It’s the Labour Day weekend, and NHL training camps open in a couple weeks. Players are already being offered PTO’s, but there quite a few notable names missing from the news lately. Below I’ve listed some of the big name NHL free agents still unsigned as informal skates kick off for teams.
2016/17 Team: Florida Panthers
2016/17 Stats: 16G, 30A, 46Pts
2016/17 AAV: $5.515m
Jagr is the most talked about player. Will he sign to a contender? Will he end up a Golden Knight? Will he go back to the Czech Republic so he can play in the Olympics and then parachute onto a contending team at the trade deadline? I like that one the best.
2016/17 Team: Buffalo Sabres
2016/17 Stats: 3G, 16A, 19Pts
2016/17 AAV: $3.325m:
Cody Franson and the Maple Leafs have been linked, but with Ron Hainsey signing, I doubt he’ll be here. It’s surprising to see Franson still without a contract, but he’ll play in the NHL, just probably not where he’d want to be.
Iginla has been rumoured to the Bruins all summer, but some hold out hope for a final season with the Flames. My guess is that if he doesn’t sign with someone by camp he’ll sign a 1 day contract with the Flames and retire.
2016/17 Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
2016/17 Stats: 4G, 7A, 11Pts
2016/17 AAV: $2.25m
Polak is recovering from a broken leg suffered in the playoffs against the Washington Capitals. Some Leafs fans are assuming he’ll be back on the team but the Leafs have a pretty shored up d-corps already. He’ll be back, just not right away I think.
And finally, the big name out there...
2016/17 Team: Stockton Heat/Binghamton Senators
2016/17 Stats: 3G, 21A, 24 Pts
2016/17 AAV: $800,000
Just kidding, no one cares. Here are your morning links.
Finally, enjoy these adorable #1’s in other teams Top 25’s. It’s cute how they’re trying hard to have as good a list as we did.
Jets* - Mark Scheifele
(What, Patrik Laine isn’t there? Huh.)
Coyotes - Max Domi
(You got the inferior
Toronto Winnipeg boy and we got the better Arizona one, funny that)
Flames - Johnny Gaudreau
(You must be this tall to matter)
Blackhawks - Brandon Saad
(Did you know there are crazy people who like this guy over Matthews? He’s named after a nerd’s favourite Swedish car!)
Senators - Thomas Chabot
Enjoy the long weekend!