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Sporting News’s Custance provides best guesses as to where ‘top 25’ UFA’s will end up

Intriguing reading: The Sporting News’s Craig Custance offers a list of the top 25 free agents who may be available to bidders on July 1st, and while doing so, he tosses out some surprising possible destinations for said players:

1. Brad Richards, C, Dallas Stars: Refused to waive his no-trade clause to give a prospective buyer an early crack at signing him. He is, by-far, the best option available on July 1.

Potential destinations: Toronto, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Detroit, Philadelphia.
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3. Christian Ehrhoff, D, Vancouver Canucks: Even with Bieksa’s deal, there might still be room in Vancouver if general manager Mike Gillis can unload Keith Ballard’s contract.

Potential destinations: Detroit, Buffalo, Vancouver.
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5. Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers: With Ilya Bryzgalov locked up in Philadelphia, Vokoun is the next best option in goal. There aren’t many starting vacancies open, though.

Potential destinations: Florida, Colorado, Phoenix.

Continued, and NHL.com’s Dave Lozo engaged in a similar task…

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Jordan_NOHS's avatar

a great option for Detroit that no one has mentioned is Andy Greene. He’s young, cheap, talented and born in Michigan. He put up 37 points a few years back and has the potential to hit 50 with a good Detroit team.

Sign Greene & Barker, dump Ericsson

Lidstrom - Stuart
Kronwall - Barker
Kindl - Greene
Smith

cheap but solid D

Posted by Jordan_NOHS from Detroit, MI on 06/28/11 at 07:18 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

interested to hear about green myself.

Go figure they have detroit as a possible place for only 1 F.. Vrbata.  I see a couple lower-end top 6 guys I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing in the Winged Wheel.

I’d be surprised if the Sharks didn’t resign White, but if they don’t detroit’d be smart to make a play for the small righty

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/28/11 at 08:52 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

I really don’t understand how anyone thinks Detroit is a possible destination for Richards. Unless he signs a one-year deal, or signs for maybe at the most $6 million per on a long term deal, he ain’t coming. Ken Holland hasn’t suddenly had his IQ drop 150 points, there’s no chance in hell signs Richards long term for $8 million+ per.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 06/28/11 at 08:59 PM ET

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I don’t think there’s much chance after the Burns trade that the Sharks re-sign White.  As it stands, four of their top six defensemen are already right-handed shots and fairly offensive-minded, so I hope they concentrate more on rebuilding their forward depth.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 06/28/11 at 10:12 PM ET

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Posted by DeathtotheHawks on 06/28/11 at 05:18 PM ET

I like Greene, but no thanks to Cam Barker at anything close to what he’ll be after. Ask fans in Minny or Chicago—he is NOT a top four defender. Not even close.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/29/11 at 12:59 AM ET

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