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UFAs Still Without Work

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s Aug. 20th. Players are skating and getting in shape for National Hockey League training camps, which open on Sept. 11.

If your name is Daniel Winnik, P.A. Parenteau or Dennis Wideman, the deal your agent was hoping for hasn’t materialized. Now it’s a Professional Try Out, or nothing. Then there are the high-profile names, like Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan. Surely they wouldn’t stoop to attending a camp on a PTO….

Would they?

A delicious menu of unrestricted free agents remains, with some prime restricted free agents also unsigned late into August. Here is a look at some players without contracts, and what fate might befall them in the next month.

Top UFAs

Jaromir Jagr: You’d think someone would find room for Jagr’s 46 points, even if he does turn 46 in February. Maybe New Jersey, now that centre Travis Zajac is out long-term, will bring the big Czech back. We don’t see Jagr in a Canadian market, and we’re not sure a long playoff run and Stanley Cup hunt are his top priorities. Vegas? No chance. Still, he’s regular-season productive. And he’s still Jaromir Jagr. Somebody…? Anybody…?


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Primis's avatar

So the consensus is still that Vanek is a bad defensive player?

He wasn’t in DET.  Not at all.

Or is this just a case of “nobody actually watched him last season”?

Posted by Primis on 08/20/17 at 05:28 PM ET


If you weren’t a Red Wings fan would you have watched them last season?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/20/17 at 06:26 PM ET


Agree Vanek was fantastic for us, without the puck or with.  He was fantasy gold for late round picks and FAs.  Didnt kill your plus minus.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/20/17 at 09:01 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Jagr. Make it haopen, Kenny.  That’s entertainment.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/20/17 at 11:24 PM ET


Don’t care so much for the idle negative “character” talk about Vanek.

Didn’t seem like there were any such issues with him in Detroit
- instead we kept reading how he was a good mentor as a highly-skilled
veteran who could connect with younger skill players.

And I love how one of AA’s best goals came on a play where Vanek
out-skated the opponent to the puck in the Detroit zone and immediately turned the play
the other direction. Effort, vision, hockey sense and the ability to complete a pass.

Vanek was one of the most fun Red Wings to watch last season because of
his deadly release and creativity making plays.

Posted by Lefty30 on 08/21/17 at 08:05 PM ET

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