Employment Opportunities: 5 NHL Free Agents That Are Still Looking For Work
Cody Franson – Defenseman
Heading into free agency, 27-year-old blueliner Cody Franson was considered somewhat of a coveted commodity. He’s in his prime, notched a career-best 36 points and survived life as a Maple Leaf without spiralling into madness. Nashville (a 16/1 wager to win the Stanley Cup in 2016) appears to have passed on re-signing Franson, but there are still options for the former Vancouver Giant. There’s buzz he could return to Toronto, explore options in Alberta, get scooped by Pittsburgh or maybe ink something with Dallas or San Jose.
Jiri Tlusty – Forward
Anyone in the market for a twentysomething Czech forward with a résumé that includes a Top 5 finish in the league for goals scored in 2012-13? (Granted, it was a lockout-shortened season, but it still counts as a thing.) Tlusty’s kind of fallen backwards since that excellent season, but can you blame the guy? Carolina’s not exactly a scoring hotbed. Tlusty remains an intriguing addition/reclamation project for a club, although his underwhelming playoff performance with Winnipeg (four games, nothing on the scoresheet, -2, only two shots) didn’t do him any marketing favours. Teams looking to add to their bottom six will give this guy a chance and Montreal’s rumoured to have their eye on Tlusty.
Curtis Glencross – Forward
Is Curtis Glencross capable of regaining the 20 goal touch he had in Calgary? Consult your Magic 8 Ball and his injury status if you’re in the mood to speculate, but there’s definitely still value to this 32-year-old’s game. Glencross showed some extra spark when traded to the Capitals last season, but he didn’t exactly light the world on fire in the postseason. (The Caps are currently positioned as an 18/1 wager to lift Lord Stanley’s Mug next summer.) We imagine a team looking for a veteran presence and aid on the third line will scoop him up before the regular season starts.
Alex Semin – Forward
Truly one of the great enigmas of the National Hockey League, Alex Semin has built a reputation as a fearsome goal machine and supreme talent. He’s also been tagged as a player with motivation issues with a rapidly falling production rate. Semin’s time in Carolina hasn’t jumpstarted too much outside of a fantastic campaign during the most recent lockout-trimmed season, so a prospective suitor would likely be hoping to stimulate the star with the promise of new linemates and renewed value as a potential top six forward.
Christian Ehrhoff – Defenceman
Is it the cloud of concussion issues that have been keeping GMs away from signing this veteran power play quarterback? Ehrhoff has a bit of tread on the tires (he turned 33 this summer), but he also has valuable playoff experience and can give any blueline some offensive jump.
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