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Open Thread: Free Agent Frenzy

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An open thread to discuss the signings, trades, speculation, and general craziness of July 1.

Al Bello

It's almost upon us.

July 1 marks the start of NHL free agency and is appropriately a national holiday in Canada.

There are few topics for Sens fans to consider heading into one of the busiest days of the NHL year:

Jason Spezza

Spezza is still a member of the Senators but tomorrow marks another great opportunity to move the star centre. However, just like the draft, Spezza's fate is tied to UFA Paul Stastny. Stastny, who has played his whole career in Colorado, appears determined to test the free agent market.

With Paul Stastny and the St. Louis Blues interested in each other, the list of potential Spezza suitors is cut down by one.

Fortunately, the Dallas Stars have interest in Spezza.

Complicating matters is the fact that Spezza can submit a new list of teams starting tomorrow.

Once the Stastny situation is resolved, and with the pre-July 1 chat period between clubs and players we should have to wait long, we should have a clearer picture on the Spezza front.

Benoit Pouliot

While they won't be big spenders tomorrow, the Ottawa Senators have been linked to a few players ahead of July 1. One of the most interesting names is Benoit Pouliot, most recently seen in the Stanley Cup Final, playing for the Rangers.

Pouliot is a local player, and the team has shown an affinity for drafting and acquiring such players in the past.

Check out Sheer_Craziness' Sens Free Agency primer.