It’s Day 4 of free agency and things have been remarkably quiet of late, mainly due to the fact that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have yet to choose their new homes.
Agents around the league said the rest of the market is essentially waiting on those two big pieces to sign before teams look further down the line for help, which has left an awful lot of players in limbo.
“Teams are waiting to see what happens with the big dogs,” said one. “Once they sign – or teams realize they have no hope of signing them – then the middle of the market will start to move.”
“The market is frozen,” added another.
The good news is that it sounds like July 4 will be D-Day for Parise and Suter, with the latter’s agent confirming on Twitter that he will be making his final decision. (UPDATE: Both signed with the Wild on July 4.)
Once those two land somewhere, here are the top 10 remaining players who should begin to be signed:
1. Matt Carle, D, Philadelphia
2. Shane Doan, W, Phoenix
3. Alex Semin, W, Washington
4. Andrei Kostitsyn, W, Nashville
5. Peter Mueller, W, Colorado
6. Michal Rozsival, D, Phoenix
7. Petr Sykora, W, New Jersey
8. Jason Arnott, C, St. Louis
9. Jamie Langenbrunner, W, St. Louis
10. Pavel Kubina, D, Philadelphia
I’ve left off Teemu Selanne, as he will only remain with the Ducks.
Other UFAs from our Top 100 list still available:
Forwards: Hecht, Winnik,
Fedotenko, Wellwood, Wolski, Huselius, Langkow, Rolston, Brunette, Hagman, Moore, Brule, Morrison, Stapleton, Dvorak, Halpern, Fehr, Kostopolous, Sturm, Parse
Defencemen: Colaiacovo, Clark, Hannan, Spacek, C.White, Huskins, Gilroy, Jurcina,
Gragnani, Martinek, Campoli, Gervais, Foster
Goaltenders: Ellis, Roloson,