Free Agency Primer

With a little over two days until the start of free agency, it's time to shift gears from the future to the present, leaving the draft behind and hoping that perhaps we'll see a few more changes to help bring the team from "potential" to Playoffs.

Though it doesn't sound like Howson's going to be a huge gambler (Fourth line center? Really? That's the big goal?), we've been surprised before, and it never hurts to dream, right?

With that in mind, here's a quick link back to the Offseason Options posts we did - obviously some things are off the board now (though hat tip to Mike for correctly calling that the Rangers would trade Sanguinetti, even if we were wrong about where), but there's still a lot of good info and players that were interesting targets for a trade or a free agency deal in May are still quite interesting now.

RFA Defense

UFA Defense

Tradable Defense

RFA Forwards

Tradable Forwards

UFA Forwards

In addition, keep an eye on From The Rink for their free agency previews, and Puck Daddy has started a series of "Top 10" players that you might want on your team...

Top 10 UFA Left Wings

Top 10 UFA Centers

Top 10 UFA Goalies

Top 10 UFA Defensemen

As always, if the Jackets make a move, we'll try to get a reaction as quickly as possible, and don't forget to check back here on July 1st once free agency opens for the latest updates! We've also got a list of the team's UFAs and RFAs below the jump.

Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)

Derek MacKenzie
(Signed by CBJ)
Nathan Paetsch -
Trevor Frischmon Brendan Bell
(Avangard Omsk, KHL)

Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

Jared Boll Anton Stralman Kevin Lalande
(Not Qualified, UFA)
Mike Blunden Grant Clitsome Dan LaCosta
(Not Qualified, UFA)
Tomas Kana
(Re-Signed by CBJ)
- -

Tom Sestito
(Re-Signed by CBJ)

- -
Chad Kolarik - -
Jordan Smotherman
(Not Qualified, UFA)
- -

Prospects Who Need to be Signed to Retain Rights

Kyle Neuber Steve Delisle (Signed)
Tomas Kubalik (Signed) - -

Current Cap #: 49.5 Million (

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