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The 10 Biggest NHL Free Agency Rumors Right Now

10 Biggest NHL Free Agency Rumors

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We are now in the second month of free agency and rumors are still running rampant. Here are the 10 biggest free agency rumors being whispered about right now.

10. Will Ilya Bryzgalov be Left in Limbo?

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10. Will Ilya Bryzgalov be Left in Limbo?

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Bryzgalov is known as a second-rate goalie (and for saying some bizarre things). So far, he has remained in free agency limbo. If Bryzgalov is lucky enough to be offered a contract, he will provide the role of backup goalie for whatever poor team that decides to give him a shot.

9. Devin Setoguchi to the Nashville Predators?

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9. Devin Setoguchi to the Nashville Predators?

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Setoguchi's points production over the past three seasons has plummeted, but at the age of 27, a comeback is entirely possible. He might just need a fresh start on a different type of team. If the Predators are in fact expressing interest in Setoguchi, then they should take a gamble on him.

8. Washington Capitals Are Showing Interest in Paul Bissonnette

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8. Washington Capitals Are Showing Interest in Paul Bissonnette

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Bissonnette is a mediocre fourth-liner with a $ 737,500 cap hit as of last season. Since the Capitals have just over $ 1 million in cap space, Bissonnette would be the perfect guy to add to their roster for more depth.

7. Brandon Sutter Will Sign Deal With Pittsburgh Penguins Soon

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7. Brandon Sutter Will Sign Deal With Pittsburgh Penguins Soon

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The Penguins have yet to sign the 25-year-old restricted free agent. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford claims that talks with Sutter are “moving in the right direction” and that they might be able to reach an agreement sometime this week.

6. Saku Koivu to Play in Finland?

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6. Saku Koivu to Play in Finland?

Saku Koivu to Play in Finland?
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The 39-year-old has not been offered a contract by the Anaheim Ducks, nor has he ruled out the option of retirement. This could mean that Koivu is still interested in exploring free agency, but his mansion in Irving, Calif. just went up for sale. Does this hint towards Koivu possibly moving back to Finland to end his hockey career?

5. One More Year for Daniel Alfredsson?

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5. One More Year for Daniel Alfredsson?

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Alfredsson is another free agent contemplating retirement, but he still has some oomph left in him. If Alfredsson is leaning towards one more year in the NHL, it will most likely be with the Red Wings.

4. Could Martin Brodeur End Up Retiring?

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4. Could Martin Brodeur End Up Retiring?

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The 42-year-old netminder decided to give free agency a whirl after spending 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur’s agent has talked with several teams since July 1, but Brodeur claims to still be “searching for the right fit.” If Brodeur doesn’t sign with a new team by October, will he finally decide to hang up his sweater?

3. Detroit Red Wings' Interest in Dustin Penner Growing

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3. Detroit Red Wings' Interest in Dustin Penner Growing

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Penner has playoff experience, a monstrous frame and top-six potential, but he is inconsistent. Penner has caught the attention of multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, but one team that has garnered interest as of lately is the Red Wings.

2. Is Michael Del Zotto Looking to Prove Himself on the Dallas Stars?

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2. Is Michael Del Zotto Looking to Prove Himself on the Dallas Stars?

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How many seasons does it take for a player to prove his worth? Well, Del Zotto is looking for at least one more. Since the Predators have grown a dislike for Del Zotto, it's apparent that he won't be re-signing with them. There are not a lot of teams willing to give Del Zotto's a chance, but the Dallas Stars seem to find the offensive defenseman intriguing.

1. Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen Are Moving Closer to a Deal

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1. Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen Are Moving Closer to a Deal

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It seems like the Blue Jackets and Johansen drama will never end. Fortunately, the two parties have reportedly come to an agreement on terms but still remain far apart on dollar signs.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.