Over a month into free agency, there are still some serviceable players available that could come at a bargain price. Here are five of the best… 1. Teemu Selanne
The Finnish Flash is easily the best free agent remaining, but there is little intrigue to see where he will sign. He’s either going back to Anaheim or retiring… and all signs point to former. Selanne opted for off-season knee surgery, which is a sign that he is trying to come back. The 41-year-old racked up 80 points in 73 games; why would he retire now? Throughout the first round, Nashville head coach Barry Trotz repeatedly called him “the fastest 40-year-old I’ve ever seen.”
2. Cory Stillman
It is semi-surprising that Stillman hasn’t found a home yet this summer. At 38 years old, he’s obviously not the producer he once was; but he can potentially log fourth-line and power play minutes for a team needing to add some offense. Between Florida and Carolina last season, Stillman had 39 points in 65 games. Ever since the 2005-06 season, Stillman has been injury-prone, missing 102 games in that time.
3. Chris Drury
After failing to live up to expectations in the Big Apple, Drury was bought out by the Rangers this summer. Still unsigned, the veteran center could be a valuable commodity for a team needing additional depth and leadership. He’s a shell of what he once was, but can be a nice boost to any team’s penalty kill. Will he find a home prior to training camp?
4. Scott Hannan
In his San Jose days, Hannan was viewed as a really good stay-at-home defenseman. His production slipped in Colorado and averaged 20 minutes of ice-time after being dealt to Washington at mid-season. Hannan is only 32 years old and teams still need a defensive defenseman to fill out their blue-line. You would have to assume that Hannan will get a job at some point this off-season, whether it’s on a contract or a tryout.
5. J.P. Dumont
Dumont is someone who could benefit from a change of scenery. He only had 19 points in 70 games for the Predators last year and saw his ice-time decrease over the last three years, just like his production. Dumont is just 33 years old and, like Stillman, could be a solid addition in a limited role.
Honorable Mention: Chris Campoli, John Madden, Bryan McCabe, Sergei Samsonov, Marty Turco
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