Online Sports Betting’s Lightning Fast Preview Of The NHL’s Biggest Free Agents
Mike Riberio – Center
Quite possibly the biggest name in a lackluster free agency market, Mike Riberio revived has career in Nashville (see: 15 goals + 47 assists) after being ditched by the Coyotes for behaviourial issues. The consequences of those problems continue to cling themselves to Riberio as the 35-year-old forward is facing sexual assault charges with a discovery hearing scheduled for late July.
Mike Green – Defenceman
There was a time when this Capitals blueliner would have been considered a must have pick-up, but his stock has fallen a tad since his late 00s glory years. The Capitals, an 18/1 shot to win the Stanley Cup next summer, are parting ways with the defenceman and it looks like Green could get paid somewhere near the $6 million per season range he’s at now. We imagine he’ll go to a suitor from a market looking to provide the 29-year-old with more ice team and role on the power play. Will he return to star status somewhere new? That remains to be seen.
Matt Beleskey – Left Wing
Who will be the lucky duck that snaps up this, um, former Duck? Beleskey is looking to cash in on a strong 2014-15 campaign that included an impressive 8 goals in 16 playoff games. The 27-year-old is considered a hot commodity among GMs and offers that coveted clutch postseason play that Cup contenders crave. By the way, Anaheim enter the summer with 8/1 odds of nabbing Lord Stanley’s mug in 2016.
Martin St. Louis – Right Wing
Is there a place for Martin St. Louis in the NHL in 2015-16? The diminutive sniper was told the Rangers will not be holding a place for him next year and the question arises as to where St. Louis (still productive at 40) could wind up. Complicating matters is St. Louis’ desire to play in the east so he can be close to his family in New England. Could New Jersey or Pittsburgh call on his services come July 1?
Paul Martin – Defenceman
Franchises in the market to improve stability on the blueline will likely be giving Paul Martin a call. The 34-year-old vet logged 22+ minutes a game in Pittsburgh last season and can be injected in the top pair of the bulk of the league’s teams with nothing to fret over. Likely to fetch over $5 million, Martin provides experience, versatility and skill on both the left and right sides of the ice.
Antoine Vermette – Center
There’s more to Antoine Vermette than just being one of the most feared face-off draws in the game. Vermette busted out of a playoff funk to regain his form and show game-winning talent as Chicago marched to another Stanley Cup. He’ll look to cash-in as he goes from deadline rental to free agency hot commodity.
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