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Cullen: The 2012 NHL unrestricted free agent class

Scott Cullen

4/26/2012 11:17:45 AM

Looking at the NHL free agent class of 2012, there is not a lot of high-end talent in the class -- such is the standard in a league that tends toward handing out long-term contracts -- but there will always be interest when July 1 rolls around because free agency presents general managers with an opportunity to improve their team, merely by offering money as opposed to the other assets required to acquire talent through trades.

The already-thin market could have fewer options still if tenured veterans like Teemu Selanne, Nicklas Lidstrom or Martin Brodeur retire, but it's misleading in some ways to consider them part of the free agent market. They are so entrenched with their current franchises that they will either stick with their current clubs for another season or pack it in rather than shop their services around the league to the highest bidder.

The two marquee unrestricted free agents that will be available this summer are Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Parise, the Devils' left winger, played only 13 games in 2010-2011, but has played 81 or 82 games in every other season and is coming off a campaign in which he played a career-high 21:29 per game. He'll be the free agent prize for any team seeking a first-line scoring winger.

For teams in search of a top-pair defenceman, Suter played a career-high 26:30 per game and contributed a career-high 46 points.

After those two, though, the rest of the free agent class comes with qualifications. Alexander Semin is a brilliant talent, but didn't have a great season; Ray Whitney had an outstanding year, but he's going to be 40; PA Parenteau has been very productive, but how much of that depends on playing with John Tavares? The questions exist for all and it's the degree to which teams are comfortable taking those risks that will determine what kind of contracts await this summer.

Of course, a new collective bargaining agreement could also have an impact on the desire for teams to spend big money on free agents, but we'll jump off that bridge when we get to it. For now, here is a look at the NHL unrestricted free agent class of 2012.

Players are listed in terms of value, but value is going to mean different things to different teams, based on their circumstances, so it's challenging to assign comparable value to a 35-year-old signing a one-year deal and a 27-year-old looking for a multi-year commitment. Consider the order that players are listed, then, as reasonable ranges. Maybe Jiri Hudler is worth more than Andrei Kostitsyn or David Jones is worth more, but that trio should have somewhat similar value.

The age for all players is as of July 1, 2012.

The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- plus-minus, hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, penalty differential and faceoffs. (Stats are listed in this format: G-A-PTS, +/-, PIM, GP). Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be 70-plus and the biggest stars will be over 80. Evgeni Malkin finished at the top of the regular season ratings with a 93.12.

Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable www.capgeek.com.

BEST IN CLASS
Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 77.69
Stats: 31-38-69, -5, 32 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $6.0M
Comments: Five-time 30-goal scorer is in high demand, will get a massive contract.

Ryan Suter, D, Nashville
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 74.92
Stats: 7-39-46, +15, 30 PIM, 79 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.5M
Comments: Most sought-after defensive free agent may want to stay in Nashville, but will get numerous offers, some perhaps bordering on ridiculous, to get him to move.

ONE MORE YEAR?
Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit
Age: 42
TSN.ca Rating: 74.86
Stats: 11-23-34, +21, 28 PIM, 70 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $6.2M
Comments: 34 points his lowest since shortened 1994-1995 season, but still had 11th career season of plus-20 or better.

Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim
Age: 41
TSN.ca Rating: 71.62
Stats: 26-40-66, -1, 50 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.0M
Comments: Even at 41, was the Ducks' leading scorer, so there's room for him if he wants to keep playing.

Jaromir Jagr, RW, Philadelphia
Age: 40
TSN.ca Rating: 69.65
Stats: 19-35-54, +5, 30 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.3M
Comments: Production dipped in second half but, overall, an amazing return after four years in the KHL.

Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey
Age: 40
TSN.ca Rating: 69.98
Stats: 31-21-4, 2.41 GAA, .908 SV%, 59 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $5.2M
Comments: Hard to picture in another uniform and played well enough in second half to expect a return.

Jason Arnott, C, St. Louis
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 65.38
Stats: 17-17-34, +13, 26 PIM, 72 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.875M
Comments: Remained a useful, albeit lesser, contributor playing the least minutes of his career.

Johan Hedberg, G, New Jersey
Age: 39
TSN.ca Rating: 76.89
Stats: 17-7-2, 2.23 GAA, .918 SV%, 27 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.25M
Comments: Has played his best in the last three seasons.

Milan Hejduk, RW, Colorado
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 63.13
Stats: 14-23-37, -12, 14 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.0M
Comments: First time since rookie year he didn't snipe 20. Is he ready to call it quits?

Jaroslav Spacek, D, Carolina
Age: 38
TSN.ca Rating: 68.56
Stats: 5-10-15, +6, 8 PIM, 46 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.833M
Comments: Minutes, games played down, but still effective when in the lineup.

Brian Rolston, RW, Boston
Age: 39
TSN.ca Rating: 60.92
Stats: 7-17-24, -5, 14 PIM, 70 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $5.0625M
Comments: Career looked to be over until Bruins got him at the deadline. Has since shown that he can still produce.

Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit
Age: 39
TSN.ca Rating: 58.02
Stats: 11-13-24, -9, 40 PIM, 74 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.875M
Comments: Crease crasher's role has been reduced.

Andrew Brunette, LW, Chicago
Age: 38
TSN.ca Rating: 58.78
Stats: 12-15-27, -13, 4 PIM, 78 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.0M
Comments: Declining production could mean the end of the line.

John Madden, C, Florida
Age: 39
TSN.ca Rating: 55.51
Stats: 3-0-3, -4, 4 PIM, 31 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: Midseason pickup played regularly, but far from what he provided in his best days.

Sean O'Donnell, D, Chicago
Age: 40
TSN.ca Rating: 59.93
Stats: 0-7-7, -6, 23 PIM, 51 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $850K
Comments: A spare part for the first time in a long time.

Jason Blake, LW, Anaheim
Age: 38
TSN.ca Rating: 60.97
Stats: 7-5-12, -4, 6 PIM, 45 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.0M
Comments: An injury-marred season may indicate the end is near.

Brendan Morrison, C, Chicago
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 58.30
Stats: 4-7-11, -5, 12 PIM, 39 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.25M
Comments: Useful contributor in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011; struggled this season.

Mike Knuble, RW, Washington
Age: 39
TSN.ca Rating: 57.79
Stats: 6-12-18, -15, 32 PIM, 72 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.0M
Comments: Father Time may have caught up to eight-time 20-goal scorer.

Steve Staios, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 38
TSN.ca Rating: 61.65
Stats: 0-8-8, -19, 53 PIM, 65 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.6M
Comments: Made it to the 1000-game mark in his career; a remarkable accomplishment.

OFFENSIVE FORWARDS
Alexander Semin, RW, Washington
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 71.43
Stats: 21-33-54, +9, 56 PIM, 77 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $6.7M
Comments: 21 goals his fewest since rookie season (2003-2004), but one of the game's most gifted scoring wingers.

Ray Whitney, LW, Phoenix
Age: 40
TSN.ca Rating: 75.92
Stats: 24-53-77, +26, 28 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.0M
Comments: Sure, he's 40, but after his production in 2011-2012, a multi-year offer should be on the table.

Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 70.95
Stats: 22-28-50, -8, 48 PIM, 79 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.55M
Comments: Hard to imagine in another uniform, unless the Coyotes are done in the desert.

Olli Jokinen, C, Calgary
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 70.38
Stats: 23-38-61, -12, 54 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.0M
Comments: Most points since 2007-2008; most accomplished scoring centre on the market.

PA Parenteau, RW, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 70.97
Stats: 18-49-67, -8, 89 PIM, 80 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.25M
Comments: Late bloomer ready to get paid after very productive year; can he do it without Tavares?

Andrei Kostitsyn, LW, Nashville
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 64.59
Stats: 16-20-36, -1, 26 PIM, 72 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.25M
Comments: Skilled, inconsistent, getting a chance to recapture his form with Predators.

Jiri Hudler, RW, Detroit
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 68.54
Stats: 25-25-50, +10, 42 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.875M
Comments: Diminutive winger scored career-high 25 goals, 23 at even-strength.

David Jones, RW, Colorado
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 66.54
Stats: 20-17-37, -8, 32 PIM, 72 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.5M
Comments: 47 goals over the last two seasons should draw interest.

Ryan Smyth, LW, Edmonton
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 67.16
Stats: 19-27-46, -5, 82 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $6.25M
Comments: Production fell off dramatically after 24 points in first 25 games; set career-high in PIM.

Kyle Wellwood, C, Winnipeg
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 66.58
Stats: 18-29-47, +3, 4 PIM, 77 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Allowed to focus on offence, put up career-high 47 points.

Dustin Penner, LW, Los Angeles
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 58.60
Stats: 7-11-18, -7, 43 PIM, 65 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.25M
Comments: They may not feel good about it, given his season, but some team will take a chance on four-time 20-goal scorer.

Saku Koivu, C, Anaheim
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 66.65
Stats: 11-27-38, +7, 50 PIM, 74 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.5M
Comments: Scoring is down, but still plays a solid game for 18 minutes per night and led Ducks forwards in plus-minus.

Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Florida
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 68.19
Stats: 14-17-31, +1, 20 PIM, 54 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.5M
Comments: Remains a productive complementary scorer.

Steve Sullivan, LW, Pittsburgh
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 66.01
Stats: 17-31-48, -3, 20 PIM, 79 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: 21 of 48 points came on the power play.

Petr Sykora, RW, New Jersey
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 66.38
Stats: 21-23-44, +4, 40 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $650K
Comments: After playing 14 NHL games in the previous two seasons, Sykora returned and showed that he can still put the puck in the net.

Brad Boyes, RW, Buffalo
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 60.32
Stats: 8-15-23, +2, 6 PIM, 65 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.0M
Comments: Could use a fresh start, but facing a serious pay cut after a career-low 23 points.

Lee Stempniak, RW, Calgary
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 65.35
Stats: 14-14-28, -2, 16 PIM, 61 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.9M
Comments: Has scored at least 13 goals in each of his seven seasons.

Kristian Huselius, LW, Columbus
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 46.99
Stats: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.75M
Comments: Torn pectoral muscle followed by a groin injury kept him on the shelf virtually all year, but is a seven-time 20-goal scorer.

Tim Stapleton, RW, Winnipeg
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 63.93
Stats: 11-16-27, -2, 10 PIM
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: 11 of 27 points came on the power play.

Ryan Shannon, RW, Tampa Bay
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 56.89
Stats: 4-8-12, -11, 10 PIM, 45 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $625K
Comments: Small, skilled winger has a hard time cracking top six.

Erik Christensen, C, Minnesota
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 55.74
Stats: 7-5-12, -13, 8 PIM, 49 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $925K
Comments: Has good puck skills, but that hasn't been enough to firmly establish him in a regular spot in the lineup.

Marco Sturm, LW, Florida
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 53.78
Stats: 3-2-5, -13, 25 PIM, 48 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.25M
Comments: Injuries have diminished impact for seven-time 20-goal scorer.

CHECKING FOWARDS
Chris Kelly, C, Boston
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 68.30
Stats: 20-19-39, +33, 41 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.125M
Comments: Career-best season for checking centre.

Jarret Stoll, C, Los Angeles
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 59.97
Stats: 6-15-21, +2, 60 PIM, 78 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.6M
Comments: Solid, if sometimes penalty-prone, two-way player should be able to do more offensively than he did in 2011-2012.

Paul Gaustad, C, Nashville
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 59.11
Stats: 7-14-21, -1, 76 PIM, 70 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.3M
Comments: Commanded a first-round pick at the trade deadline, could be popular free agent with size and toughness for third-line centre role.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW, New Jersey
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 63.64
Stats: 14-19-33, -3, 34 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Struggled in last few stops (Pittsburgh, Carolina and Los Angeles), but has performed better with Devils.

Travis Moen, LW, Montreal
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 61.50
Stats: 9-7-16, -3, 41 PIM, 48 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Injury-shortened season for veteran who is solid in a bottom six role.

Daniel Winnik, LW, San Jose
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 61.02
Stats: 8-15-23, -11, 52 PIM, 84 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $950K
Comments: Big-bodied checking winger probably suited for less ice time than he was getting in Colorado (17:42 per game).

Jay McClement, C, Colorado
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 58.43
Stats: 10-7-17, -8, 31 PIM, 80 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.45M
Comments: Ranked third among all forwards with 3:06 shorthanded TOI per game.

Adam Burish, RW, Dallas
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 60.07
Stats: 6-13-19, +6, 76 PIM, 65 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.15M
Comments: Scrappy, blue-collar type who scored career-high 19 points.

Samuel Pahlsson, C, Vancouver
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 58.32
Stats: 4-13-17, -4, 34 PIM, 80 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.65M
Comments: Minutes are down, but still lines up against opposition's best scorers.

Dominic Moore, C, San Jose
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 58.02
Stats: 4-21-25, -18, 54 PIM, 79 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.1M
Comments: Coming off a poor season, but a team can sign him just to move him for a second-round pick later.

Gregory Campbell, C, Boston
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 57.08
Stats: 8-8-16, -3, 80 PIM, 77 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.1M
Comments: Gritty centre who will hit, fight, kill penalties.

Jim Slater, C, Winnipeg
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 61.60
Stats: 13-8-21, -9, 78 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Did the heavy lifting in a checking role, scored career-high 13 goals.

Torrey Mitchell, C, San Jose
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 58.79
Stats: 9-10-19, -6, 29 PIM, 76 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.367M
Comments: Checking forward with good speed.

Taylor Pyatt, LW, Phoenix
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 59.58
Stats: 9-10-19, -4, 23 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Big and polite winger has scored more than 15 goals and 30 points in three of the last six seasons.

Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, St. Louis
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 61.51
Stats: 6-18-24, +7, 32 PIM, 70 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.75M
Comments: No longer an offensive threat, but a solid defensive season for the Blues.

David Moss, RW, Calgary
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 60.39
Stats: 2-7-9, -3, 12 PIM, 32 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.3M
Comments: Has missed 92 games over the last three seasons.

Jordin Tootoo, RW, Nashville
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 61.50
Stats: 6-24-30, -5, 92 PIM, 77 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.25M
Comments: Career-high with 30 points, but a healthy scratch in playoffs.

Joey Crabb, RW, Toronto
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 62.33
Stats: 11-15-26, +1, 33 PIM, 67 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Hard-working winger has earned a spot in the league.

Daymond Langkow, C, Phoenix
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 61.28
Stats: 11-19-30, -4, 14 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $4.5M
Comments: Stayed healthy and contributed all season, even if he's not the offensive threat he once was.

Ruslan Fedotenko, LW, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 59.66
Stats: 9-11-20, -7, 16 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.4M
Comments: Career lows in goals and points, but can still offer enough in a depth role.

Arron Asham, RW, Pittsburgh
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 57.37
Stats: 5-11-16, -5, 76 PIM, 64 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $775K
Comments: Tough veteran winger can handle regular fourth-line shift.

Steve Bernier, RW, New Jersey
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 57.46
Stats: 1-5-6, +6, 16 PIM, 32 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: A big body who can bang in a depth role, but has just six goals in last 100 NHL games.

Jochen Hecht, LW, Buffalo
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 62.57
Stats: 4-4-8, +1, 6 PIM, 22 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.525M
Comments: Injuries hampered usually reliable two-way player.

Jeff Halpern, C, Washington
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 57.92
Stats: 4-12-16, -1, 24 PIM, 69 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $825K
Comments: Only four goals in 69 games, but still an effective checker.

Radek Dvorak, RW, Dallas
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 58.47
Stats: 4-17-21, -16, 12 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Veteran defensive winger approaching 1200 career games.

Jesse Winchester, C, Ottawa
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 59.85
Stats: 2-6-8, +2, 22 PIM, 32 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Scores incredibly little (11 goals on 363 career shots, 3.0%) but is a sound defensive forward.

Derek MacKenzie, C, Columbus
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 59.27
Stats: 7-7-14, +4, 40 PIM, 66 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: Remarkably, a plus-18 over last two seasons in Columbus.

Daniel Paille, LW, Boston
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 58.04
Stats: 9-6-15, -5, 15 PIM, 69 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.075M
Comments: Solid pro has value in a depth role.

Brandon Yip, RW, Nashville
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 57.67
Stats: 3-4-7, +1, 28 PIM, 35 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $725K
Comments: Scored 11 goals in his first 22 NHL games in 2009-2010, has 15 in 116 games since.

Ryan Carter, C, New Jersey
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 53.94
Stats: 4-4-8, -13, 90 PIM, 72 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Getting more physical with experience, but always fighting to keep a spot in the lineup.

Tanner Glass, LW, Winnipeg
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 57.15
Stats: 5-11-16, -12, 73 PIM, 78 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Coming off career-high in minutes (13:25 per game) and points (16).

Tom Kostopoulos, RW, Calgary
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 55.32
Stats: 4-8-12, -15, 57 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $917K
Comments: Durable winger had fewest points and worst plus-minus of his career.

Colin Fraser, C, Los Angeles
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 54.84
Stats: 2-6-8, -2, 67 PIM, 67 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $825K
Comments: Hard-working fourth-liner has five goals in 134 games over last two seasons.

Niklas Hagman, LW, Anaheim
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 60.35
Stats: 9-14-23, -7, 14 PIM, 71 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Move to Anaheim didn't rejuvenate him; could be battling for a job.

Scott Parse, RW, Los Angeles
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 59.07
Stats: 2-0-2, +1, 14 PIM, 9 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $900K
Comments: Has played just 14 games over last two years, due to injuries, but worth considering.

Jamal Mayers, RW, Chicago
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 56.28
Stats: 6-9-15, -4, 91 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550K
Comments: Gritty fourth-liner has been a survivor, nearing 900 career games while never scoring more than 27 points in a season.

John Mitchell, LW, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 58.72
Stats: 5-11-16, +10, 8 PIM, 63 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $650K
Comments: Was effective for Rangers after he was called up from AHL.

Brad Winchester, LW, San Jose
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 59.82
Stats: 6-4-10, -5, 88 PIM, 67 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $725K
Comments: Provides size and physical presence on the fourth line.

Scott Nichol, C, St. Louis
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 54.19
Stats: 3-5-8, -5, 83 PIM, 80 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Veteran agitator remains an ace on face-offs.

Byron Bitz, RW, Vancouver
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 63.33
Stats: 1-3-4, +2, 14 PIM, 10 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Healthy and earned some playing time with Canucks; could be appealing for teams wanting to add size.

Adam Hall, RW, Tampa Bay
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 54.77
Stats: 2-5-7, -11, 17 PIM, 57 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: 35 points and minus-32 in three NHL seasons with the Lightning.

Blair Betts, C, Philadelphia
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: N/A
Stats: N/A
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Checking centre missed all season with lower body injury.

Sean Avery, LW, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 58.66
Stats: 3-0-3, +2, 21 PIM, 15 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.875M
Comments: Has been talking about retirement, and may not have suitors, but he could play if he can convince a team he won't be a headache.

Chris Porter, LW, St. Louis
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 56.62
Stats: 4-3-7, -1, 11 PIM, 47 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: In a neverending battle for a regular spot in the lineup.

Andrew Ebbett, C, Vancouver
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 63.19
Stats: 5-1-6, +2, 6 PIM, 18 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Fringe player has played 163 games with five teams.

J.T. Wyman, LW, Tampa Bay
Age: 26
TSN.ca Rating: 57.98
Stats: 2-9-11, +1, 8 PIM, 40 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Checking winger earned first extended NHL look with former AHL coach Boucher.

Warren Peters, C, Minnesota
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 53.41
Stats: 1-4-5, -15, 54 PIM, 58 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $537.5K
Comments: Gritty fourth-liner played a career-high 58 games.

Jake Dowell, C, Dallas
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 54.26
Stats: 2-5-7, -3, 53 PIM, 52 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $800K
Comments: Didn't see much ice (7:38 per game in 52 games) in first season with Stars.

Tim Wallace, RW, Tampa Bay
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 55.85
Stats: 3-6-9, -3, 16 PIM, 49 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Produced eight points in 18 games late in the year with Tampa Bay.

Ryan Russell, LW, Columbus
Age: 25
TSN.ca Rating: 53.46
Stats: 2-0-2, -7, 2 PIM, 41 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525,000
Comments: Energy winger who hasn't scored much as a pro.

Darryl Boyce, C, Columbus
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 53.28
Stats: 1-4-5, -8, 35 PIM, 37 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Battling to stick as a regular, has 18 points in 84 career games.

Rob Klinkhammer, LW, Ottawa
Age: 25
TSN.ca Rating: 57.08
Stats: 0-2-2, even, 2 PIM, 15 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Was effective in a minimal role after call-up from AHL.

Keith Aucoin, C, Washington
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 58.12
Stats: 3-8-11, +4, 0 PIM, 27 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit:
Comments: Minor-league vet saw his most NHL action since 2007-2008.

Richard Park, RW, Pittsburgh
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 58.23
Stats: 7-7-14, -1, 12 PIM, 54
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550K
Comments: Returned to the league after a year off.

Mathieu Darche, LW, Montreal
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 58.09
Stats: 5-7-12, -4, 18 PIM, 61 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Has played 250 NHL games, 224 of them after turning 30.

Stephane Veilleux, LW, Minnesota
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 53.77
Stats: 0-2-2, -2, 15 PIM, 22 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Has played 460 career games, scoring three goals in the last 99.

Toby Petersen, C, Dallas
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 54.33
Stats: 2-3-5, -7, 6 PIM, 39 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $775K
Comments: 9th round pick in 1998 has hustled his way to nearly 400 NHL games.

Rod Pelley, C, Anaheim
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 53.36
Stats: 2-1-3, -3, 16 PIM, 52 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550,000
Comments: Honest effort, but little production in eight minutes per game.

Lennart Petrell, C, Edmonton
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 55.38
Stats: 4-5-9, -10, 45 PIM, 60 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $900K
Comments: Not a factor in his first NHL season.

Jay Pandolfo, LW, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 52.43
Stats: 1-2-3, -14, 8 PIM, 62 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.4M
Comments: Even for a checker, Pandolfo's production was awfully sparse.

Jed Ortmeyer, RW, Minnesota
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 53.55
Stats: 1-1-2, -8, 14 PIM, 35 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $585K
Comments: Has 22 goals in 345 career games, yet still finds his way onto a roster.

DEFENCEMEN
Matt Carle, D, Philadelphia
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 71.22
Stats: 4-34-38, +4, 36 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.4375M
Comments: Durable and underrated, has developed his all-around game in four years with Flyers.

Dennis Wideman, D, Washington
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 73.72
Stats: 11-34-45, -8, 46 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.9375M
Comments: Always plenty of demand for puck-moving defencemen who can play big minutes.

Jason Garrison, D, Florida
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 74.12
Stats: 16-17-33, +6, 32 PIM, 77 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $675K
Comments: Due for a huge raise after scoring breakthrough and playing 23:42 per game.

Brad Stuart, D, Detroit
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 68.81
Stats: 6-15-21, +16, 29 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.75M
Comments: Has been a steady top-four defenceman, but may find more long-term interest on open market.

Barret Jackman, D, St. Louis
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 65.71
Stats: 1-12-13, +20, 57 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.625M
Comments: Steady defensive defenceman who can handle tough assignments.

Johnny Oduya, D, Chicago
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 64.98
Stats: 3-15-18, -6, 33 PIM, 81 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.5M
Comments: Increased role in Chicago should improve marketability for teams seeking top four defenceman.

Sheldon Souray, D, Dallas
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 71.54
Stats: 6-15-21, +11, 73 PIM, 64 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.65M
Comments: Returned to NHL and was an effective for 20 minutes a night even without huge power play role.

Filip Kuba, D, Ottawa
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 71.86
Stats: 6-26-32, +26, 26 PIM, 73 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.7M
Comments: Paired with Erik Karlsson, may have produced best all-around season of his career.

Sami Salo, D, Vancouver
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 69.76
Stats: 9-16-25, +7, 10 PIM, 69 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.0M
Comments: Has missed at least a dozen games in each of the last seven seasons, but an effective top-four blueliner when he's in the lineup.

Scott Hannan, D, Calgary
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 61.76
Stats: 2-10-12, -10, 38 PIM, 78 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Played 20-plus minutes per game, for ninth time in last 10 seasons.

Bryan Allen, D, Carolina
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 64.87
Stats: 1-13-14, -1, 76 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.9M
Comments: Steady defensive presence with good size.

Carlo Colaiacovo, D, St. Louis
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 66.92
Stats: 2-17-19, +7, 22 PIM, 64 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.125M
Comments: Has played more than 67 games once in his career, but logged career-high 19 minutes per game in 2011-2012.

Pavel Kubina, D, Philadelphia
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 65.96
Stats: 3-12-15, -2, 74 PIM, 69 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.85M
Comments: Can still contribute, but a reduced role in Philadelphia.

Michal Rozsival, D, Phoenix
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 66.74
Stats: 1-12-13, +8, 34 PIM, 54 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $5.0M
Comments: More defensive focus as he's gotten older, but still steady for 20 minutes a night.

Chris Campoli, D, Montreal
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 64.47
Stats: 2-9-11, -3, 8 PIM, 43 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.75M
Comments: Signed late and missed time with injury, but could be a low-cost investment with a little upside.

Clayton Stoner, D, Minnesota
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 62.50
Stats: 1-4-5, +3, 62 PIM, 51 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550K
Comments: Role increased, at least when bruiser could stay healthy.

Shane O'Brien, D, Colorado
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 67.20
Stats: 3-17-20, +2, 105 PIM, 76 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.1M
Comments: Played more for Avs than in previous stops and was moderately effective.

Bryce Salvador, D, New Jersey
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 62.46
Stats: 0-9-9, +18, 66 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.9M
Comments: After a year on the shelf, played a career-high 20:13 in all 82 GP.

Joe Corvo, D, Boston
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 68.58
Stats: 4-21-25, +10, 13 PIM, 75 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.25M
Comments: Shaky defensive play counters puck skills so he has to be placed in the right situation to have success.

Cory Sarich, D, Calgary
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 61.23
Stats: 1-6-7, +1, 66 PIM, 62 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.6M
Comments: On the downside, but still capable stay-at-home defenceman.

Greg Zanon, D, Boston
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 65.43
Stats: 3-5-8, +3, 18 PIM, 56 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.9333M
Comments: Has been one league's foremost shot-blockers, but injuries limited him to 56 games in 2011-2012.

Hal Gill, D, Nashville
Age: 37
TSN.ca Rating: 62.82
Stats: 1-12-13, -3, 37 PIM, 76 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.25M
Comments: Big man can still block shots with the best of them.

Kent Huskins, D, St. Louis
Age: 33
TSN.ca Rating: 67.55
Stats: 2-5-7, +9, 10 PIM, 25 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Injuries a problem, but safe depth when he's healthy.

Adrian Aucoin, D, Phoenix
Age: 38
TSN.ca Rating: 65.50
Stats: 2-7-9, +14, 42 PIM, 64 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.0M
Comments: Veteran has lost a step, but is reliable and plus-32 over the last two seasons.

Mike Lundin, D, Minnesota
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 61.33
Stats: 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM, 17 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Injuries stalled his progress; had been showing signs of progress previously with Tampa Bay.

Matt Gilroy, D, Ottawa
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 67.08
Stats: 3-17-20, +2, 18 PIM, 67 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Coveted after winning the 2009 Hobey Baker Award, still trying to establish regular status.

Brett Clark, D, Tampa Bay
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 62.96
Stats: 2-13-15, -26, 20 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Tough year for veteran shot blocker.

Francis Bouillon, D, Nashville
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 62.99
Stats: 4-7-11, -4, 33 PIM, 66 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.35M
Comments: Continues to provide reliable work on third pair.

Aaron Rome, D, Vancouver
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 65.30
Stats: 4-6-10, -4, 46 PIM, 43 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Has been a useful depth player for Canucks the last three seasons.

Kurtis Foster, D, Minnesota
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 63.83
Stats: 4-10-14, -13, 35 PIM, 54 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.8M
Comments: Limited mobility, but owns a blast from the point.

Mike Mottau, D, Boston
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 58.34
Stats: 0-2-2, -11, 15 PIM, 35 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $800K
Comments: Smaller role since leaving New Jersey, but could be useful veteran as seventh defenceman.

Radek Martinek, D, Columbus
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 61.94
Stats: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM, 7 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.2M
Comments: In his mid-30s and missed most of the year with a concussion.

Sheldon Brookbank, D, Anaheim
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 64.35
Stats: 3-11-14, +5, 72 PIM, 80 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750,000
Comments: Tough third pairing blueliner who hits, blocks shots.

Colin White, D, San Jose
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 60.41
Stats: 1-3-4, -5, 21 PIM, 54 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Long-time mainstay on Devils blueline was a spare part in San Jose.

Stu Bickel, D, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 25
TSN.ca Rating: 62.95
Stats: 0-9-9, +2, 108 PIM, 51 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: Tough blueliner earned his spot in the lineup and was okay in a limited role.

Bruno Gervais, D, Tampa Bay
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 66.79
Stats: 6-7-13, -4, 8 PIm, 50 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Played well, at a bargain rate, in part-time duty with Lightning.

Matt Hunwick, D, Colorado
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 63.59
Stats: 3-3-6, -3, 8 PIM, 33 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.55M
Comments: Undersized blueliner hasn't been effective in Colorado; could use fresh start.

Dylan Reese, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 65.30
Stats: 1-6-7, even, 11 PIM, 28 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $635.25K
Comments: Has just 74 career NHL games under his belt, but was reasonably effective in 28 games for Isles in 2011-2012.

Jim Vandermeer, D, San Jose
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 62.82
Stats: 1-3-4, +3, 33 PIM, 25 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: Hard-nosed depth player.

Randy Jones, D, Winnipeg
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 52.66
Stats: 1-1-2, +4, 8 PIM, 39 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.15M
Comments: Has been a part-time player, averaging 49 GP over last four seasons.

Mike Commodore, D, Tampa Bay
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 62.06
Stats: 0-2-2, +7, 38 PIM, 30 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: 50 NHL games over last two seasons.

Aaron Johnson, D, Columbus
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 65.99
Stats: 3-13-16, -12, 26 PIM, 56 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550K
Comments: Career-high points, career-low plus-minus.

Alexander Sulzer, D, Buffalo
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 70.31
Stats: 3-6-9, +8, 8 PIM, 27 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Has bounced around trying to stick as a regular, but might want to stay in Buffalo, where he scored eight points in 15 games.

Sami Lepisto, D, Chicago
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 61.91
Stats: 1-2-3, +3, 4 PIM, 6 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Played limited, easy minutes for Blackhawks; okay seventh D-man.

Brett Lebda, D, Columbus
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 62.22
Stats: 1-3-4, -1, 14 PIM, 30 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Played better and more often once returning from stint in AHL.

Jeff Woywitka, D, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 63.98
Stats: 1-5-6, +2, 8 PIM, 27 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $650K
Comments: Serviceable in a reserve role, played 10:25 per game in 27 games.

Mark Eaton, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 59.25
Stats: 1-3-4, -17, 10 PIM, 62 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $2.5M
Comments: Not the best season for seasoned, stay-at-home defenceman.

Mark Flood, D, Winnipeg
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 64.29
Stats: 3-4-7, -1, 10 PIM, 33 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: Saw first extended NHL action of his career.

Peter Harrold, D, New Jersey
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 62.47
Stats: 0-2-2, even, 0 PIM, 11 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $550K
Comments: Spent most of the year in AHL, but Devils played him down the stretch and in playoffs.

ENFORCERS
Brandon Prust, RW, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 57.02
Stats: 5-12-17, -1, 156 PIM, 82 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: 800K
Comments: As a willing combatant that can play a regular shift, Prust should draw significant interest.

Cody McLeod, LW, Colorado
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 55.84
Stats: 6-5-11, even, 184 PIM, 75 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0333M
Comments: Playing role has steadily decreased, but has 49 fights over the last three seasons.

Zenon Konopka, C, Ottawa
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 52.95
Stats: 3-2-5, -4, 193 PIM, 55 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Can fight and win face-offs, so if those skills meet team needs, he's your guy.

Krys Barch, LW, Florida
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 53.34
Stats: 2-3-5, even, 104 PIM, 51 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $837.5K
Comments: Has fought 80 times in the last five seasons.

John Scott, D, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 29
TSN.ca Rating: 57.63
Stats: 0-1-1, -1, 53 PIM, 35 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $512.5K
Comments: One of the most feared fighters in the game, but not the most nimble afoot.

George Parros, RW, Anaheim
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 52.87
Stats: 1-3-4, +1, 85 PIM, 46 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $875,000
Comments: Fills the heavyweight role, but struggles keeping up with speed of the game.

Brad Staubitz, LW, Montreal
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 51.35
Stats: 1-0-1, -5, 121 PIM, 62 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $575K
Comments: 42 fights over the last three seasons.

Darcy Hordichuk, LW, Edmonton
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 52.38
Stats: 1-2-3, -3, 64 PIM, 43 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $825,000
Comments: Three goals, 32 fights in last three seasons.

Cam Janssen, RW, New Jersey
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 50.16
Stats: 0-1-1, -8, 75 PIM, 48 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $525K
Comments: An eager fighter who will take on anyone, but doesn't play much otherwise.

Brian McGrattan, LW, Nashville
Age: 30
TSN.ca Rating: 51.82
Stats: 0-2-2, -1, 61 PIM, 30 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: When the call is for a heavyweight, McGrattan can answer the bell, with authority.

Matt Carkner, D, Ottawa
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 61.59
Stats: 1-2-3, even, 33 PIM, 29 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $700K
Comments: Tough hombre battling knee problems, but can fill a niche.

Jay Rosehill, LW, Toronto
Age: 26
TSN.ca Rating: 50.16
Stats: 0-0-0, -4, 60 PIM, 31 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit:$600K
Comments: 18 fights, five points in 72 NHL games over the last three seasons.

GOALIES
Tomas Vokoun, G, Washington
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 73.49
Stats: 25-17-2, 2.51 GAA, .917 SV%, 48 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.5M
Comments: Aside from November, played as expected, but injury limited his playing time late in the season.

Josh Harding, G, Minnesota
Age: 28
TSN.ca Rating: 72.34
Stats: 13-12-4, 2.62 GAa, .917 SV%, 34 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Now that he's healthy, might get a chance to start somewhere else.

Martin Biron, G, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 67.53
Stats: 12-6-2, 2.46 GAA, .904 SV%, 21 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $875K
Comments: Not as good as he was in 2010-2011, but a fine option as a veteran backup.

Scott Clemmensen, G, Florida
Age: 34
TSN.ca Rating: 70.90
Stats: 14-6-6, 2.57 GAA, .913 SV%, 30 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.2M
Comments: Solid in reserve role the last four seasons, should earn a couple more for team needing stability between the pipes.

Al Montoya, G, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 55.48
Stats: 9-11-5, 3.10 GAA, .893 SV%, 31 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $601K
Comments: Could be interesting in a backup role behind a better team.

Chris Mason, G, Winnipeg
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 63.17
Stats: 8-7-1, 2.59 GAA, .898 SV%, 20 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.15M
Comments: Had some good moments, still capable of fulfilling backup role.

Curtis Sanford, G, Columbus
Age: 32
TSN.ca Rating: 69.45
Stats: 10-18-4, 2.60 GAA, .911 SV%, 36 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: First NHL action since 2008-2009 and was Blue Jackets' best netminder.

Jonas Gustavsson, G, Toronto
Age: 27
TSN.ca Rating: 61.85
Stats: 17-17-4, 2.92 GAA, .902 SV%, 42 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.35M
Comments: Never lived up to the Monster hype, but had some decent moments; could be a solid backup.

Brent Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
Age: 35
TSN.ca Rating: 50.38
Stats: 6-7-2, 3.11 GAA, .883 SV%, 16 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600K
Comments: Struggled after several seasons of quality work in backup role.

Ty Conklin, G, Detroit
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 49.21
Stats: 5-6-1, 3.28 GAA, .884 SV%, 15 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $750K
Comments: Back-to-back subpar seasons could make it tough to get another NHL deal.

Alex Auld, G, Ottawa
Age: 31
TSN.ca Rating: 48.46
Stats: 2-4-2, 3.35 GAA, .884 SV%
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $1.0M
Comments: No room in Ottawa; will he find another taker in the NHL?

Marty Turco, G, Boston
Age: 36
TSN.ca Rating: 30.70
Stats: 2-2, 3.55 GAA, .868 SV%, 5 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $600,000
Comments: Played a little in Austria before joining the Bruins after Tuukka Rask was injured. Is there room for him?

Dwayne Roloson, G, Tampa Bay
Age: 42
TSN.ca Rating: 46.39
Stats: 13-16-3, 3.66 GAA, .886 SV%, 40 GP
2011-2012 Cap Hit: $3.5M
Comments: It's been a long and productive career, but this past season wasn't one to remember.

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