We've heard plenty lately about Brendan Shanahan and Mats Sundin, the two highest-profile unrestricted free agents without a home, and you can find tons of analysis as to where they may head just about anywhere you look.
But there are other, less heralded free agents still out looking for a team and one wonders if they'll simply fade away into oldtimers games and celebrity signings. Here's a runthrough of players available, one month into the 2008-09 season:
Last seen: Bought out by the Bruins this summer after a 30-point season
Current whereabouts: Murray turned 36 on Saturday and has fallen entirely off the radar after a 337-goal, 651-point career. Never quick on his feet, injuries have likely slowed him down too much to catch on elsewhere.
Last seen: Posted 25 points in a third-line role with the Habs last season but laboured in his own end and wasn't re-signed.
Current whereabouts: Smolinski turns 37 at the end of December and is continuing to work out in the hopes that someone shows some interest.
Last seen: Had a solid season in Nashville last year with 20 points in an energy role
Current whereabouts: Gelinas, 38, is skating with the University of Calgary team but hasn't had a lot of interest. He could end up in Europe if he wants to extend his career, which is a shame given he likely still has something to give.
Last seen: Played just nine regular season and seven playoff games last season with the Avalanche due to ongoing foot issues
Current whereabouts: He's still in Colorado, with a hot young college student as his girlfriend, and any return would be with the Avs. Who knows how possible that is.
Last seen: Had 61 games in a minor role with the Wild last season
Current whereabouts: Now 38 and not getting any quicker, Carney nonetheless was on a tryout with the Blackhawks before being cut and his name is still out there for teams looking for blueliners. There could be a Bret Hedican type signing involved here.
Last seen: Potted 22 points with the Islanders and went minus-17 in 54 games
Current whereabouts: Just 31 years old, Berard's career may be over, and it's hard not to believe it has more than a little to do with the devastating eye injury he suffered in 2000. He failed to make the Flyers, despite their decimated blueline, in a tryout this fall, and hasn't surfaced elsewhere.
Last seen: Had a career-killing turn as Ryan Miller's backup in Buffalo last season
Current whereabouts: Still only 33 years old, his name hasn't come up at all despite several goaltending injuries across the league.
Last seen: Faded pretty quickly last season in Chicago, managing only 14 points in 53 games
Current whereabouts: After being the feel-good comeback story with Phoenix two years ago, his name is still out there as a potential signee, but at 37, could also be finished.
Last seen: Was largely ineffective in an 18-game stint with the Senators last season
Current whereabouts: Lapointe turned 35 in September but hasn't received any interest this season.
Last seen: Had only three goals and 13 points in 41 games last season in Edmonton
Current whereabouts: Now 36, his wheels aren't what they used to be, and after turning down a tryout with the Blackhawks, he hasn't received a sniff elsewhere.
Last seen: Played five games in the AHL last year with Lake Erie but was released in late January
Current whereabouts: Friesen, only 32, had a tryout with the Sharks this fall but was cut prior to the start of the season and hasn't caught on elsewhere. He has really struggled postlockout after a pretty solid career up to that point.
Last seen: Was consistently awful in a 39-game stint with the Sharks last season
Current whereabouts: Now 36, Ozolinsh was reportedly offered a contract with the Kings that he turned down, and that likely concludes his NHL career.
Another UFA who didn't find a home was Mike Johnson, who ended up in Germany with the Cologne Sharks, where he surprisingly has just 10 points in 19 games. He's three years removed from a 54-point season in the NHL.
Anyone I missed?