With the activity around the League dying down from July 1st’s explosive opening to NHL free agency, there are still various names on the market for teams to take a chance on heading into the middle of the summer. Last season, guys like Matt Cullen (August 6th) and Tomas Fleischmann (October were signed a considerable amount of time after the 1st, with the latter scoring 14 goals for the Canadiens and Blackhawks. The former, as many know, played an integral part in the Stanley Cup Championship run by the Penguins bringing experience and timely goal scoring (16 goals, most since ’08-09) to the table.
Others to sign late included defenseman David Schlemko (Sept. 10th), who had a career offensive season scoring six goals and 19 points, winger Mike Santorelli (Aug. 17th), who was added to Anaheim’s deep forward pool scoring nine goals as a dependable bottom six forward, and Scottie Upshall (October 5th), whom ended up playing a big role on St. Louis’s fourth line in the midst of their injuries over the year.
Here are some signees that could make an impact the same way in 2016-17.