Free agency: Top forwards
Is he a terrific two-way player? Without a doubt. But Hossa is a complementary player as opposed to a marquee player. The Wings have the marquee in Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, and would like to keep Hossa in the fold, but his value is definitely less than it was a year ago. If Holland pulls back, watch for the Edmonton Oilers to take another run at Hossa as they did last offseason. Montreal, too, would be in the running given the turnover that is expected there.
When healthy, he's a world-class talent, and teams like the New York Rangers and, perhaps, the Vancouver Canucks will be interested, but most GMs are going to be very cautious about committing both top dollar and long-term to Gaborik. What might happen is a team comes up with a big one- or two-year number that appeals to Gaborik, whose reputation has taken a big hit in the past couple of years.
If the Rangers could dump some of their horrific contracts (Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury), Cammalleri might be a fit for them, but that's a big if. The Wild, looking to reinvent themselves as a more dynamic offensive squad, could also be interested. And if the Canucks end up walking away from the Sedin twins, they'll be looking to make a splash as they did last season in bringing in Mats Sundin. Cammalleri won't come cheap, though; he made $3.6 million last year and will be looking for a bump on that number plus term.
Free Agent Tracker
It's the offseason, so that means free agency is around the corner. Keep track of all the player movement as the market opens July 1.
On some nights, the talented Kovalev (he was the All-Star Game MVP) is as good as anyone in the league. Too bad those nights are interspersed with outings in which he seems unwilling to go into high-traffic areas and stays on the perimeter. What about a return to New York, where he won a Cup in 1994? Cap issues abound for the Rangers, but he might fit well with coach John Tortorella if the Rangers can dispose of some of their bloated contracts.
Other free-agent forwardsOther names of note come July 1: Jere Lehtinen, Ian Laperriere, John Madden, Brendan Shanahan, Brendan Morrison, Tomas Kopecky, Mikael Samuelsson, Ales Kotalik, Tom Kostopoulos, Erik Cole, Mark Recchi, P.J. Axelsson, Manny Malhotra, Michael Peca, Jason Williams, Todd Bertuzzi, Samuel Pahlsson, Radek Bonk, Nik Antropov, Mike Comrie, Chris Neil, Bill Guerin, Mike Grier and Travis Moen.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
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