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Top players still available on day 2 of NHL free agency

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

The first day of free agency came and went without any of the big names finding a new team, and it's possible it could all start to happen on Monday.

Once Zach Parise and Ryan Suter choose their destination, it should allow the other dominoes (Alexander Semin, Matt Carle, etc.) to start to fall into place.

Here is a quick look at the top-five players still available as we head into day two of the signing period.

Parise1. Zach Parise, Forward
Potential teams: Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit , Philadelphia, Minnesota, Los Angeles

As expected Parise decided to test the open market on Sunday, but he continues to say that the Devils are a contender to re-sign him. Pittsburgh seems to be the favorite at this point, but the Red Wings, Flyers and, yes, even the Minnesota Wild are all very much in the running.

We already know for sure that the Wild made an offer because their official Twitter feed made sure to point it out not long after the noon hour on Sunday.


Incredible. Never, ever have we seen a team do that. Translation: We tried, everybody!

RyanSuter2. Ryan Suter, Defense
Potential teams: Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Minnesota

A lot of the teams in the Zach Parise sweepstakes are the same teams in the Ryan Suter sweepstakes, though it's unlikely that any of them wind up landing both players.

The Red Wings have long been considered the favorite for Suter if he leaves Nashville.

There were rumors circulating on Sunday that the highest offer for him was already in the neighborhood of 13 years and $100 million.

He's the best defensemen on the market (some would argue he's the best overall player).

Semin3. Alexander Semin, Forward
Potential teams: Detroit, anybody that misses out on Zach Parise

The TSN panel didn't have many flattering things to say about Alexander Semin on Sunday, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he's perhaps the most talented player available, and at the very worst the third best player still available on the free agent market.

His skill -- and production, let's not ignore the production -- seems like it would be a strong fit in a place like Detroit if the Red Wings miss out on Parise.

MattCarle4. Matt Carle, Defense
Potential teams: Minnesota, Detroit, Philadelphia

With Jason Garrison signing in Vancouver on Sunday that leaves Matt Carle is the clear-cut Plan B for the teams that fail to sign Suter.

He's an underrated player that can help any team he signs with, but the question is how much money he's going to require.

With Dennis Wideman getting north of $5 million in Calgary and Garrison turning down more lucrative offers to sign in Vancouver, it's easy to assume that Carle should be able to command a salary in the same ballpark. Especially since he's the only other potential top-four defenseman still remaining on the market.

JaromirJagr5. Jaromir Jagr, Forward
Potential teams: Montreal

Things were pretty quiet on the Jaromir Jagr front on Sunday, but the one team that seemed to get connected to his name the most was the Montreal Canadiens. Frankly, we'd love to see how a Jagr-Michel Therrien player-coach relationship would work.

Jagr's agent said that over 20 teams contacted him regarding his client, but as we saw with the free agent courtship around Jagr last summer it's probably best to take that with a grain of salt because you just never know with these guys.

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