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Some Restrictions May Apply

Being September, it is very unusual to see this many un-signed big name players. How many of them will start the season un-signed? That remains to be seen. The Hockey Zone will explore the possibilities of these Resticted Free Agents holding out into the season or having their rights traded to another team.

Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild

Rumors of Detroit offering Gaborik a massive offer sheet have emerged and died down this summer. Gaborik is expected to play for Dukla Trencin in the Slovakian Elite League opener instead of attending the Wild's training camp. A hold-out is not inconceivable.

Martin Havlat, Ottawa Senators

Havlat apparently has plans to play with a Czech team for the season if he doesn't land a new deal with the Sens soon. It is unlikely he will show up to training camp without a contract.

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars

The Vezina finalist is looking to cash in on his breakout season. He is optimistic that a new deal will be in place before the season starts.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks

The 2003 Conn Smythe winner, is believed to wants a new deal worth around $7 million a season. It is unlikely Anaheim will give him a contract that big based on his Stanley Cup run alone, not even a one year deal, because of what happened with Paul Kariya this summer.

Miroslav Satan, Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres are optimistic about having Satan signed before training camp. A member of the organization told The Hockey Zone, "It always was and still is a top priority to get Miro Satan signed in time for the beginning of training camp on September 11. As a matter of fact, over this past weekend, General Manager Darcy Regier had discussions with Miro about his contract situation and he remains optimistic that he will be signed."

David Legwand, Nashville Predators

Legwand is reportedly considering options in Europe, him and Nashville are apparently $300,000 apart. Nasville refused to comment to The Hockey Zone on the subject. A holdout is very likely.

Sergei Samsonov, Boston Bruins

Samsonov has been rumored to be going to Detroit or New York in trades that would see Boston get a goaltender, now I think the need for those two clubs to get a player like Samsonov has been lessened. Given that Boston has had three hold-outs in the past three seasons, a hold-out seems likely for Samsonov.

Nick Boynton, Boston Bruins

There hasn't been much progress in contract talks with Boynton and the Bruins, but I expect a deal to be done, even though GM Mike O'Connell ruthlessly fights for every penny, because Boynton is such an easy-going person. "I think we'll get a deal done," O'Connell said. "I'd like to do a two-year deal for him. I think that makes the most sense for both parties. He's one of these guys who didn't have arbitration (rights) this year. We only had to give him a 10 percent raise. It's an opportunity for the club. He has to really take what we (offer) if he wants to play."

Petr Sykora, Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Sykora may take a back-seat to Giguere in negotiations, but I fully expect him to sign before the regular season starts.

Mike Comrie, Edmonton Oilers

This is an interesting one. Comrie could have outgrown Edmonton financially, like so many have before him. If he is moved, I expect Kevin Lowe to send him to his friend and trading partner Glen Sather, if Sather feels there is room for Comrie. Comrie and his father are very close with Sather. However, with Carter and Niinimaa already moved, I suspect there is enough money left for Comrie.

Alex Tanguay, Colorado Avalanche

Tanguay is too important to the Avalanche, and they have too much money to let Tanguay start the season un-signed.

Georges Laraque, Edmonton Oilers

Laraque is asking for a 3 year/$4.5 million dollar deal. While that kind of contract is reasonable for an enforcer of Laraque's caliber, it is very unrealistic to to expect that kind of money from Edmonton. I expect Laraque to be moved before the season starts, possibly to the Rangers.