Plenty of unrestricted free agents not named Ilya Kovalchuk are still out there. I took some time to check in with the agents for a number of them Tuesday:
"He's a very complete player," his agent, Joseph Tacopina, told ESPN.com. "He scored 15 goals last year, really in a defensive role. When it comes to taking draws and his defensive responsibility, he's among the best.
"This is a big year for him free-agent wise. He's got a young family. He wants to be compensated fairly. Some teams we've spoken to have asked us to wait for various reasons. Some are trying to create cap space. There are a lot of X-factors. We're going to take our time and make sure we put him in the right spot."
While Tacopina would not say, I still think Washington remains interested in bringing him back and Tampa Bay could be interested.
"Johnny is evaluating the possible situations so that he can pick the right spot moving forward," his agent, Bill Zito, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "Once Kovalchuk happens and [Tomas] Kaberle gets moved, now there's going to be more free-agent business. So, at this point, it's hurry up and wait."
"We do have some of the proverbial irons in the fire, and I believe there will be a deal consummated; but as you know given the summer schedule, I do not anticipate finalizing anything before the end of the month," said Carlos Sosa, Tucker's agent. "Choice of location and a chance to win are the key factors."
From all accounts, Tucker helped the young players in Colorado this past season.
"I'd say Darcy indeed was a good influence on the young guys last season," veteran Avs beat writer Adrian Dater of The Denver Post told ESPN.com. "Ryan O'Reilly lived with him all year, for instance, and he seemed to transition in his mind from being a 'star' to a guy who's at the end of the line and knows it and wants to be a good citizen to help others."
"A handful of teams have expressed interest, however no firm offers yet. He will be patient until we find the right fit for him," agent Stephen Reich said.
"He had a great season and a great playoff," agent Jarrett Bousquet told me. "Many teams have acknowledged that he made an impact. There's a lot of teams interested, but many of them want time to figure out what they're doing with Player X first and things like that. There are offers, but we think he deserves a raise. We'll see what happens."
"Talking with teams in Russia and the NHL on Pavol," said his agent, Matt Keator. "With the amount of interest, we hope to have something done soon."
"We are involved in discussions with several NHL teams on both Ruslan and Miro," Walsh told ESPN.com. "Teams appear to temporarily be in a holding pattern, but I expect the UFA market to become active again soon."
Satan played well for Boston last season, while Fedotenko has always shown to be a clutch player.
"There have been some discussions with a couple of teams to this point," agent Scott Lites told ESPN.com. "I believe he would be an outstanding fit on a contending team, especially in light of his prowess in the playoffs [42 career playoff goals, including 12 game winners, tied for 18th in NHL history] and as the most prolific shootout scorer in NHL history with 27 goals [on only 46 shots, a remarkable 58.7 percent success rate]. He is an extremely dedicated athlete, is in tremendous physical condition and wants to be part of an organization that is committed to winning a Stanley Cup in the 2010-11 season."
"We continue to stay in contact with the Devils," agent Jerry Buckley said. " They have expressed interest in trying to find a way to bring Mike back. Mike has an interest in returning as well but is exploring his options with other teams."
"It's been more active as of the beginning of this week," his agent, Richard Evans, told ESPN.com when asked about talks with teams. Personally, I think Svatos would be a great fit in Pittsburgh at a bargain price. He's a sniper, and either No. 87 or No. 71 could use him.
"We are still talking with teams as of today but haven't moved on anything at this time," agent Justin Duberman told us.