Last summer, NHL teams were chasing the biggest fish in the history of free agency while wearing hip waders. This summer, they’re going to have to rent a craft and hit the deeper waters. They’ll probably require a bigger net and a bigger boat.
The summer of 2018’s UFA market was all about John Tavares, and after that – not to disparage the likes of James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny – the pickings were relatively slim. The summer of 2019 will have plenty of star power to be sure – including winners of the Hart, Vezina, Norris, Calder and Conn Smythe Trophies – but it also has very good depth of talent. And part of what makes it so impressive is that, unlike in previous years, there are some seriously good players who will actually make it to the open market on July 1.
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.