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Looking at the free agent class of 2016

Canadiens will look to the market to try and solve ongoing scoring issues

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The annual free agent frenzy begins tomorrow as the market for players opens on Friday at noon.

The Montreal Canadiens will try to solve their scoring woes and also stock up on depth players to bolster their ranks. Given Marc Bergevin's recent seismic activities and a cap space of around $9.8 M (minus new contracts for Daniel Carr and Phillip Danault), he will have more than enough space to entice a big name free agent or two.

There is of course also the ongoing potential that the team will rid themselves of David Desharnais and/or Alexei Emelin, who, combined, take up $7.1 M on the cap, bringing further change to the roster in what can be the biggest shakeup since the summer of 2009, when Bob Gainey traded for Scott Gomez and signed Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Paul Mara, Travis Moen, and Hal Gill, completely changing the team.

One big name already off the board is Steven Stamkos, who earlier in the week re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending all speculation about his potential arrival in Montreal, but several other names have been associated with the Canadiens in recent weeks, including Milan Lucic and David Perron.

Here is a look at the most interesting free agents on the market:

Player Age Pos GP G A CF% 2015 AAV
Eric Staal 31 C 83 13 26 55.5 $8,250,000.00
Thomas Vanek 32 LW 74 18 23 47.4 $6,500,000.00
Milan Lucic 28 LW 81 20 35 59 $6,000,000.00
Radim Vrbata 35 RW 63 13 14 47.9 $5,000,000.00
Sam Gagner 26 C 53 8 8 51.3 $4,800,000.00
R.J. Umberger 34 C 39 2 9 45.8 $4,600,000.00
David Backes 32 C 79 21 24 51.1 $4,500,000.00
Teddy Purcell 30 RW 76 14 29 51.2 $4,500,000.00
Andrew Ladd 30 LW 78 25 21 51.4 $4,400,000.00
Loui Eriksson 30 RW 82 30 33 52 $4,250,000.00
David Perron 28 LW 71 12 24 52.6 $3,812,500.00
Jiri Hudler 32 C 72 16 30 50.3 $4,000,000.00
Troy Brouwer 30 RW 82 18 21 48.7 $3,666,666.00
Kyle Okposo 28 RW 79 22 42 50.6 $2,800,000.00