, someone who can get the most out of him on a nightly basis. 

    The interest will be there, but it will come down to whether or not a team wants to sign someone like Semin who comes with a good amount of baggage. 

Petr Sykora

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    Similar to Doan, Sykora is a guy who can help a team both on and off the ice. 

    This past season, at the ripe age of 35, Sykora netted 21 goals and tallied 44 points as he played an integral role in New Jersey's Stanley Cup run. 

    He also exhibited a flair for the dramatic by scoring six game-winning goals in 2011-12. He won't get a huge deal, but a one-year contract worth roughly $2-3 million seems reasonable for a winger who I believe still has some productive years left in the tank.