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Several notable names remain on free agent market with weeks until training camps open

Published August 21, 2023 at 11:16
BY COOPER GODIN

Training camps around the National Hockey League are set to open in a few weeks from now and the free agent market is still full of notable names.

There's no doubt that a good chunk of these players will eventually be signed for the 2023-24 season or they could be brought in to a team on a professional try-out contract (PTO) to earn a deal for the new camp.

Let's take a look at the list from Big Head Hockey that features some of the notable names still available.

Patrick Kane
Josh Bailey
Jake Gardiner
Jesse Puljujarvi
Max Comtois
Phil Kessel
Tomas Tatar
Zach Parise
Nick Ritchie
Tyler Motte
Zach Aston-Reese
Danton Heinen


There haven't been a whole lot of rumours or speculation regarding the majority of the players listed above. For Patrick Kane, he's set to return from off-season surgery in November or December and there's reportedly plenty of interest in signing him.

As for former fourth-overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi, he underwent double hip surgery in late-June and was not issued a qualifying offer from the Carolina Hurricanes, making him an unrestricted free agent. His timeline for return is unclear, but back in June it was noted that he's facing a lengthy recovery period.

Six-time 20+ goal scorer Tomas Tatar is also available. Tatar has been linked to the Pittsburgh Penguins in recent weeks as the team looks to add some scoring depth to their lineup. If Tatar does go to the Penguins, it could potentially be on a PTO, but a full contract can't be ruled out either, although the Penguins don't have any cap space remaining, which would make things difficult for General Manager Kyle Dubas.

Finally, three-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel, who will turn 36 on October 2nd. Kessel's ironman streak remains intact, for now, but it doesn't appear that the Madison, Wisconsin native has many options out there at this moment. He went from being in the lineup every night for the Golden Knights to the press box in the playoffs, only appearing in four games during their run to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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