NHL Unrestricted free agents 2018

Unrestricted free agents yet to be signed…

Calvin De Haan: The Islanders have yet to resign De Haan and right now he is rumored to be talking with the Rangers and Devils. De Haan a 27-year-old defenseman who has spent the last 8 years with the Islanders. De Haan’s best season came in 2016-17 when he collected 20 assists and 25 points in 82 games. The Islanders only signed him to a 1-year deal after that season and due to injuries De Haan only played in 33 games making him a free agent now.

Patrick Maroon: Maroon was sent over to the Devils during the trade deadline, tallying 13 points in 19 games with New Jersey Maroon has not been rumored to be getting much interest from the Devils. Maroon, 30-year-old power forward saw his most successful years alongside Connor McDavid in Edmonton, collecting 26 goals and 43 points. Last year Maroon tallied 43 points in 73 games. Maroon could be a top six forward for many teams or an even better depth forward for all teams.

Brooks Orpik: Orpik has probably been going through a wild string of emotions as of late. Winning a Stanley Cup to being traded to being bought out and now a free agent at 37-years-old is probably not easy to handle. Orpik is a two time Stanley Cup champion and has been a proven durable and reliable number 5, 6 defenseman. As he gets older clearly his value decreased a bit but still Orpik can be a great depth defenseman on any NHL team. Has been rumored to be in talks with Washington.

 

Rick Nash: Nash after not being resigned by Boston and talks seem to be falling south with Columbus has been said to be considering retirement. Nash at 34-years-old in a game that is transitioning to a younger, quicker and more skill based league has not found himself a home yet, nor a successful last couple of years. After not living up to the exact expectations many had for him in New York, Nash was dealt to Boston at the trade deadline, collecting 3 points in 11 games. The once 40 goal scoring winger may be finding his way out of the league…

Toby Enstrom: After failing to be a reliable option on the Winnipeg blueline it seems Enstrom is not going back to Winnipeg. After spending the last 11 years with Atlanta/Winnipeg the 33 year old defenseman is still trying to find that home on an NHL team’s blue line. Enstrom is not a flashy defenseman who will score 50 plus points a year, but when healthy and on a top four role he could be a reliable penalty killer, eat up minutes and play against other teams top lines. While he may be aging he still can play at a high level if healthy. Enstrom has not been rumored to moving anywhere as of now, but we’ll see.

Andrej Sustr: The 27-year-old Czech Republic defenseman who towers over many NHL players seems to be an option for many NHL teams. Sustr emerged in the league during the Lightning’s first Stanley Cup run in 2014-15 season. Standing at a solid 6’7 220 lb stature a lot of NHL teams would be missing out a very reliable and strong number five, six defenseman. Sustr 63 points in his 318 career NHL games his best year coming in 2015-16 when he collected 21 points 77 games. at 27 years old Sustr may be looking for a long term deal, worth around 2-3.5 mil AAV based on the market right now.

Other notable free agents…

Mark Letestu: Based on the market and Letesu’s age and best year coming in 2016-17 tallying 35 points, he could be a solid fourth liner, or borderline 3rd liner. Worth about 1.5-2 mil AAV, short term deal.

Anthony Duclair: With Duclair having yet to establish himself he is looking at a 1-2 year prove it to me contract type thing. He has spent now 3 years in the NHL on 3 different teams. Best year coming in 2015-16 when he tallied 44 points. A ton of upside but consistency has been the issue with Duclair.

Dan Hamhuis: Right now you are looking at about 2.5-3 mil AAV for Hamhuis based on the market and other defenseman signing around that deal Hamhuis is a solid dumber five borderline four defnesmean. Adds depthand the ability to play against other top lines. He can bring about 20-25 points to the blueline.

Robin Lehner: He is a 1-2 year, prove it to me type goalie as well. As other goalies around his value have been signed, right now Lehner may be jobless until a starting role or back up role pops up. You are looking at around 1.5-3 mil for Lehner.

Scott Hartnell: Hartnell is nearing the end of his career, he’s probably worth 1 year 1 mil, would not be surprised to see him return to Philadelphia to end his career.

 

 

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