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Screen Shots: Got 'em; need 'em

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Screen Shots: Got 'em; need 'em

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Rather than provide a list of the top free-agents out there – you're not going to believe this, but Chris Drury, Scott Gomez and Sheldon Souray are among the best available – here's a quick rundown of what each of the 30 teams need, as well as some potential targets. Click HERE for a team-by-team list of potential UFAs.

Anaheim Ducks

Got ‘em: goalies; high-end blueliners and forwards

Need ‘em: third-unit defensemen; third-and-fourth-line forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Jon Klemm (DAL), Adam Hall (MIN), Jon Sim (ATL), Bryan Muir (WAS)

Atlanta Thrashers

Got ‘em: elite European forwards; expensive checking centers

Need ‘em: playmaking centers; puck-moving blueliners

Potential Free Agent Targets: Mike Comrie (OTT), Bryan Berard (CLB), Petr Sykora (EDM), Janne Niinimaa (MTL)

Boston Bruins

Got ‘em: skilled wingers; physical, mobile defensemen

Need ‘em: platoon-friendly goaltenders; gritty forwards; offensive defensemen

Potential Free Agent Targets: Tom Poti (NYI), Tom Preissing (OTT), Kevin Weekes (NYR), Ronald Petrovicky (ATL)

Buffalo Sabres

Got ‘em: young, skilled forwards; front-line goaltending; organizational depth

Need ‘em: veteran scorers/leaders; offensive defensemen; backup goaltending

Potential Free Agent Targets: Daniel Briere (BUF), Chris Drury (BUF), David Aebischer (MTL), Robert Esche (PHI)

Calgary Flames

Got ‘em: high-priced, talented prospects; starting goaltending

Need ‘em: depth at forward; backup goaltending

Potential Free Agent Targets: Alex Auld (FLA), Martin Gelinas (FLA), Wes Walz (MIN), Aaron Downey (MTL)

Carolina Hurricanes

Got ‘em: offensive wingers and centers; veteran defensemen

Need ‘em: elite-level blueliners; hard-nosed, third-and fourth-line forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Ville Nieminen (STL), Mathieu Schneider (DET), Wes Walz (MIN), Jeff Cowan (VAN)

Chicago Blackhawks

Got ‘em: talented prospects; starting goaltending

Need ‘em: elite, veteran centers and defensemen

Potential Free Agent Targets: Roman Hamrlik (CGY), Brian Rafalski (NJ), Paul Kariya (NSH), Michael Nylander (NYR)

Colorado Avalanche

Got ‘em: core of well-rounded forwards; steady, low-key defense corps

Need ‘em: all-around leaders; physical blueliners

Potential Free Agent Targets: Ryan Smyth (NYI), Chris Drury (BUF), Andy Sutton (ATL), Danny Markov (DET)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Got ‘em: young offensive talent; second-and third-unit defensemen

Need ‘em: playmaking centers; first-unit blueliners, physical forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Mathieu Schneider (DET), Jozef Stumpel (FLA), Adam Mair (BUF), Michael Nylander (NYR)

Dallas Stars

Got ‘em: goaltending; defense

Need ‘em: goal-scorers, goal-scorers and more goal-scorers

Potential Free Agent Targets: Yanic Perreault (TOR), Dainius Zubrus (BUF), Robert Lang (DET), Anson Carter (CAR)

Detroit Red Wings

Got ‘em: skilled, savvy veterans; speedy young forwards

Need ‘em: dependable, top-end point producer; rugged, mid-tier blueliner

Potential Free Agent Targets: Aaron Miller (LA), Ryan Smyth (NYI), Slava Kozlov (ATL), Brent Sopel (VAN)

Edmonton Oilers

Got ‘em: youth; speed

Need ‘em: first-unit defensemen, playmaking forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Brad Stuart (CGY), Scott Gomez (NJ), Scott Hannan (SJ), Michal Handzus (CHI)

Florida Panthers

Got ‘em: breakout-level young talent; all-star goaltending

Need ‘em: veteran scorers, leaders; defense-minded forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Mike Peca (TOR), Jason Blake (NYI), Bryan Smolinski (VAN), Bill Guerin (SJ)

Los Angeles Kings

Got ‘em: Pittsburgh aside, arguably the best collection of young talent in the game

Need ‘em: veteran infusion at forward and defense, as well as in goal

Potential Free Agent Targets: Sheldon Souray (MTL), Chris Drury (BUF), Curtis Joseph (PHX), Eric Lindros (DAL)

Minnesota Wild

Got ‘em: goaltending out the wazoo; balanced mix of forwards

Need ‘em: mobile defenseman; depth at forward and defense

Potential Free Agent Targets: Greg de Vries (ATL), Tom Preissing (OTT), Kyle Calder (DET), Dainius Zubrus (BUF)

Montreal Canadiens

Got ‘em: goaltending depth; skilled forwards

Need ‘em: versatile forwards and defenseman; size

Potential Free Agent Targets: Darryl Sydor (DAL), Ladislav Nagy (DAL), Daniel Briere (BUF), Viktor Kozlov (NYI)

Nashville Predators

Got ‘em: blossoming defense corps; proven scoring punch

Need ‘em: defense-minded veterans; backup goalie

Potential Free Agent Targets: Todd White (MIN), Robert Esche (PHI), Ossi Vaananen (COL), Ed Belfour (FLA)

New Jersey Devils

Got ‘em: quick, defensively-responsible forwards; starting goaltending

Need ‘em: blueline depth; backup goaltending

Potential Free Agent Targets: Cory Sarich (TB), Brian Boucher (CLB), Joe DiPenta (ANA), Sean Burke (LA)

New York Islanders

Got ‘em: goaltending; plugger-style forwards and defensemen

Need ‘em: elite forwards and blueliners

Potential Free Agent Targets: Ryan Smyth (NYI), Mathieu Schneider (DET), Roman Hamrlik (CAL), Petr Sykora (EDM)

New York Rangers

Got ‘em: offensive talent; top-tier goaltending

Need ‘em: physical ‘D'-man; playmaking forwards; leadership

Potential Free Agent Targets: Brendan Shanahan (NYR), Andy Sutton (ATL), Sheldon Souray (MTL), Scott Gomez (NJ)

Ottawa Senators

Got ‘em: the league's best first line and deepest defense corps

Need ‘em: secondary scoring; gritty third-and fourth-line forwards

Potential Free Agent Targets: Mike York (PHI), Michel Ouellet (PIT), Richard Zednik (NYI), Patrik Stefan (DAL)

Philadelphia Flyers

Got ‘em: goaltending; youth

Need ‘em: veteran scorers

Potential Free Agent Targets: Peter Forsberg (NSH), Scott Gomez (NJ), Daniel Briere (BUF), Owen Nolan (PHX)

Phoenix Coyotes

Got ‘em: skilled, mobile defense unit

Need ‘em: goaltending; young, offensive depth

Potential Free Agent Targets: Todd Bertuzzi (DET), Michal Handzus (CHI), Robert Esche (PHI), Jason Blake (NYI)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Got ‘em: superior young talent; grit

Need ‘em: blueline depth; backup goaltending

Potential Free Agent Targets: Aaron Miller (LA), Danny Markov (DET), Kevin Weekes (NYR), Andy Sutton (ATL)

San Jose Sharks

Got ‘em: forward depth; size and speed

Need ‘em: veteran leadership; depth on defense

Potential Free Agent Targets: Sheldon Souray (MTL), Martin Skoula (MIN), Paul Kariya (NSH), Cory Sarich (TB)

St. Louis Blues

Got ‘em: emerging defense corps; above-average forward unit

Need ‘em: forward depth; checking center

Potential Free Agent Targets: Keith Tkachuk (ATL), Wes Walz (MIN), Todd Bertuzzi (DET), Yanic Perreault (TOR)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Got ‘em: offensive first-line forwards; fourth-line pluggers

Need ‘em: second-and third-unit defensemen; second-and third-line forwards; goaltending insurance

Potential Free Agent Targets: Brent Sopel (VAN), Patrick Stefan (DAL), Ed Belfour (FLA), Anson Carter (CAR)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Got ‘em: defensive depth; third-and fourth-line forwards

Need ‘em: secondary scoring; elite-level winger

Potential Free Agent Targets: Ryan Smyth (NYI), Jason Blake (NYI), Michal Handzus (CHI), Michel Ouellet (PIT)

Vancouver Canucks

Got ‘em: starting goaltending; well-balanced blueline

Need ‘em: goal-scorers; backup goalie

Potential Free Agent Targets: Alexei Yashin (NYI), Kevin Weekes (NYR), Paul Kariya (NSH), Dainius Zubrus (BUF)

Washington Capitals

Got ‘em: elite young goal-scorers; steady mid-tier defensemen

Need ‘em: playmaking centers; veteran savvy

Potential Free Agent Targets: Alexei Yashin (NYI), Michael Nylander NYR), Robert Lang (DET), Viktor Kozlov (NYI)

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