Centers Scott Gomez, Daniel Briere and Chris Drury are expected to be the most hotly pursued unrestricted free agents when the market opens Sunday at noon. It will be interesting to see which of the three signs first. It could turn out they all end up waiting for one of the others to set the market. Briere turned down $5 million per season from the Sabres, so the bidding is likely to start at at least $6 million.
Although the Islanders are still hoping to re-sign left wing Ryan Smyth, don't be surprised if he ends up back in Canada with Edmonton or Toronto.