NHL Free Agents 2013: Best Veterans Still on the Open Market

July 6th, 2013 by Benjamin Klein Leave a reply »

A team cannot teach experience, but it can buy some.

While there was tons happening on the phones and Twitter yesterday, as many of the top names on the free-agent market were signing deals or getting trading, there wasn’t a ton of movement among veterans. There are still a few notable names up for grabs.

Many veterans will look to sign deals in order to win one last Stanley Cup before they’re too old to take the ice. Organizations don’t tend to want to get older but will take on contracts of veteran players if it means improving the roster and the attitude in the locker room. If a 40-year-old gives a team the best shot to win it all, expect it to sign that player and pass on the 25-year-old.

Here are three veterans who may decide to stay home next season, but if they do return to the NHL, they will provide a lot of value and experience to their teams. They are, without a doubt, the crème of the older crop. All eyes will be looking to see if they give it one more year in the league.


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