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Karl Alzner, Washington Capitals

A strong stay-at-home defenseman, the 28-year-old leads the Capitals in blocked shots (134) and shorthanded time on ice per game (three minutes and 12 seconds). He’ll attract interest from clubs seeking an experienced shutdown blueliner. 


Peter Budaj, Tampa Bay Lightning

Budaj did a fine job with the Los Angeles Kings filling in for sidelined starter Jonathan Quick. Traded to the Lightning before the deadline, he has 27 wins and a 2.16 goals-against average. A solid finish with the Bolts should bolster his free-agent value. 


Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks

After three seasons backing up Corey Crawford, the 28-year-old Darling could be ready for a starter’s job elsewhere. His 2.13 goals-against average and .931 save percentage will make him attractive for teams looking for an affordable upgrade in goal. 


Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators

With 16 goals and 37 points in 61 games, the 36-year-old Predators captain is on pace to reach 20 goals and 40 points for the seventh time in his long NHL career. Fisher is unlikely to hit the free-agent market, as those numbers will encourage Predators management to re-sign him. 


Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers

The 45-year-old Jagr’s stats are down from last season’s 66-point performance. With 12 goals and 35 points in 64 games, he should exceed 40 points. That could earn another one-year, bonus-heavy contract with the Panthers. 


Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens

Despite missing 19 games to injury, the 38-year-old Markov remains an important member of the Canadiens’ defense corps. With 28 points in 47 games, the Habs could re-sign him to a one-year extension. 


Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

At 36, Miller is well past his Vezina Trophy heyday. Still, he’s put up respectable numbers (2.67 goals-against average, .916 save percentage, three shutouts) with the rebuilding Canucks. He could be a good mentor for a promising young netminder. 


Justin Williams, Washington Capitals

The 35-year-old Williams remains a model of consistency. With 19 goals and 37 points in 63 games, he’ll reach 20 goals for the sixth time in his NHL career and 40 points for the ninth time. That could earn him a two-year deal. 

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