It’s Aug. 20th. Players are skating and getting in shape for National Hockey League training camps, which open on Sept. 11. If your name is Daniel Winnik, P.A. Parenteau or Dennis Wideman, the deal your agent was hoping for hasn’t materialized. Now it’s a Professional Try Out, or nothing. Then there are the high-profile names, like Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan. Surely they wouldn’t stoop to attending a camp on a PTO…. Would they? A delicious menu of unrestricted free agents remains, with some prime restricted free agents also unsigned late into August. Here is a look at some players without contracts, and what fate might befall them in the next month. Top UFAs Jaromir Jagr: You’d think someone would find room for Jagr’s 46 points, even if he does turn 46 in February. Maybe New Jersey, now that centre Travis Zajac is out long-term, will bring the big Czech back. We don’t see Jagr in a Canadian market, and we’re not sure a long playoff run and Stanley Cup hunt are his top priorities. Vegas? No chance. Still, he’s regular-season productive. And he’s still Jaromir Jagr. Somebody…? Anybody…? Jarome Iginla: Iginla is 40, but showed some post-trade deadline life in L.A. with six goals and nine points in 19 games. The problem with aging stars in today’s fast-paced game is that you might want Iginla’s shot on your power play from about March 15 on, but there’s an entire season before that. With 18 points in the first 61 games last season, GMs are wondering how Iginla will help a team make the playoffs.
A look at the NHL’s top remaining free agents and trade candidates
Sportsnet | Aug 20