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TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2012 7:47:28 AM
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The clock is winding down until free agent season kicks into high gear.

At the stroke of Noon et/9am pt, over 300 unrestricted free agents hit the open market in search of new deals.

Free Agent Frenzy coverage continues now on TSN2 and TSN.ca. Coverage is also available on TSN Mobile TV.

You can also talk hockey and get breaking news as it happens with TSN.ca's live blog now.

For many, those new deals will include a change of address.

July 1 promises to provide intrigue as the likes of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Martin Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr and Shane Doan weigh out their options from the NHL's 30 clubs.

Last year, teams lined up at Newport in Toronto to make their best pitch to prized free agent Brad Ricahards. Will this Canada Day see a similar bidding war over one of the top available names?

In past years, superstars signed just after the market opened, as was the case in 2009 when Marian Hossa inked a massive 12-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on the first day of open season.

Some, like Ilya Kovalchuk, have drawn the process out and took weeks to decide on which offer is best.

Younger players may also be on the move as players who were not tendered qualifying offers by their 2011-12 clubs suddenly find themselves in unrestricted waters.

Will teams take a chance on young talents that have been set adrift like Peter Mueller, Guillaume Latendresse and Cam Barker?

Some teams like the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals were very active one year ago, locking down key depth pieces and core roster players like Jose Theodore, Ed Jovanovski, Roman Hamrlik and Joel Ward.

Meanwhile, other teams - like the Toronto Maple Leafs and eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings - let the day pass without adding any new names to the fold. Instead striking a day later, adding forwards Simon Gagne and Tim Connolly respectively.

The bar was set high last summer when the likes of Christian Ehrhoff and James Wisniewski signed large multi-year deals ahead of July 1. Will one high-spending club set the bar for Free Agent Frenzy 2012?

The minutes are ticking away until we find out.



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