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Hockey Night in CanadaNHL free agency promises more free spending

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 01:57 PM

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Jarome Iginla is one of the more intriguing free agents available for teams to add when the NHL's free-agent signing period begins on Friday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Jarome Iginla is one of the more intriguing free agents available for teams to add when the NHL's free-agent signing period begins on Friday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The money already spent by NHL teams in the last month has been mind-boggling, and the cash will continue flowing when the free-agent signing period opens on Friday.

Um, what was that four-month lockout all about again?

As NHL teams rush to reach deals with potential free agents (even as others scramble to reduce payrolls to the $64.3-million US salary cap for the 2013-14 season) the money that has been spent in the last month has been mind-boggling. 

From the time Patrick Bordeleau inked his three-year, $3-million extension with the Colorado Avalanche back on June 6, up until Jordan Leopold's two-year, $4.5-million extension with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, there have been a whopping 21 players signed to 58 years and $172.65 million worth of contracts.

Thirteen more players, to a tune of 70 years and $106.02 million, have been given their freedom with compliance buyouts.

Will this free spending continue when the free-agent signing period begins at noon ET on Friday? Why not? Who would not want to add players like Danny Briere, David Clarkson, Nathan Horton and Jarome Iginila, to name a few.

We'll publish a full list of free agents once it's released on Friday, but for now here are our 10 most intriguing unrestricted free agents:

  1. Jarome Iginla -- He's 36, but durable, and although his production has dipped slightly, only Alex Ovechkin (371) and Ilya Kovalchuk (309) have scored more goals than Iginla's 280 since the 2004-05 cancelled season.
  2. Danny Briere -- He's looking to stay in the East. He's 35 years old and his production has dipped to 22 goals over the last two seasons, compared to 60 in the two seasons before that. But he always has been a big playoff performer.
  3. Ilya Bryzgalov -- Will anybody be willing to take a risk on this strange soul? His two-season stint in Philadelphia was a disaster, but he's only two years removed from his best days in Phoenix and only 33 years old.
  4. Andrew Ference -- At age 34, he has played the best hockey of his career in the past two seasons. Not big, but he does play physical. He is a top-four defender who can help out on the power play and penalty kill.
  5. Valtterri Filppula -- The 29-year-old Finn is two years removed from his most productive season of 23 goals and 66 points. Can he flourish on another team after playing behind Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit? 
  6. David Clarkson -- Since his junior coach Peter DeBoer arrived in New Jersey, the 29-year-old forward has scored 45 goals in 128 games. He's a power forward who goes to the net, certainly a desirable commodity in today's game.
  7. Stephen Weiss -- It's hard to believe the Toronto native already is 30 years old. He was limited to 17 games last season because of wrist surgery. He has only seven games of playoff experience after nine seasons in Florida. 
  8. Nathan Horton -- At 28, Horton has scored 20 or more goals in six of his nine NHL seasons. He wants a quieter hockey market to continue his career after two trips to the Stanley Cup final with Boston in the past three years.
  9. Daniel Alfredsson -- With the news on Wednesday that the Bruins have contacted the long-time Senators captain, it will be interesting to see what transpires with the 40-year-old Swede. He won't leave Ottawa, will he?
  10. Manny Malhotra -- After being shelved in Vancouver by general manager Mike Gillis, the hard-working 33-year-old forward wants to continue his career. He's good in the faceoff circle and a solid penalty killer.

Team

Payroll

Cap Space

Roster Size

Philadelphia

$67,578,522

-$318,522

24

Minnesota

$65,598,868

$2,451,132

21

San Jose

$62,331,667

$2,643,333

20

Pittsburgh

$60,173,333

$4,126,667

19

Boston

$60,733,810

$5,153,690

19

Carolina

$57,912,500

$6,397,500

17

Los Angeles

$57,796,894

$6,638,106

17

Anaheim

$57,779,167

$7,490,833

20

Vancouver

$56,802,778

$7,497,222

16

Columbus

$60,833,809

$7,991,191

21

Washington

$55,834,295

$8,465,705

19

Tampa Bay

$55,765,477

$8,534,523

19

Montreal

$57,973,333

$9,024,167

20

Chicago

$55,109,295

$9,545,705

18

Detroit

$54,602,879

$10,707,121

20

Nashville

$54,411,310

$11,248,690

20

Colorado

$55,658,333

$11,351,667

22

Buffalo

$51,449,524

$13,700,476

19

Dallas

$51,052,777

$13,857,223

19

NY Rangers

$50,906,667

$14,155,833

17

Edmonton

$54,186,667

$14,935,833

17

St. Louis

$49,907,500

$15,825,000

20

New Jersey

$47,337,500

$16,962,500

19

Florida

$52,052,875

$17,069,625

20

Calgary

$47,874,583

$17,421,667

19

Phoenix

$45,941,667

$18,358,333

14

Toronto

$45,579,167

$19,020,833

13

Ottawa

$43,500,833

$22,074,167

19

Winnipeg

$41,607,500

$23,917,500

14

NY Islanders

$32,337,333

$32,812,667

15


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