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Team by team list of players who are set to become unrestricted free agents (can sign with any team) on July 1, 2011.
New York Rangers winger Marian Gaborik — was attached to the Senators in trade talks.
Gaborik, 29, has scored 42 goals in an NHL season twice and has topped 30 goals six times, but his career with both the Rangers and Minnesota Wild has been plagued by injury problems and questions about his character. Considering he has three years and $22.5 million US remaining on his contract, it would be a big risk for any team to take a chance on him, even if the Rangers were willing to take salary back in exchange.
Except for the ones who detoured through Las Vegas en route to the Twin Cities for Friday’s first day of entry draft, most teams are now settled in, in preparation for the action, so let the rumours begin.
The most intriguing scuttlebutt this morning focuses on the Florida Panthers and their desire to move up from No. 3 to the No. 1 spot in the draft, so they can select Red Deer’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That would mean making a deal with the Edmonton Oilers, who have the top choice right now. Florida’s general manager Dale Tallon rebuilt the Chicago Blackhawks, largely around centre Jonathan Toews, so it’s understandable why a player of Nugent-Hopkins’s pedigree would appeal to him. If Tallon stays where he is, he’ll get a worthwhile consolation prize in Saint John centre Jonathan Huberdeau.
After being so far unable to move up in the NHL entry draft, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is trying a different tact.
He’s now put his top three picks on the table, saying he’s willing to trade those selections for a player or players that would help make the Leafs more competitive immediately.
When Ryan Smyth was a free-agent and taking bids for his services in the summer of 2007, the Calgary Flames were an ardent pursuant.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla even personally talked to Smyth to sell him on moving to Southern Alberta.
Then-GM Darryl Sutter also called Smyth directly, on top of dealing with his agent, Don Meehan.
But it was to no avail at the time. Smyth signed with the Colorado Avalanche, inking a five-year contract with a US$6.25-million cap hit.