Despite the departure of several big guns, there are still several very interesting players available in the autonomy market of the National Hockey League (NHL).
More than 72 hours after the start of the free agent hunt, here are some skaters who are still looking for a new home:
The fate of the attacker seemed linked to that of Taylor Hall. Now that he’s signed with the Buffalo Sabers, where will Hoffman land? The team that attracts him will get their hands on a goalscorer who has never scored less than 22 goals in a season since becoming a regular NHL player.
Like Hoffman, Dadonov is a skater known for threading the needle. Since returning to the Bettman Tour in 2017-18, the Russian has amassed 81 goals in 225 games. The right winger may well be back with the Florida Panthers, who made him an offer before the market opened.
After having had his best career campaign with 23 wins and 17 assists for 40 points in 66 games, the Quebecer was dropped by the Ottawa Senators because he was too greedy. Whoever represents himself is therefore looking for a sixth team in the NHL, and this, in just six years.
As in the case of Duclair, Galchenyuk is a young player who has already packed his bags several times. After failures with the Montreal Canadiens, the Arizona Coyotes, the Pittsburgh Penguins and recently the Minnesota Wild, will the 26-year-old American deserve another chance or will he be tempted by a exile in Russia?
Obtained from the New Jersey Devils for a third round pick last February, Vatanen was unable to convince the Carolina Hurricanes to keep him. It is possible that his value took a hit and he did not get an offer that attracts him to the market.
The former Senators appears to be the loser among goaltenders available this fall. While the other masked men have almost all found a taker, Anderson is still waiting for a call.
Joe Thornton and Zdeno Chara
The two veterans’ cases are quite special, as they are available, but they should logically only get along with the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins, respectively.