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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

While signing Alex Pietrangelo and Taylor Hall made supposed winners out of Vegas and Buffalo, respectively, there are several players out there looking for contracts. Very good players, we might add. There is a top-20 goal scorer, a Stanley Cup finalist and a winger who has outscored Artemi Panarin and Jack Eichel the past three seasons....

Here are seven of the best:

Mike Hoffman, LW, 30

2019-20 cap hit: $5.65 million (Florida)

The best pure scorer available in free agency, Hoffman finished among the top 20 with 29 goals for Florida last season and had 36 goals two years ago. Did he struggle with inconsistency? Well, yeah. But this is still a player who has scored 26 or more goals in five of the six years he has been in the league, and who had three goals and five points in four playoff games against the notoriously stingy New York Islanders.

Anthony Duclair, LW, 25

2019-20 cap hit: $1.65 million (Ottawa)

I don’t know why Duclair chose to represent himself in free agency or why he didn’t go to arbitration with the Senators. But that, combined with the fact that he has played for five teams in six years, could be why he’s still unsigned. After all, he had a breakout year last season with 23 goals and 40 points in 66 games.

Possible destination:While some believe a return to Columbus, where Duclair could be reunited with former Arizona linemate Max Domi, is in the cards, Nashville’s lack of scoring wingers makes the Predators a more likely landing spot.

Evgeni Dadonov, LW/RW, 31

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If Nashville doesn’t land one of those top wingers, their offseason (at least at forward) is a serious bust. With the window for a Cup possibly closing in the next couple of years they can ill-afford a serious step back in the standings. Hoffman would appear to be the best fit.

Posted by evileye on 10/15/20 at 11:06 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

I’d be all for signing almost any D that can be had on short, bury-able deals. Who knows when the guys playing in Europe* will be back (not sure who is locked in to their deals until their prospective leagues are done), let alone when NHL and esp AHL camps/seasons will start. We might need several place holders, and more competition in whatever camp ends up happening will be good.

*And does it alarm anyone that, of our top 6 D prospects, Cholowski is the only one not playing somewhere? He’s arguably the Wings prospect who needs the most reps.

Posted by Steeb on 10/15/20 at 01:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Well Joe Thornton found no takers so he’s now signed with HC Davos of the Swiss League.

Thornton, who holds a Swiss passport, has been training with Davos since July. He’s played for the club during the past two NHL lockouts and has 22 goals and 90 points in 73 career National League games.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/15/20 at 01:50 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

*And does it alarm anyone that, of our top 6 D prospects, Cholowski is the only one not playing somewhere? He’s arguably the Wings prospect who needs the most reps.

Well, I would sure hope he’s got a roster spot with the Wings.  But what alarms me is related - are there any roster spots left for these guys who could (and should?) be playing with the Wings?

Posted by TreKronor on 10/15/20 at 02:52 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The issue that bothers me is the second wave is starting in europe as well so who knows what teams will be playing in the near future. Going to be a rough 5 months coming up.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/16/20 at 03:07 PM ET

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