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The following is TSN.ca's 23-man roster made up of the most intriguing players eligible this summer for unrestricted free agency.

Forwards (12)

MARIAN HOSSA
2008-09 Team: Red Wings
2008-09 Salary: $7.45 million
The Stats: 74 GP, 40 G, 71 PTS
Signs With: Blackhawks
New Contract: 12-Years, $62.8M
Lowdown: For the second straight year, Hossa could be the biggest prize in the free agent pool. He departed Pittsburgh for Detroit in search of a Cup ring, but there's a strong possibility that he could stay put this time around with the Red Wings.

MARTIN HAVLAT
2008-09 Team: Blackhawks
2008-09 Salary: $6 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 25 G, 71 PTS
Signs With: Wild
New Contract: 6-Years, $30M
Lowdown: For the first time in his career, the Czech-born gamebreaker remained healthy for an entire season. There are few players with Havlat’s skill, but his injury-plagued history may scare off some general managers.

MARIAN GABORIK
2008-09 Team: Wild
2008-09 Salary: $7.5 million
The Stats: 17 GP, 13 G, 23 PTS
Signs With: Rangers
New Contract: 5-years, $37.5M
Lowdown: It was largely a lost campaign for the sweet skating Slovakian, thanks to back and groin injuries and hip surgery. When he did play, he was an offensive dynamo. Chuck Fletcher's arrival in the front office could open the door to a return to Minnesota.


MIKE CAMMALLERI
2008-09 Team: Flames
2008-09 Salary: $3.6 million
The Stats: 81 GP, 39 G, 82 PTS
Signs With: Canadiens
New Contract: 5-years, $30M
Lowdown: Cammalleri picked the perfect time for a career season and should reap the benefits come July 1. While the Flames may not have enough money under the cap to sign the speedy sniper, there should be no lack of suitors for Cammalleri including the team he cheered for growing up, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

HENRIK SEDIN
2008-09 Team: Canucks
2008-09 Salary: $3.575 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 60 A, 82 PTS
Signs With: Canucks
New Contract: 5-Years, $30.5M
Lowdown: The Sedin brothers are perceived as a package deal so they will need a team with a great deal of available cap space to secure their services. Leafs general manager Brian Burke made a big splash originally acquiring them on draft day, is it time for a sequel?

DANIEL SEDIN
2008-09 Team: Canucks
2008-09 Salary: $3.575 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 31 G, 82 PTS
Signs With: Canucks
New Contract: 5-Years, $30.5M
Lowdown: See: Sedin, Henrik. The sibling tandem had a solid playoff campaign, and if Canucks general manager Mike Gillis can retain their services it could go a long way towards signing franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo to a long-term deal as well.


ALEX KOVALEV
2008-09 Team: Canadiens
2008-09 Salary: $4.5 million
The Stats: 78 GP, 26 G, 65 PTS
Signs With: Senators
New Contract: 2-Years, $10M
Lowdown: After a spectacular season one year ago, the Habs' centennial campaig was a bit of a disaster for the enigmatic Russian. Kovalev was never able to re-establish the chemistry with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn. It might be time for Kovalev to move on to the next step of his career in a new location.

SAKU KOIVU
2008-09 Team: Canadiens
2008-09 Salary: $4.75 million
The Stats: 65 GP, 34 A, 50 PTS
Signs With: Ducks
New Contract: 1-Year, $3.25M
Lowdown: Of all of the Canadiens unrestricted free agents, it appeared that Koivu is the most likely to return to Montreal. He has been the Habs captain and emotional leader for nearly a decade. However, the Wild could open the purse strings for him to join brother Mikko in St. Paul.

ALEX TANGUAY
2008-09 Team: Canadiens
2008-09 Salary: $5.375 million
The Stats: 50 GP, 25 A, 41 PTS
Signs With:
New Contract:
Lowdown: Tanguay was never really able to get comfortable in the lineup in his first - and likely only - season in La Belle Province. A separated shoulder cost him nearly 30 games and it was not until the last few weeks of the season that he was able to get some chemistry with linemates. His Stanley Cup winning pedigree will likely mean several offers will be coming his way.


BRIAN GIONTA
2008-09 Team: Devils
2008-09 Salary: $4 million
The Stats: 81 GP, 40 A, 60 PTS
Signs With: Canadiens
New Contract: 5-years, $25M
Lowdown: Now four seasons removed from a 48-goal campaign, Gionta enjoyed a solid season in the swamp picking up 60 points. He may well be looking for a change of scenery where he can be more of a focus of the team’s offence, but any team expecting 50 goals is fooling themselves.

NIK ANTROPOV
2008-09 Team: Maple Leafs/Rangers
2008-09 Salary: $2.15 million
The Stats: 81 GP, 28 G, 59 PTS
Signs With: Thrashers
New Contract: 4-Years, $16M
Lowdown: The lanky Kazakh set career highs in goals, assists and shots and flourished during his short spell in the Big Apple. Several GMs will likely be intrigued by his size and soft hands, but buyer beware because Antropov has shown the propensity in the past to miss extended stretches due to injuries.

MIKE KNUBLE
2008-09 Team: Flyers
2008-09 Salary: $2.8 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 27 G, 47 PTS
Signs With: Capitals
New Contract: 2-Years, $5.6M
Lowdown: Knuble may be the least flashy name on this list, but he may be one of the more consistent players in the league. You can generally pencil him in for 25 goals, 50 points and a plus-side rating while skating in every single game. The Flyers would love to keep him, but will probably get caught up in the numbers game in Philly. He could be a very nice pick up for a championship contender.


Defence (6)

JAY BOUWMEESTER
2008-09 Team: Panthers
2008-09 Salary: $4.875 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 42 PTS, 9 PPG
Signs With: Flames
New Contract: 5-Years, $33.4M
Lowdown: Bouwmeester was supposed to be the biggest fish in the NHL trade deadline pool, but the Panthers chose to keep him in an attempt to make the postseason. Scouts drool at his combination of age, size and skating ability, but he faded down the stretch when the Panthers needed him most. His rights were traded to Calgary at the draft.

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER
2008-09 Team: Ducks
2008-09 Salary: $6.75 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 59 PTS, 32 PPP
Signs With: Ducks
New Contract: 1-Year, $6M
Lowdown: It seems likely that Niedermayer will re-sign with the Ducks, but there's speculation that the Canucks could be in the running to being him back to his home province. Niedermayer has nothing left to prove in his career, he may just stick around to ensure his spot on Canada’s 2010 Olympic team.


ROB BLAKE
2008-09 Team: Sharks
2008-09 Salary: $5 million
The Stats: 73 GP, 45 PTS, +15
Signs With: Sharks
New Contract: 1-Year, $3.5M
Lowdown: Many thought Blake’s career was virtually over after a dismal campaign with the Kings, but he bounced back in a big way with the Sharks this season. Blake has made it no secret that he wants to play on the West Coast, so a return to San Jose may well be a given.

MATTIAS OHLUND
2008-09 Team: Canucks
2008-09 Salary: $3.5 million
The Stats: 82 GP, 25 PTS, +14
Signs With: Lightning
New Contract: 7-Years, $24.5M
Lowdown: After over a decade with the Canucks, Ohlund’s tenure in Vancouver is likely coming to an end. The Swede doesn’t stand out in any particular category, but he has solid skills across the board and anchored a strong Canucks blueline. Twenty-five to 30 points and a positive plus-minus rating is virtually a guarantee.


JOHNNY ODUYA
2008-09 Team: Devils
2008-09 Salary: $600,000
The Stats: 82 GP, 29 PTS, +21
Signs With: Devils
New Contract: 3-Years, $10.5M
Lowdown: Oduya quietly enjoyed a second straight banner season in New Jersey, with nearly 30 points with a plus-21 rating. He is rock solid in his own zone and could be a real steal for a contender in need of defensive help.

MIKE KOMISAREK
2008-09 Team: Canadiens
2008-09 Salary: $1.9 million
The Stats: 66 GP, 11 PTS, 121 PIM
Signs With: Maple Leafs
New Contract: 5-Years, $22.5M
Lowdown: Komisarek likely cost himself some cash in his next contract after a sub-par season with Montreal. Known primarily as a defensive defenceman, the rugged American blueliner’s numbers were universally down across the board while looking shaky at times in his own end. He is a great bounce back candidate for next season if he signs with the right team.


Goaltenders (2)

NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN
2008-09 Team: Blackhawks
2008-09 Salary: $6.75 million
The Stats: 42 GP, 25 W, .919 SV%, 2.33 GAA
Signs With: Oilers
New Contract: 4-Years, $15M
Lowdown: The ‘Bulin Wall’ shook off trade rumours to post stellar numbers this season and help the young Blackhawks earn their first playoff berth since 2002 and a trip to the conference final. His great athleticism, focus and big game experience means he will be a prize acquisition for a team looking for help in net.

DWAYNE ROLOSON
2008-09 Team: Oilers
2008-09 Salary: $3 million
The Stats: 63 GP, 28 W, .919 SV%
Signs With: Islanders
New Contract: 2-Years, $5M
Lowdown: Sure, the Oilers missed the playoffs, but the blame certainly doesn't lie with Roloson - who carried the team on his back for the better part of two months. At 39, he may be looking for a reduced role on a contender rather than a starring role on a rebuilding team.


Spares (3)

KEITH TKACHUK
2008-09 Team: Blues
2008-09 Salary: $4.5 million
The Stats: 79 GP, 25 G, 49 PTS
Signs With: Blues
New Contract: 1-Year, $2.15M
Lowdown: The veteran American workhorse is likely looking for one last shot at the Stanley Cup. No longer the two-way force he once was, Tkachuk could still be a valuable power play specialist in the right situation.

SERGEI ZUBOV
2008-09 Team: Stars
2008-09 Salary: $5.35 million
The Stats: 10 GP, 4 PTS, -4
Signs With:St. Petersburg (KHL)
New Contract:
Lowdown: The two-time Stanley Cup champion was limited to only a handful of games due to hip surgery, but could return to help a contender in a more limited role. While he may have lost a step, Zubov remains one of the most intelligent blueliners in the game and could flourish somewhere in a reduced role.

MARTIN BIRON
2008-09 Team: Flyers
2008-09 Salary: $3.5 million
The Stats:55 GP, 29 W, .915 SV%
Signs With: Islanders
New Contract: 1-Year, $1.4million
Lowdown: Biron had a real up-and-down season in Philly. Although his numbers were not that different from the year before, he just seemed to show his biggest mistakes at the most crucial times. He has the ability to be a starter in the league, but might be better suited to the backup role.



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