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As expected, July 1 came and brought with it a wave of seemingly nonstop player movement. Actually, before free agency opened, Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning and we had the blockbuster P.K. Subban-Shea Weber and Taylor Hall-Adam Larsson trades -- then the signings reshaped the landscape. Then everyone basically went on vacation and the offseason newsfeed slowed to a lazy stroll.But not all big signings are made on July 1. Just ask the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Two of their biggest additions last summer were depth forwards Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen, who were signed July 28 and Aug. 6, respectively.[July 1 is] the time you look at your needs and you try to go after free agents who really can help your team, said former Los Angeles Kings general manager Rogie Vachon, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 14. But sometimes it doesnt work. Sometimes youre looking for one guy and all of a sudden hes gone and you have to wait until the end of July or even September and training camp ... whenever you can get the players youre really looking for. It doesnt matter what the date is.Heres the short list of players still waiting for the phone to ring who could potentially have a real impact.Sam Gagner, C: The 2007 No. 6 pick hit rock bottom with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. After establishing career lows in goals and points while struggling through a stint in the American Hockey League, Gagner is essentially starting over. Its hard to believe but hes still only 26 and isnt far removed from a 41-point output in 2014-15 with the Arizona Coyotes. So what does a team in search of depth down the middle really have to lose? The numbers dont bear it out, but Gagner did have his moments with the Flyers last season. He made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut, setting up Ryan Whites winner in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, and enjoyed a run following the All-Star Game in which he collected five goals and nine points in 18 games.James Wisniewski, D: The veteran will definitely be taking a pay cut from the six-year, $33 million deal he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011. The Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final year of his contract in June, but at only 32 years old Wisniewski should have something left to offer a team in search of veteran power-play help. A torn left ACL mere seconds into his Hurricanes debut limited Wisniewski to a single game last season. But in 2014-15 split between the Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks, he scored seven power-play goals. The season prior, he ranked ninth in the NHL with 29 power-play points. Considering the importance of special teams, someone could come calling soon enough.Jiri Hudler, RW: Who ranked ninth in NHL scoring in 2014-15? If youre a general manager who correctly answered Jiri Hudler, you might want to consider taking a chance on the Czech forward. Hudler had a dip in production between the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season and failed to contribute in six playoff games with the Panthers. Hudler should provide scoring depth at a nice discount. His point production with the Flames in 2014-15 certainly turned some heads, but Hudlers greatest contribution that year might have been his work grooming young prospects Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, who now make up the Flames core. Hudler shouldnt be labeled a playoff underperformer because of his stint in Florida. He scored eight points in 11 playoff games with the Flames in 2015 and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, scoring the winning goal against the Penguins in Game 4 of the Cup finals.Kris Versteeg, RW: Few players offer the big-game experience of this well-traveled winger, who has skated for six different teams in his nine NHL seasons, including two separate stints with the Chicago Blackhawks. Of course, Versteeg completed each of those Chicago tenures by hoisting the Stanley Cup. Even before the deadline deal that sent him to the Los Angeles Kings last season, Versteeg was a helpful mentor on a Hurricanes club teeming with young talent. Versteeg wont be expected to match the 54-point production he showed with the Florida Panthers in 2011-12. And despite joining a talented Kings team eyeing a playoff run, Versteeg never really found chemistry on any one forward line. But his big-game experience could become more attractive as free agency rolls on.Brad Richards, C: Has any remaining free agent done more than Richards? The two-time Stanley Cup champion has played in a whopping 83 playoff games -- and thats just in the past five seasons. Richards statistical disappointment in his lone season with the Wings marked the sixth straight year in which his point-per-game output has dropped. Thats an indisputable decline for a dynamic forward once considered among the NHLs best. But he also provided a much-needed calming veteran presence on a young team transitioning from legendary coach Mike Babcock to his understudy and replacement, Jeff Blashill. No one will be looking to Richards to provide an offensive boost but there isnt a free agent available with more big-game experience. At age 36, hes made it as far as the conference finals five times with four teams. Thats exactly the kind of playoff experience many teams covet.Luke Schenn, D: Teams in search of depth on their blue line could be eyeing the 2008 fifth-overall pick. After struggling with expectations early in his career, the physical defenseman has established himself over the past few seasons. There shouldnt be any more misconceptions about exactly what he provides: a physical presence with limited versatility and no offensive upside. Still, what he does bring could make him a good fit in the right place. That might have been most apparent after Schenn was traded, along with Vincent Lecavalier, to the Kings on Jan. 6. While much of the attention surrounding the deal was on the veteran Lecavalier, Schenn brought his lunchbox with him from Philadelphia, contributing depth and consistency to a Kings defense that desperately needed it. His work on the penalty kill was especially helpful. Air Max 270 Mens White . 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LOS ANGELES -- Freshman Sam Darnold will be Southern Californias starting quarterback on Friday night at Utah, replacing Max Browne after just three games.Coach Clay Helton made the announcement Monday after practice for USC (1-2).Browne is 55 of 87 for 474 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions in his first three games as the starter for the Trojans, who are coming off a 27-10 loss at Stanford.The redshirt junior waited three years behind Cody Kessler before beating out Darnold for the starting job in training camp this summer, a decision Helton said he does not regret.But Helton wants to see a spark after scoring only one touchdown in losses to Alabama and Stanford. The Trojans are in their worst scoring drought against Power 5 opposition since being held to two offensive touchdowns in losses to California and Arizona State in 1999.I hope Sam can bring that, Helton said. Im confident in it after watching three games of watching him perform, seeing him in the arena and seeing what he can do.Helton said he first considered making a change on the flight back home from the Bay Area and spent Sunday reviewing game film. Helton told Browne and Darnold of the move Sunday night and informed the team Monday morning.He is not the reason we are 1-2. He is not the scapegoat here, Helton said of Browne. The way he has competed and performed was more than honorable.Darnold has played occasionally this season, going 14 for 22 for 136 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. 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