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The 15 'Best of the Rest' Unrestricted Free Agents
As of July 3, 2014 :: 10:50am ET

With the NHL Free Agent market in full swing, almost everyone from TFP's Top 30 UFA List has been locked into a new contract in the first 48 hours. We now focus on the 15 'Best of the Rest' unrestricted free agents rumored to be attracting 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.

No. Player

Player Info.

Teams Reportedly Showing Interest Status
1
Steve Ott, C/RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2.95 million | Age: 31

It's unclear if Ott will stay in St. Louis or look to sign closer to his home in Windsor, Ontario.

He's a great piece for a Cup contender's third line, and his energy and leadership qualities are a strong asset for any club.

Free Agent
2
Dustin Penner, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2 million | Age: 31

Penner's big-body presence and solid performance with the Ducks (not so much the Capitals) will have teams calling. He isn't an expensive option, but one who could provide solid depth for a contender in need of extra fire power.

Free Agent
3
Derek Roy, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 31

Derek Roy's season in St. Louis wasn't extraordinary, and will likely result in a pay cut this off-season. He has struggled the past couple of seasons and may need to prove his worth this summer on a one-year deal.

Free Agent
4
David Legwand, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 33

Legwand is no longer a top-six center and will have to take on third-line duties, wherever he ends up.

He'll likely find himself in the $2 million, per year, range, on a contender, but Detroit is out of the picture.

Free Agent
5
Martin Brodeur, G
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 42

The Brodeur Era in New Jersey is over. He'll sign elsewhere this off-season and take on the role of a backup.

His priority is to join a Stanley Cup contender, but he'll let his agent handle the dealings, though he's willing to speak with clubs, personally.

Free Agent
6
Mike Ribeiro, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 30

Ribeiro's troubles off the ice were what led to the Coyotes buying out his contract. While he should be among the Top 30 UFAs, he's currently seeking help for his off-ice issues, and it's unclear what the level of interest is from other clubs around the league. We're sure he'll wind up signing with a new deal in the near future.

Free Agent
7
Michael Del Zotto, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2.55 million | Age: 24

Del Zotto became an unrestricted free agent after the Nashville Predators failed to offer him a qualifying offer. Several teams have shown interest in the 24-year-old who still has plenty of upside, but it will all come down to what type of contract the former first-round pick is willing to take. Might be best to go short-term and prove himself all over again.

Free Agent
8
Lee Stempniak, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2.5 million | Age: 31

There is plenty of interest in Stempniak, a player who provides depth scoring to any club in need of it. As we've seen with the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings over the last four years, if you can roll three solid, productive lines, you've got a great chance at competing for the Stanley Cup.

Free Agent
9
Devin Setoguchi, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 27

Setoguchi's young career has dipped in the last few seasons, but he still boasts offensive upside. At just 27, the former 30-goal scorer has a lot of upside and needs to prove he can get back to that level. Jumping on in a complimentary role is likely in the cards for Setoguchi this off-season.

Free Agent
10
Jamie McBain, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1.8 million | Age: 26

Much like Del Zotto, McBain must rejuvenate his young career and prove he can be a second-pairing defenseman in the NHL.

Even though he's only 26, McBain may have to take a one-year contract and have a bounce-back season before cashing in next summer.

Free Agent
11
Daniel Winnik, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1.8 million | Age: 29

Winnik posted a career-high 24 assists and 30 points with the Ducks last season, and his two-way style should help teams in need to adding quality to their bottom-six.

He's coming off a two-year contract with Anaheim, but might have to take a one-year deal this summer.

Free Agent
12
Michal Handzus, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1 million | Age: 37

Handzus proved his worth in the playoffs with the Blackhawks this past season and wants to give it one more shot at a second Stanley Cup championship.

His legs are far from what they use to be -- he was never fast to begin with -- but playing Handzus on the third or fourth line could benefit some contenders.

Free Agent
13
Tomas Vokoun, G
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2 million | Age: 38

Vokoun plans on playing in the NHL next season and there are a handful of teams interested in giving him a shot. He'll take a one-year contract in a backup role and teams in need of a veteran presence between the pipes to play roughly 25 games will be calling.

Free Agent
14
Dany Heatley, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $7.5 million | Age: 33

Heatley isn't the go-to guy anymore, but he should be motivated enough to pot in 20 next season in a depth role.

Contenders will take a chance on Heater if he's willing to sign a small contract and aim to recharge his career.

Free Agent
15
David Booth, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.25 million | Age: 29

Booth's fortunate he's only 29, or some teams might not give him a second look.

There's no doubt he's faltered of late, and while injuries have played a factor, he needs to rebound next season. He'll likely receive a one-year deal at a serious discount.

Free Agent

 

NOTABLES
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Daniel Alfredsson, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $5.5 million | Age: 41

If Alfredsson comes back, it'll be with Detroit. The Red Wings are still waiting to see if he wants in, otherwise they'll shift their focus elsewhere. That also means Alfredsson will likely retire. Right now, it's all up in the air.

Free Agent

 

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