What follows is my list of potential free agents that might attract the attention – and money – of the Chicago Blackhawks this summer as unrestricted free agents.
We already spoke at length about our number one unrestricted free agent target for the Blackhawks – former Hurricane forward Erik Cole – and now present a list of some other names that may be on GM Stan Bowman’s radar.
Ryan Jones, LW, Edmonton
- Jones, who turns 27 in June, is listed at 6’0 and 205 pounds and was once a fairly well regarded prospect in the Oilers organization who simply never produced as much as the organization wanted. But in 2010-11, he piled up 152 hits, 57 blocked shots and 38 takeaways with 18 goals. Last year, his cap number was $975k.
Drew Miller, LW, Detroit
- Miller, 27, posted just 18 points in 67games, but he’s a Tomas Kopecky clone. Listed at 6’2 and 180 pounds, Miller was credited with 84 hits and two game-winning goals (more than Tomas Holmstrom). His 2010-11 cap number: $650,000.
Marty Reasoner, C, Florida
- This is a real pain-in-the-butt player to include on this list, considering he was a member of the Blackhawks for a few weeks last summer. He wound up winning over 54 percent of his faceoffs and being credited with 52 takeaways while posting 32 points – including four game-winning goals – while his cap number was only $1.15M.
Zenon Konopka, C, New York Islanders
- Konopka, 30, won 57.7 percent of his faceoffs, was credited with 57 blocked shots and a career-high…. nine points… in 82 games. He had a $600k cap number last year.
This year’s group of free agents really isn’t very deep, and these are the four players that would look nice in a Blackhawks sweater next October.