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TOP 30 UFAs
As of July 3, 2017 :: 1:50pm ET

With the NHL Free Agent market set to open (July 1, 2017 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.

This page will be updated frequently as teams may be added and/or removed based on how contract talks play out. The "Teams Reported to have Interest" column will be filled out in the days leading up to June 25, after the expansion draft, 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. Potential Suitors
1
Alexander Radulov, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,750,000 Age:  30
Status:   Signed with Dallas 

The Habs want to keep Radulov and the feeling is mutual. It all comes down to what type of contract they can agree on. So far, Radulov wants big money.

2
Kevin Shattenkirk, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  28
Status:   Signed with NY Rangers 

The Caps would like to hold on to Shattenkirk, but he'll test the waters and sign a big contract with a club presumably in the East.

3
Joe Thornton, C
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,750,000 Age:  37
Status:   Signed with San Jose 

Thornton, in his perfect world, will sign a three-year deal somewhere. He'd like to stay in San Jose, but the Sharks only appear interested in a one-year contract.

4
Martin Hanzal, C/RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,100,000 Age:  30
Status:   Signed with Dallas 

Hanzal's salary will increase this off-season and a number of teams will be lining up to try and sign him. Could be even return to Arizona?

5
Patrick Marleau, LW/C
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,666,667 Age:  37
Status:   Signed with Toronto 

Marleau's time in San Jose may be over, and if that's the case, he'll look to sign a multi-year deal on a Stanley Cup contender.

6
Karl Alzner, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,800,000 Age:  28
Status:   Signed with Montreal 

Alzner will be highly coveted, there is no doubt. His time in Washington appears to be over, and he seems to be ready to move on to his next challenge.

7
Brendan Smith, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  28
Status:   Signed with NY Rangers 

The Rangers are working on re-signing Smith, but he's open to signing elsewhere. Teams are calling and there's plenty of interest.

8
Nick Bonino, C
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,900,000 Age:  29
Status:   Signed with Nashville 

Bonino has an opportunity to play more minutes elsewhere and land a 2C position. Whether he wants to leave Pittsburgh or not remains to be seen.

9
Thomas Vanek, LW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,600,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Vanek performed very well in Detroit and could look to sign back there, but teams in need of scoring depth will come calling.

10
Andrei Markov, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,750,000 Age:  38
Status:  Available, Free Agent

It's hard to imagine Markov playing anywhere but Montreal, and if the Canadiens have their way, they'll lock him up and keep that trend going.

11
Jaromir Jagr, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  45
Status:  Available, Free Agent

The Panthers have told Jagr they are going in a different direction, so he'll be up on the open market.

12
Chris Kunitz, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,850,000 Age:  37
Status:   Signed with Tampa Bay 

Kunitz could re-up with Pittsburgh, they have cap space, but if he wants a decent raise, he'll likely have to look elsewhere. There's a lot of interest.

13
Brian Boyle, C/LW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,000,000 Age:  32
Status:   Signed with New Jersey 

Boyle brings a lot of value to the table and several Cup contenders will be knocking on his door.

14
Justin Williams, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,250,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Carolina 

He's a clutch performer and Williams will have plenty of options this off-season. A return to Washington, though, seems unlikely.

15
Michael Del Zotto, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,875,000 Age:  26
Status:   Signed with Vancouver 

Del Zotto's time in Philly is up and it's on to the next chapter. There is plenty of interest in him, thus far, as he continues to mature as a hockey player.

16
Dan Girardi, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,500,000 Age:  33
Status:   Signed with Tampa Bay 

Bought out by the Rangers, Girardi won't have much trouble finding a new home, though it'll come at a slash in salary.

17
Scott Hartnell, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,750,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Nashville 

Hartnell was a casualty of the salary cap, being bought out by Columbus, but another team will certainly want to scoop him up at a lower price tag.

18
Ryan Miller, G
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,000,000 Age:  36
Status:   Signed with Anaheim 

All signs point to Miller re-signing with the Canucks, but that hasn't happened yet, so we'll keep him up on the board for the time being.

19
Sam Gagner, LW/C
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $650,000 Age:  27
Status:   Signed with Vancouver 

Gagner's going to see his salary jump back up to where it use to be, but that might not be with Columbus.

20
Michael Stone, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  27
Status:   Signed with Calgary 

Given the limited D market in this year's free agent class, Stone should cash in on a solid contract.

21
Trevor Daley, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,300,000 Age:  33
Status:   Signed with Detroit 

Coming off a big contract, Daley and his Cup rings will be a strong asset for contenders looking to add quality depth to their blueline.

22
Radim Vrbata, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,000,000 Age:  36
Status:   Signed with Florida 

He's proved he can still put up numbers, and Cup contenders in need of scoring depth will be calling Vrbata.

23
Steve Mason, G
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,100,000 Age:  29
Status:   Signed with Winnipeg 

Mason's time in Philadelphia appears to be over and he'll move on with a few options ahead of him.

24
Patrick Sharp, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,800,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Chicago 

Sharp is eager to resume playing and a return to Dallas isn't ruled out. But he'll receive plenty of interest, providing he's healthy.

25
Brian Elliott, G
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,500,000 Age:  32
Status:   Signed with Philadelphia 

He won't be back in Calgary, but Elliott will have teams calling. Whether he gets a full No.1 position or split duties remains to be seen.

26
Dmitry Kulikov, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,333,333 Age:  26
Status:   Signed with Winnipeg 

Kulikov had an off-year and teams are willing to take a chance and hope he regains form.

27
Mike Cammalleri, LW/C
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,000,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Los Angeles 

The Devils bought out Cammalleri's contract and teams in need of secondary scoring at an affordable rate should come calling.

28
Kris Versteeg, RW/LW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $950,000 Age:  31
Status:   Signed with Calgary 

Teams in need of scoring depth from a player with Stanley Cup experience will be picking up the phone and calling Versteeg's camp.

29
Shane Doan, RW
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,876,134 Age:  40
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Doan has to decide if he wants to play elsewhere next season. He won't be back in Arizona, as a player, but options are available for him to play close to home.

30
Cody Franson, D
2016-17 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,325,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Free Agent

It doesn't look like Buffalo will try to re-sign Franson, but he'll have options available to him this free agent period.

 

 

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