With NHL training camps just a few weeks away, there are still several serviceable players without contracts for 2016-17. Whether these guys are just holding out for a better deal than what’s currently available, or are just waiting for a single offer to come along, here are 10 experienced players on standby in the event of your team’s training camp disappointments or early-season injuries.
Matt Bartkowski, D, 28
He’s on the right side of 30 years of age and was relied upon for all but two games for the Vancouver Canucks last season – a good bet for a team in need of one extra defenseman.
David Jones, RW, 32
Jones has lost the top-six, goal-scoring ability he once had, but he has good size at 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds and still notched 11 goals last season, which could help a team in need of forward depth.
Lauri Korpikoski, LW, 30
With 10 goals and 12 assists for the Edmonton Oilers last season, it seems Korpikoski can still be an effective bottom-six winger with modest offensive touch. He’ll play for Finland at the World Cup, so he has an opportunity to showcase himself to potential suitors there.
Kyle Quincey, D, 31
Quincey missed time last season with an ankle injury, but maintained a positive plus-minus in 47 games for the Detroit Red Wings. His 500 NHL games of experience could help a young defense in a depth role.
Karri Ramo, G, 30
The Finn had an up-and-down season for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, but his numbers over 37 games played ended up about the same as usual (2.63 goals-against average, .909 save percentage). He can be a reliable backup or spot starter.
Kris Russell, D, 29
There was a rumored bidding war for Russell’s services on the opening day of free agency, yet the shot-blocking machine remains unsigned. He’d be a reliable second-pairing guy for most teams.
Dennis Seidenberg, D, 35
He’s not going to light up the scoresheet, but Seidenberg is a safe player who could still contribute a strong leadership presence to any dressing room, considering his more than 800 NHL games played, which includes a couple lengthy playoff runs.
Jarret Stoll, C, 34
Stoll’s offensive ability has dried up, but he remains a dominant faceoff presence, winning 57.1 percent of his draws in 2015-16. He’ll be in training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a tryout.
Alex Tanguay, LW, 36
The only player in this group with more than 1,000 NHL games played, Tanguay has been a consistent producer for years. He’s coming off one of his worst NHL seasons in 2015-16, but finished the year strong with 13 points in 18 games with the Arizona Coyotes.
James Wisniewski, D, 32
Wisniewski played in just one game in 2015-16 and suffered a knee injury that cost him the season. He’s a proven point producer from the blueline when healthy. He’s headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp on a tryout.