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Free Agency Look: Centers

Thursday, 06.28.2012 / 4:00 PM / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Free Agency Look: Centers

With the start of free agency around the corner, starting on July 1st, FloridaPanthers.com looks at some of the top free agents at their prospective positions. After last summer's haul in Free Agency to help the team win their first Division title in franchise history, will the Panthers add any of the below players to help in their defense of the Southeast crown. (Rankings based off of CBSSports.com's Eye on Hockey staff)

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Red Wings center Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler (Detroit Red Wings)

Jiri Hudler has played his entire NHL career for the Detroit Red Wings. As a restricted free agent in 2009, Hudler filed for arbitration and played a year for the Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. This off-season he is an unrestricted free agent and has free reign on the market.

The Czech born player had 50 points with a plus-ten rating for the Red Wings last season. He is a sharp-shooter who recorded a career-high 25 goals and will improve a team in more ways than one. Hudler also has a Stanley Cup to his credit, which he won in 2008.

Olli Jokinen (Calgary Flames)

Last season, the former Florida Panther had his best season since leaving Florida. Despite playing injured the majority of the season, Jokinen had 61 points, with 23 goals and 38 assists for the Calgary Flames. Jokinen has had 50 or more points the past nine seasons.

Jokinen had surgery in May for an abdominal tear that didn’t keep him out of any games. Jokinen is a tough, old school player who could be an offensive add for any team.

Paul Gaustad (Nashville Predators)

Paul Gaustad, an eighth-year vet, is a serviceable, gritty forward that can win face-offs for a club needing a bottom-six center. The 29-year-old tallied 21 points in 70 games in a season split between Buffalo and Nashville.

Kyle Wellwood (Winnipeg Jets)

Kyle Wellwood proved to be a spark in his first season with the Winnipeg Jets. In 77 games, he totaled 47 points with a rating of plus-three. He is coming off a broken foot he suffered towards the end of last season.

Jason Arnott (St Louis Blues)

The 38-year-old Arnott proved he still had some left in the tank after a solid 2011-2012 season with the St Louis Blues. In 72 games, Arnott had 17 goals and 17 assists for a total of 34 points. Arnott, in fact, has recorded 17 goals in all but two of his 18-year career which shows that he's a nice complemental scoring threat for any team that signs him.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 0 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 1 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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