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NHL Free agency: Shop 'til you drop

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

A look at the top available unrestricted free agents by position.

CENTRE

1. BRAD RICHARDS: The sparkling gem of the 2011 UFA class. Leafs? Flyers? Sabres? Lightning? Let the sweepstakes begin.

2. TOMAS FLEISCHMANN: If he can guarantee his blood clot issues are a thing of the past, he could be in for a big pay day.

3. JASON ARNOTT: Might not be as dominant as he once was but brings size and leadership to any team that considers itself a Cup contender.

4. TIM CONNOLLY: Skilled but brittle. Had the rep in Buffalo of being soft. Can be outstanding playmaker.

5. MICHAL HANDZUS: Big-bodied centre who creates more havoc in the corners and in front of the opposing net than on the scoresheet.

LEFT WING

1. VILLE LEINO: As of Thursday, the Flyers still wanted to keep him. At age 27, he's in the prime of his career.

2. ERIC COLE: Arguably has lost a step, but can still put up 20-plus goals with the right linemates.

3. SIMON GAGNE: Classy but injury prone. Had 40 points in 63 games.

4. SEAN BERGENHEIM: Want to get noticed? Score nine goals in 16 playoff games in your free agent year. Great timing!

5. ALEXANDER FROLOV: Remember when he was a first-line winger with the Kings? Takes too many shifts off.

RIGHT WING

1. TEEMU SELANNE: The only place he's looking at is a return to Anaheim. Then again, he did start his career in Winnipeg so ...

2. JAROMIR JAGR: By the time you read this, the 39-year-old might already be a Pen or Red Wing. Of course, he was going to let the world know on Wednesday where he was headed ... and didn't.

3. MICHAEL RYDER: Showed on the road to the Cup that he's still capable of big goals at key times.

4. SCOTTIE UPSHALL: Scored 22 goals between Phoenix and Columbus last season.

5. NIKOLAY ZHERDEV: Upper echelon skill with lower echelon motor.

DEFENCE

1. TOMAS KABERLE: Despite all the criticism, he still led all Bruins defenceman in playoff scoring.

2. JAMES WISNIEWSKI: Columbus was still hopeful of signing him on Thursday night after acquiring his rights from the Habs. If no agreement is reached, watch for the Red Wings to come calling.

3. ED JOVANOVSKI: At 35, he has a lot of wear and tear on his tires. A good leader whose body breaks down a lot.

4. BRYAN MCCABE: If he signs with the same team as Kaberle, it's official: The band will be back together. This much is certain: It won't be in Toronto.

5. ANDY GREENE: Which version does his new team get: The 37-point man of two seasons ago, or the guy who posted a minus-23 in 2010-11? Devils hopeful of re-signing him.

6. SAMI SALO: Better hope he doesn't trip while getting off the plane, meaning yet another visit to the DL. Was said to be closing in on a deal to stay with the Canucks Thursday evening.

7. IAN WHITE: Former Leaf defencemen never go away ... They just all become UFAs in the same summer.

8. SCOTT HANNAN: Battle-scarred warrior has lost a step.

9. JONATHAN ERICSSON: Is a return to Detroit in the works?

10. SHANE O'BRIEN: At 6-3, 230 lbs., he is one tough hombre.

GOALIES

1. TOMAS VOKOUN: Panthers were furiously trying to re-sign him on Thursday. If not, there will be plenty of suitors. The class of the goalie UFA class.

2. RAY EMERY: When Jonas Hiller started feeling woozy from vertigo, Emery stepped in and showed he can still compete. Question is: How long will his surgically-repaired hip hold up?

3. JOSE THEODORE: Hos .916 save percentage in Minny showed that the game has not passed him by, even at 34.

4. EVGENI NABOKOV: Count the Islanders out of this auction.

5. MARTY TURCO: After being usurped by Corey Crawford in Chicago, how much is left in the tank?

6. J-S GIGUERE: One of the all-time good guys in the game. Too bad his body is becoming brittle.

7. BRIAN BOUCHER: Part of the goaltending circus in Philly, where the guy who started a playoff game was a good bet not to finish it.

8. JOHAN HEDBERG: Should a guy nicknamed "Moose" not be the perfect backup in Winnipeg?

9. TY CONKLIN: Good veteran No. 2 goalie for teams in the market for one.

10. PASCAL LECLAIRE: Seems to spend more time in trainers' room than on the ice.

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