Top 10 Free Agents 2012-2013
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Top 10 Free Agents 2012-2013
The best free agents for this offseason
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Number 10

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Mike Green, is a 6'2, 207 pound defenseman for the Washington Capitals. He only played 32 games this season so he only had 3 goals and 4 assists. But, for any team looking for some offense on your points he is a safe bet but, he will not go cheap as he has a tendency to be a little gready and teams will be taking a chance on this RFA.

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Number 8

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Jamie Benn, The young Dallas prospect is a RFA this offseason. The first of the two brothers is a 6'2 205 pound playmaker with first line capability. This year he scored 26 goals and 37 assists which adds up to 63 points. The one downside yet again is he is a RFA this offseason.

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Number 6

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Matt Duchene, Colorado's Young star is a RFA this offseason. He was lower in points this season scoring 14 goals and 14 assists in 58 games. But, he is still a top prospect and we expect him to go early if hes not resigned by Colorado.

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Number 4

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Ryan Suter, The other defensman in Nashville is one of the top free agents this year. Unlike Shea Weber he is UFA and will probably go cheaper. That doesn't necessarily mean it will be crazy low as he is a top defenseman. We estimate he will fetch about 6 million and lots of teams will be offering. 

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Number 2

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Zach parise, The 5'11, 195 pound sniper will be The biggest name for UFA's this offseason. He is right at the prime age at 27 and will have many more years in the NHL. His 69 points last year (31 of which were goals) will make him a target for any team looking for offense. He can easily be a first line sniper or powerplay star. These facts make him number two on this list. 

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Number 9

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Cory Schneider, the best back-up goalie in the NHL is ready to become a starter. The 26 year old from Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA has played back up to Roberto Luongo for 2 years and wants his chance. Wtih 20 wins, 8 losses, 1 OT loss and 3 shutouts in 33 games he should get it. But, there is a good chance he will not get it in Vancouver as the Canucks already have Luongo locked up for 10 more years. So the options are open for Schneider even though he is a RFA. There is good possibility the Canucks will not sign him this offseason.

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Number 7

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Evander Kane, is Number seven on this list. He is a big guy at 6'2 195 pounds and likes to hit. His offensive power is there as well. This year he scored 30 goals and 27 assists getting the 20 year old 57 points. With the past three years he has been in the NHL his points are trending up with this being his best year. The only problem with signing this promising prospect is that he is RFA. If he isn't signed by Winnepeg right away he will go early to another team

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Number 5

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Erik Karlsson, the best offensive defenceman in the NHL this year. The six foot D-Man  from Landsbro, Sweden is one of the NHL's top prospects. He will help anyteam looking for a pointman on the powerplay with his big shot and smooth hands scoring 19 goals and 59 assists. Erik Karlsson, also has a different part to his game not many people know about. He can be a shutdown defenseman with a plus minus of +16 playing against first and second lines. With all of these stats added up we expect him to stay in Ottawa as he is an RFA. But, he will not go cheap as this was a break out year for him. 

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Number 3

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Alexander Semin, The unkown Capital. Usually when you think of the Washington Capitals you think Ovechkin, Backstrom or even Green. But, Rarely you think of this 6'2 209 pound russian. His last few seasons have been let downs bagging him 54 points far from his 84 point season in 09-10. But, you never know when this russian superstar could break out again. Maybe a change of scenery could be just what he needs. Semin won't come cheap though we estimate that he will ask about 8 million next year and, if he can't get that there is a good chance he will be playing back in Russia next year.

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Number 1

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Shea Weber is Number 1 on this years list of free agents. This  6'4, 232 pound Defenseman is a target for any team who can afford his cap hit. Last year his cap was 7.5 Million and were expecting it to go up. But for teams who can afford him he will add definetly to the shut down defense style or a powerful force on the powerplay. One big asset he will bring to any team will be his size and hitting capability. The only problem with signing Shea Weber other than his cap hit is that he is RFA and compensation will be due. That put aside, adding up all the good facts should make him the top free agent this year.

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