Best five free agents still on the market
There was a flurry of activity to get players signed at the outset of free agency, but the salary-cap drop has squeezed teams that might prefer to continue shopping.
"They're waiting," Brisson said when we chatted earlier this week. "You have teams out there that have to move money."
And right now, there's no urgency to do it. Some general managers have restricted free agents to take care of, others are finally squeezing in time off after a relentless 2013 schedule.
A lull of activity late in July is nothing new, but this year is different in that it comes while there are still high-quality unrestricted free agents available. It may not happen until August or even early September, but teams will still be able to add some talent in free agency. Here's a look at five of the best players still on the market:
1. Tim Thomas
A few teams reached out to the Thomas camp when free agency opened, including a couple with established starting goalies. He's a fascinating option because there's nobody else on the market who is capable of changing the course of the season for the team that takes a chance on him. There's also not another player on the market who took a year off to spend time with the family in Colorado. He's a wild card, and the best path for Thomas may be to sign a professional tryout deal with a team to start training camp and prove he's in shape and ready to return to form. If he can do that, suddenly he immediately becomes the best option for a team hit with a goalie injury or in need of an impact starter.
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