By Shane Darrow on July 28, 2014
The NHL free agency period is about to head into August, but there are still plenty of players out there who could make an impact on the roster. Here are five players who are still up for grabs.
Every NHL team has their starting goaltending situation set – with some teams looking better than others – so I doubt anyone will pick up Martin Brodeur needing him to play any more than 25-30 games next season. I'd be surprised if the future Hall of Famer didn't find a home somewhere before next season starts, because he is by far the best in the mix of goaltenders still looking for a contract.
Sami Salo may be 40 years old before next seasons starts, but judging from his last few seasons, he still has enough in the tank to play another year or two in the NHL. No one should expect Salo to be a huge difference maker on the ice, but there are plenty of clubs that could use a seasoned veteran in the locker room to round out their top-six rotation on the blue line.
Daniel Winnik won't be a big threat offensively, but he is a gritty forward who could be signed for cheap and make a difference on the bottom two lines for many teams needing some depth up front. However, to make things look even better for Winnik, he is coming off the best offensive season of his career after putting up 30 points in 76 regular season games with the Anaheim Ducks last year.
I'm honestly shocked that no one has taken a chance on Michael Del Zotto yet. He may no longer be the player who scored 41 points in the 2011-12 season with the New York Rangers, but given the right system, Del Zotto could be very effective in every area of the ice. At only 24 years old, there is still plenty of time for him to grow into a seasoned veteran.
For the price, Dustin Penner would be a fantastic addition to any NHL roster. He only made million last year with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals, and has two Stanley Cup rings to his credit. Before being dealt to the Caps, Penner was flourishing in Anaheim playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He scored 13 goals and added 19 assists in 49 games before being dealt at the deadline.
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