NHL Free Agent Tryouts: The New Possibility For Cash Strapped Teams?

August 14th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »

It was reported on TEAM 1040 radio Friday morning that the New York Islanders have sent out invitations to a number of free agents that are unsigned, for tryouts to their team.

When you look at the concept, it makes sense for teams that are struggling financially and are looking for the biggest bang for their buck.

As reported on capgeek.com, there are still 160+ free agents that are still available and if these players want to play this year, why wouldn’t they take an invitation?

Granted, the top 20-30 maybe not want to play for a bottom feeder like the New York Islanders (finished 13th in the Eastern Conference), but a huge number of these players are in the twilight of their careers, fringe types, or still in the early years of development.

Paul Kariya, Kim Johnsson, Fredrik Modin, Parick O’Sullivan, Raffi Torres, and Marek Svatos are just a few of many that could help the Islanders and possibly at a bargain price from their last season salary.

The one thing that these huge long term salaries has done is that five to seven players are gobbling up anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of a team’s ...

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