NHL.com has to come up with several different stories a day. I usually stop in here 4 times a week, and this offseason, it’s been frustrating trying to come up with anything to write about, I can’t imagine the horror of coming up with a dozen stories a day. At least in that case, everything is worth covering, whereas Ryan and I have to figure out what is even worth covering.
Anyways, one of the space fillers that the League’s site has come up with is a list of the top 30 free agents still available. Let me tell you, the well is dry for free agents as well as hockey related topics at this point. The most glaring example is with the available forwards. The top three are Teemu Selanne, Alexander Semin and Tim Stapleton. Teemu Selanne has already retired once, may do so again, and if he doesn’t he will go back to the Ducks. Semin is toxic at this point and seriously, who in the hell is Tim Stapleton?
Here is what NHL wrote about him:
Small but useful forward is coming off his best NHL season and can help as a depth forward who has some scoring touch
Depth forward? Best NHL season? He is 29 years old, and he just had his first full NHL season last year in Winnipeg. He had 55 career… games. 55 career GAMES going into this last season. It wasn’t hard to have his best season in the NHL when he hadn’t even had an NHL season before.
But the point is, the NHL is touting him as the third best forward available. There isn’t much out there. We might be getting close to some roster moves via trade, because teams are past the point where they could win the Cup via free agency.