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by Paul on 06/30/14 at 03:02 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here's a look at 15 of the most interesting free agents and their possible landing spots.
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
Stastny is the top center on the free agent market in a summer with lots of teams looking to shore up down the middle. Chicago, St. Louis and the New York Rangers are all in the hunt for that kind of help and, while Stastny would like to stay in Denver (his only NHL home), the Avs are going to have to up their ante significantly to keep the 28-year-old. Our guess is that he's gone and, pending what happens with Jason Spezza, who wants to be dealt out of Ottawa, we're guessing Stastny ends up a Ranger.
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
The market for defensemen has changed somewhat with Buffalo buying out Christian Ehrhoff on Sunday and the strong play of the Rangers' Anton Stralman during the playoffs. Still, Boyle is going to be in demand given his skating ability and the fact he's a proven winner. He's a right-hand shot, which makes him attractive to a team like Detroit. Does Tampa opening up all kinds of cap space suggest a reunion with the Bolts, where Boyle won a Stanley Cup in 2004? Possibly, as the Lightning will be looking to add a right-handed shot on the blue line as well, but we'll go with the Red Wings.
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