A look at the remaining notable players in this summer’s NHL unrestricted free agent market.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox recently updated his list of this summer’s top-10 remaining unrestricted free agents. Topping the list is defenseman Kris Russell, who reportedly attracted some interest this month from the “Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks”. A recent report in the Toronto Sun, however, claims the Leafs never made an offer to Russell and had no interest in him.
Fox reports the Vancouver Canucks “kicked the tires” on forward Jiri Hudler. Center Brandon Pirri is apparently still awaiting a phone call. Right wing Radim Vrbata’s agent claims he’s been in talks with four clubs and hopes to have a deal shortly.
Earlier this month, there was speculation the Leafs had some interest in defenseman James Wisniewski, who missed all but one game last season to a knee injury. Fox believes forward Sam Gagner could be an affordable depth signing. Blueliner Dennis Seidenberg also remains available.
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t ruled out bringing back center Matt Cullen, while the Minnesota Wild also reportedly had interest in him earlier this month. Defenseman Kyle Quincey is still available. Fox suggests goalie Jhonas Enroth should be a consideration for the Leafs and San Jose Sharks.