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Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of July 2, 2016 :: 1:40pm ET

With the NHL Free Agent market set to open (July 1, 2016 at Noon ET), TFP's Top 30 UFA List has returned. We have outlined the 30 unrestricted free agents we expect to attract the most interest, with information collected from various newspaper, radio and television reports, cyberspace and our own league-wide sources. They are not ranked solely on their skill levels.

This page will be updated frequently, every day, as teams may be added and/or removed based on how everything plays out. The "Teams Reported to have Interest" column will be filled out in the days leading up to June 25, when teams are permitted to speak with pending UFAs. Players cannot officially sign with a new team until noon ET on July 1.

No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
1
Steven Stamkos, C/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $7,500,000 Age:  26
Status:  Re-signed with Tampa Bay

You'd have to imagine if Stamkos wanted to re-sign and the Bolts wanted to re-sign him, it would be done by now, right? Never say never, but we shall see.

Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings Buffalo Sabres Tampa Bay Lightning Vancouver Canucks New York Rangers New York Islanders Florida Panthers Calgary Flames Montreal Canadiens
2
Andrew Ladd, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,400,000 Age:  30
Status:  Signed with NY Islanders

The Blackhawks just can't afford to re-sign Ladd without moving some bodies. He's one of the top forwards available.

New York Rangers Los Angeles Kings Anaheim Ducks Boston Bruins Florida Panthers New York Islanders Ottawa Senators Colorado Avalanche Montreal Canadiens
3
Loui Eriksson, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  30
Status:  Signed with Vancouver

Boston and Eriksson's agent are continuing talks, but all signs point to the Swede testing the waters in July, unless the Bruins step up with more money.

Boston Bruins Los Angeles Kings St. Louis Blues Vancouver Canucks New York Islanders Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Detroit Red Wings Nashville Predators Dallas Stars
4
Milan Lucic, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,000,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Edmonton

The Kings and Lucic's agent do not appear to be close to agreeing to a contract, as term seems to be the major concern.

Vancouver Canucks Anaheim Ducks Edmonton Oilers New York Rangers Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens Dallas Stars
5
Keith Yandle, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,250,000 Age:  29
Status:  Re-signed with Florida

After his rights were traded to Florida, the Panthers' priority is to get him signed. If a deal can't be reached, he'll hit the open market.

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6
David Backes, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  31
Status:  Signed with Boston

Contract talks remain ongoing between the sides, and it sounds like the Blues truly want to get their captain to stay in St. Louis.

St. Louis Blues Buffalo Sabres Detroit Red Wings New York Rangers
7
David Perron, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,812,500 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with St. Louis

The Ducks have had discussions with Perron's agent about a new deal, but so far the two sides don't appear close.

Anaheim Ducks Montreal Canadiens Colorado Avalanche Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Winnipeg Jets Dallas Stars
8
Mikkel Boedker, RW/LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,750,000 Age:  26
Status:  Signed with San Jose

It does not look like the Avs plan on re-signing Boedker, as he's set on cashing in on the open market.

Montreal Canadiens Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Vancouver Canucks Ottawa Senators San Jose Toronto Maple Leafs
9
Eric Staal, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $8,250,000 Age:  31
Status:  Signed with Minnesota

Staal will be hitting the free agent market in July and will certainly have to take a paycut wherever he ends up, but teams still value him highly.

Carolina Hurricanes Buffalo Sabres Detroit Red Wings
10
Dan Hamhuis, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  33
Status:  Signed with Dallas

Hamhuis will be one of the most coveted defensemen in the market. He'll want a long-term contract, as it could be his last in the NHL.

Boston Bruins Dallas Stars Washington Capitals Los Angeles Kings
11
Kyle Okposo, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,800,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Buffalo

Okposo's going to cash in this summer, wherever he ends up. Plenty of teams need extra fire power up front, and Okposo can deliver.

Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings Arizona Coyotes Toronto Maple LeafsCalgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes New York Rangers
12
Alex Goligoski, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,600,000 Age:  30
Status:  Re-signed with Arizona

The Coyotes acquired Goligoski's rights from Dallas and hope to get him signed after a visit to town. If not, he'll hit the market, as many teams hope.

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13
Jiri Hudler, RW/C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Hudler attracted plenty of interest at the trade deadline and should do the same once July hits. He's likely to sign a contract worth around the same $4M he made.

Carolina Hurricanes Minnesota Wild St. Louis Blues Anaheim Ducks New Jersey Devils Winnipeg Jets New York Islanders
14
Frans Nielsen, C/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  31
Status:  Signed with Detroit

Nielsen has impressed a lot of teams out there and he's likely to generate a big raise. It's unclear if that'll come from the Isles, though.

New York Islanders Anaheim Ducks Buffalo Sabres Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg Jets Florida Panthers Vancouver Canucks
15
Shane Doan, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,300,000 Age:  39
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Doan will likely re-sign with the Coyotes this month. There was a slight chance he'd test the waters, but meeting with the club seems to have changed that.

Arizona Coyotes
16
Brian Campbell, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $7,142,875 Age:  36
Status:  Signed with Chicago

Campbell plans on testing the market, and he knows his salary is going to drop, but could he still command something close to $5 million per year?

Chicago Blackhawks Washington Capitals
17
Kris Russell, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,600,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Russell will be highly coveted and his salary could easily double this summer as a number of teams are trying to bolster their blueline.

Dallas Stars Boston Bruins Vancouver Canucks Edmonton Oilers Buffalo Sabres Colorado Avalanche Detroit Red Wings Los Angeles Kings Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens
18
Darren Helm, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,600,000 Age:  28
Status:  Re-signed with Detroit

Helm's salary will climb this summer and plenty of teams will come calling, which could result in him leaving Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings Boston Bruins Calgary Flames San Jose Vancouver Canucks
19
Troy Brouwer, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,666,666 Age:  30
Status:  Signed with Calgary

It sounds like Brouwer will weigh his options next month, as his time in St. Louis might have been short-lived.

St. Louis Blues Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks Boston Bruins Florida Panthers New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
20
Roman Polak, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Many teams had interest in Polak before he was traded to the Sharks, and they'll express that again this summer.

Chicago Blackhawks Los Angeles Kings Toronto Maple Leafs
21
Jason Demers, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,400,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Florida

The Stars seem to be re-shaping their defensive corps, and Demers may be on the outs. He's a reliable blueliner and won't be out of work.

Dallas Stars Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Detroit Red Wings Toronto Maple Leafs Edmonton Oilers Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers New York Rangers
22
Matt Martin, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,000,000 Age:  26
Status:  Signed with Toronto

Martin will be looking for between $3 million and $4 million per season on a new contract, which might not come from Brooklyn.

Edmonton Oilers Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Detroit Red Wings New York Rangers Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens Boston Bruins Los Angeles Kings Anaheim Ducks
23
Dale Weise, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,025,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Philadelphia

Weise likely won't be back in Chicago next season, but a return to Montreal isn't out of the question. He'll have options.

Montreal Canadiens Chicago Blackhawks New Jersey Devils New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers
24
Lee Stempniak, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $850,000 Age:  32
Status:  Signed with Carolina

He bounces around a lot, but after a good year with the Devils and Bruins, he should get a multi-year contract this off-season from a contender.

Carolina Hurricanes
25
Teddy Purcell, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  30
Status:  Signed with Los Angeles

Purcell's salary will likely drop this summer, but the interest in him won't. Teams in need of secondary scoring will come calling.

Carolina Hurricanes Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames
26
Kyle Quincey, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Quincey's salary may not climb, either, but teams value him as a serviceable defenseman and there will be interest.

Colorado Avalanche
27
Jamie McGinn, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,950,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Arizona

McGinn's a big body and teams in need of extra scoring punch will express interest. His salary will hover around what he made this season.

Vancouver Canucks Calgary Flames Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
28
P-A Parenteau, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,500,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Parenteau proved he's definitely worthy of a raise this summer after having one of his best seasons on the NHL's worst team.

Toronto Maple Leafs Anaheim Ducks Chicago Blackhawks Los Angeles Kings New York Islanders
29
Thomas Vanek, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,500,000 Age:  32
Status:  Signed with Detroit

Vanek was bought out of the final year of his deal with the Wild and could sign a short-term deal with a new club to prove himself all over again.

New York Rangers Los Angeles Kings Montreal Canadiens Detroit Red Wings Anaheim Ducks
30
Mike Richards, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,000,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Richards could re-sign with Washington, and the two sides will explore options, but teams in need of quality bottom-six depth will be knocking on his door.

Washington Capitals

 

THE GOALIES
No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
1
James Reimer, G
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,300,000 Age:  27
Status:  Signed with Florida

The goalie market is thin this summer, as far as free agents go, but it's VERY deep from a trade side of things. Reimer's the top UFA goalie, but he's in tough.

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2
Cam Ward, G
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,300,000 Age:  31
Status:  Re-signed with Carolina

Some teams think Ward's still capable of holding the fort as a No.1 goalie, but he's going to have to take a short-term deal at a big cut in pay to prove them right.

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3
Chad Johnson, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,300,000 Age:  29
Status:  Signed with Calgary

Johnson put up some solid numbers with the Sabres this past season and teams looking for a relatively inexpensive, but quality backup will be calling.

Buffalo Sabres

 

NOTABLE MENTIONS
No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
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Sam Gagner, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,800,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Gagner put up decent numbers in Arizona a year ago, but this past season hurt his chances at a long-term deal. But he could ink a 1-year contract this summer.

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Ben Lovejoy, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,100,000 Age:  32
Status:  Signed with New Jersey

Lovejoy was a bargain for the Penguins this season, and he'll look for a solid raise. A team in need of quality depth on the blueline will pursue him.

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Brad Richards, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,000,000 Age:  36
Status:  Available, Free Agent

A contender looking for depth at the center position and a veteran presence in the room could go after Richards and bring him in relatively cheap.

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Luke Schenn, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,600,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Schenn will have to prove himself all over again this summer and could end up signing a one-year deal to be a third-pair defenseman in order to do that.

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David Schlemko, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $625,000 Age:  29
Status:  Signed with San Jose

Schlemko attracted a lot of interest at the trade deadline, and he'll do the same this summer, as teams in need of defensive depth will be calling.

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Radim Vrbata, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,000,000 Age:  34
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Vrbata's game has taken a significant hit and that might cost him in free agency. He may be a team's Plan D by the end of the day.

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Kris Versteeg, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,400,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

There's still a lot of quality value that Versteeg brings to the table and a club in need of third-line scoring depth will have interest in the 30-year-old.

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