Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/18/13 at 07:39 AM ET
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
After spending some quality time with our crystal ball, we rank the 30 most interesting pending UFAs for July 1, 2014.
Note that this rundown doesn’t even include future Hall of Fame candidates like Teemu Selanne, Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Whitney and Martin Brodeur – four 40-and-loving-it legends who we believe will hang ’em up after this season. But who knows for sure?
30. Lee Stempniak
Age on July 1: 32
Team: Calgary Flames
Position: Right wing
2013-14 cap hit: $2.5 million
Bargaining chip: Stempniak was a plus-2 player on a minus-32 team last season.
Career curve: Late upswing. The forward is coming off his most productive season ever (32 points in 47 games), and should see plenty of ice time on a weak Flames roster.
Best guess: Flames have cap space to spare. They decide to extend him, knowing proven NHLers are few and far between on their roster.
read on for more players....
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