Sunday, January 13, 2013

5 Free Agents That Could Help NHL Teams

NHL camps have started up, but there are still a few NHLers out there looking to sign a contract and find some work for the season. While most talks surrounding training camps involve line combinations and rookies making squads, there are quite a few UFA's who are looking to sign and step in right away to prolong their NHL careers. They might be old and have their careers winding down, but these veterans have a wealth of experience to share, especially in a shitshow shortened-season.

Here are 5 NHL free agents that could help out some teams:

Petr Sykora

The 36-year-old winger played in all 82 games last year for the New Jersey Devils and showed he could still put up points scoring 21 goals and 44 points. Sykora averaged just under 16 minutes a night and was one of the few plus forwards on the team. The veteran has plenty of experience and would be a good fit on a developing team.

Jason Arnott

This 38-year-old still has some life in him and would be a great 3rd or 4th line centre for a team looking for veteran leadership and experience. Last year, Arnott played 14 minutes a night for the St. Louis Blues notching 17 goals and 34 points in 72 games. He would be a great fit in Edmonton don't you think?

Pavel Kubina

Kubina turns 36 this April and would be a 5th or 6th defenceman on most NHL teams. He logged just under 20 minutes a game last year and put up 15 points in 69 games. At 6'4" and listed as 258 pounds, Kubina is a beast out there and can help on the PK and chip in the occasional point.

Milan Jurcina

The 29-year-old d-man played 65 games last year for the New York Islanders and played just under 19 minutes a game. Jurcina is another large defenceman listed at 6'4", 253 lbs that can play a bottom pairing role. He played in the Czech Extraliga during the lockout so might have some fresh legs coming into a team's camp.

Dominic Moore

It's still unsure if 32-year-old Moore will play this season after losing his wife to liver cancer last week. I am sure he has much bigger things to deal with right now, but if Moore does sign with a team in a month or so he would be a valuable 3rd or 4th line centre. I can still remember just a few seasons ago when Moore put up 41 points in 63 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. But I mostly remember seeing this for the first time in hockey:

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