In today’s NHL, big contracts are difficult to manage and that’s probably one of the reasons why the Lightning decided to buy out the seven remaining years on Vincent Lecavalier’s 11-year contract. In 2012-13, Lecavalier registered 32 points in 39 games. In 1,037 career games, the centerman has tallied 383 goals and 491 assists.
The longtime captain of the Flames, Jarome Iginla was traded to the Penguins during the 2012-13 season, and the 35-year-old power forward could very well find himself in a new city for the 2013-14 campaign. This past season, he amassed 33 points in 44 games, while also registering 12 points in 15 postseason tilts.
For a team in search of a player who knows how to rise to the occasion in big games, Nathan Horton could be a perfect fit. While he amassed just 22 points in 43 games during the regular season in 2012-13, Horton was a standout performer in the playoffs, registering seven goals and 19 points in 22 games.
One of the most coveted players at the trade deadline, Morrow could also find himself among the most sought after players on July 5. Traded from the Stars to the Penguins during the season, Morrow picked up 14 points in 15 games with Pittsburgh.
Among the many players who fell victim to trades during the 2012-13 campaign, Ryane Clowe went from the Sharks to the Rangers. The change of scenery did wonders for him, as he went from collecting 11 points in 28 games in San Jose to amassing eight points in just 12 tilts with the Blueshirts.
A towering forward, Dustin Penner will go in search of a new home during the offseason. Fortunately for him, he likely won’t have to wait long before receiving an offer. He registered 14 points in 33 games this past season.
With two seasons remaining on an eight-year deal, the Flyers decided to buy out forward Daniel Brière’s contract. In 2012-13, the Gatineau native saw his production drop, amassing 16 points in 34 games. Despite a tough season, he still has excellent career numbers with 659 points in 847 games.
Despite the 2012-13 campaign being his first season in the NHL, Damien Brunner quickly showcased what he was capable of. He amassed 26 points in 44 games with the Red Wings before adding nine more points in 14 playoff games.
Having made his way from Dallas to Vancouver during the 2012-13 season, Derek Roy managed to hold his own on the ice, picking up 28 points in 42 games.
Having registered more than one point per game this past season, the former Canadiens, Stars and Capitals forward could very well be targeted by a team looking for a young and experienced centerman. In 2012-13, he collected 49 points in 48 games, finishing second in that category for the Capitals behind only Alex Ovechkin.
At 34 years old, Pascal Dupuis could very well be leaving Pittsburgh for another destination after posting some notable statistics during the most recent campaign. In 48 games, he registered 38 points, in addition to leading the Penguins with a plus-31 differential.
A lucrative seven-year contract is coming to an end for Patrik Elias, and he could possibly start the 2013-14 season sporting something other than a Devils jersey, the team with which he has played his entire career dating back to 1995-96. During the most recent campaign, the 37-year-old left winger amassed 36 points in 48 games.
After 10 season with the Wild, the 29-year-old forward will go in search of a new hockey home. In 43 games in 2012-13, the centerman collected 20 points in 43 games to finish seventh in scoring for Minnesota.
While you can’t generally buy experience, Jaromir Jagr might be the exception in that regard. With 1,391 career games under his belt, Jagr has proven that he still has plenty of fuel in his gas tank. At 41 years old, he picked up 35 points in 45 games while also adding 10 points in the playoffs and participating in the Stanley Cup Final with the Bruins.
At 27 years of age, Tyler Bozak might likely be leaving the Maple Leafs come July 5. In 46 games, the centerman collected 28 points in 46 games, and also picked up one goal and one assist in five playoff games.
At the age of 27, Mason Raymond will go in search of his second free-agent contract as the Canucks only gave him a one-year deal ahead of last season. In 46 games, he amassed 22 points, finishing seventh in scoring for Vancouver.
At 38 years of age, Saku Koivu continues to hear plenty of talk about himself when the free-agent market opens up. He amassed 27 points in 47 games in 2012-13, coming close to matching his tally from the past few seasons.
With a Stanley Cup ring on his finger, the Swedish forward will try his luck on the free-agent market. In 47 games played in 2012-13, the left-winger registered 23 points.
Even if he had a drop off in point production in 2012-13 with a tally of 18 points in 40 games, Nik Antropov remains a big catch on the free-agent market. This first-round selection by the Maple Leafs in 1998 has collected 465 points in 788 games.
Following a relatively difficult season with the Sabres in 2011-12, Brad Boyes regrouped after signing a one-year contract witht the Islanders. In 48 games, the 31-year-old veteran registered 35 points.
In 2012-13, Clitsome was the Jets’ most productive defenseman, amassing 16 points in 44 games and posting a team-leading plus-10 differential.
Being traded from the Sharks to the Blackhawks during the 2012-13 campaign was a blessing for Michal Handzus, who, at 36 years of age, hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time. In 23 playoff games, he amassed three goals and 11 points.
After a tough season in which he collected just 15 points in 48 games, Daniel Cleary was a standout playoff performer, amassing four goals and 10 points in only 14 games to help the Red Wings reach the second round of the Western Conference Semi-Final.
Clarke MacArthur suited up for 40 games with the Maple Leafs in 2012-13, and registered 20 points. The left-winger also participated in five playoff games, scoring two goals and picking up one assist.
For a team that’s looking to add some « punch » to the roster in every sense of the word, Brian McGrattan is available. In 19 games with the Flames in 2012-13, he dropped the gloves three times and collected 49 penalty minutes.
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