NHL Free Agents 2010: Predicting Who Goes Where

June 30th, 2010 by Derrick Lightfoot Leave a reply »
We are hours away from July 1st, and in Canada this day is one of the biggest of the year. It's Canada Day, but it's also on July 1st that the window opens for NHL teams to sign free agents. Of course we could just wait and see where each player signs, but where is the fun in that?

Paired with rampant rumors and logical fits, I will be predicting where some of the big free agents will find a home for next season. All predictions are the bolded teams in the respective players analysis.

Forwards :

Ilya Kovalchuk: The biggest free agent of the 2010 class, the New Jersey Devils have reiterated desire to re-sign the 40 goal scorer, but it really looks like Kovy is going to wait until July 1st. The Kings tried to acquire his rights, but as I said the Devils are trying to tie him up. He turned down a ten year one hundred million dollar contract from the Thrashers. He want's money, but he may take a slight pay cut to go to a team that he wants. Another very possible option could be the KHL with some big money contracts reportedly being readied for Kovalchuk.

Olli Jokinen: Jokinen has definitely seen better days (Florida) as his tenu ...

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