Jagr, Iginla among questions left in busy NHL free agency
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Hockey Writer
A busy weekend to kick off NHL free agency has left a few prominent players still looking for landing spots and teams still needing to fill some holes.
The leftover list is a who’s who of stars from previous decades, notably Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla, while Montreal likely won’t bring back defenseman Andrei Markov. Now that Joe Thornton has returned to San Jose and Patrick Marleau has moved on to Toronto , much of the intrigue has been taken out of the offseason.
There are still a few big loose ends to address with two months left before training camp, though:
After Alexander Radulov signed a $31.25 million, five-year deal with Dallas on Monday, the most productive players remaining on the market are on the downside of their careers: Jagr at 45, Iginla at 40, Markov at 38 and Thomas Vanek at 33.
Then there are 40-year-olds Shane Doan and Matt Cullen and 37-year-old Mike Fisher trying to decide whether to play another year.
Cullen in particular showed he still has something left by helping Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons. He could help any contender.
“Cully was just such an amazing friend and an amazing teammate that no one would be surprised, at least that played with him, if he came back,” said former Penguins center Nick Bonino, who signed a $16.4 million, four-year deal with the Predators. “Physically, he’s in great shape. I think for him, it’s mentally if he wants to do another season of it.”
Jagr won’t be back with Florida, and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he won’t consider signing him for a second tour in Philadelphia.