Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of July 6, 2012 :: 6:16pm ET
With the NHL Free Agent market quickly
approaching (July 5, 2013), TFP's Top 30 UFA List has returned. We have outlined the 30
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, as teams may be added and/or
removed based on how everything plays out.
With the buyout period running until 5pm ET on July 4,
this page will be adjusted to accommodate any players
bought out that might fit into our Top 30 UFA List.
Teams Reportedly Showing Interest
Vincent Lecavalier, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $7.727 million | Age: 33
We never thought we'd see Lecavalier in a Top UFA
List, but thanks to the new CBA and compliance
buyouts, here he is.
Lecavalier, since he's been bought out, has already
had conversations with several teams. He can't sign
until July 5, but it looks like 15-20 teams will be
taking a serious run at Lecavalier this summer.
Don't expect to see Weiss back in Florida next season.
He'll be highly coveted once the free agent doors
swing open, and several teams will be looking to add
him to their roster. He's a perfect second-line center
for most contenders, and many will be knocking on his
The Penguins want Dupuis back, playing alongside
Sidney Crosby. But they're going to have to pay up.
The native of Laval, Quebec, is believed to be looking
for an annual salary in between $3 million to $4
million, something he can definitely get on the open
market. The biggest question for Pittsburgh, and most
teams, is the type of term he'll want.
Hainsey won't be back in Winnipeg next season. He's
one of the top defensemen available in this year's
free agent pool, and he'll likely command a similar
north of his $4.5 million salary cap hit.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.875 million | Age: 40
Daniel Alfredsson has informed the Senators that he's
planning on returning for the 2013-14 season, at
least. Now, it's a matter of Ottawa working out a
contract with their captain, but several teams are
also interested, including Boston. Can you imagine
Alfie on any other team?
Iginla's in an interesting spot. He's not going back
to Calgary, and the Penguins might not be able to
afford him. He wants a shot at the Cup, and he'll
limit his choices to top-tier contenders for next
season, and beyond. He's believed to be looking for a
four-to-five year contract.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants to get Brunner locked
up to a long-term extension, but there appears to be
some uncertainty on how much he'll earn moving
forward. The Wings have limited options, but plan on
being very active this summer. Brunner seems to be a
Derek Roy, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 30
There are plenty of teams looking for a second line
center, and Roy should receive a lot of interest. The
Ducks, Blackhawks, Flames, Panthers, Senators and
Coyotes could all use help up the middle. He wants a
multi-year deal, and he'll likely get at least $4
million per year on a new contract.
Jagr might not be back in Boston next season, but he'll
likely end up on another contender... providing
they're willing to pay for him.
He'll likely command around $4 million, but teams have
taken notice about his lack of speed. He's still a
magician with the puck, though.
Tyler Bozak, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $1.5 million | Age: 27
The Maple Leafs want to keep Tyler Bozak, but not if
it's going to cost them $5 million a season. That's
the price tag Bozak is believed to be looking for,
which points to him testing the waters as a free
Bozak's a capable second-line center and a great
third-line center, but played first-line minutes in
The Canadiens have already notified Ryder that they
won't be signing him to a new deal. He's a quality
second-liner for a contending team and he'll likely
command a salary in-and-around the same $3.5 million
cap hit he had this season.
The Leafs were unable to trade Grabovski, and as a
result, have placed him on unconditional waivers for
the purposes of buying him out. Once that he clears at
noon ET on July 5, he'll officially become an
unrestricted free agent. Several teams will come
calling, as he could be a cheaper option at center for
clubs in need of someone to man their second line.
Rob Scuderi, D
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.4 million | Age: 34
Scuderi's a very reliable defenseman and the Kings
have been looking for ways to keep him. There are no
guarantees, however, and he could hit the open market.
Several Cup contenders will be all over Scuderi, who
has proven (twice) that he can go the distance.
Penner wants to re-sign with Los Angeles, but it's
unclear if the two sides will be able to iron out a
new deal. Last summer, Penner signed a one-year deal
to stay with the Kings. This time, he's looking for
more term. He's a big body who did well in the
playoffs, and that'll be attractive to a number of
Clarke MacArthur, LW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.25 million | Age: 28
The Leafs aren't expected to re-sign MacArthur. Teams
looking for secondary scoring could use the
28-year-old, who proved to be a solid asset for
The Canucks won't be re-signing Raymond, after trying
to trade him most of the season. The 27-year-old
should command solid interest, as many clubs believe
he can rebound and become a consistent 50-point
Raymond might have to take a pay cut on a shorter-term
deal, though, to prove he can be a secondary threat.
Brad Boyes, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $1 million | Age: 31
It doesn't look like Boyes will be back with the
Islanders next season.
He proved this year that he can solid top-six threat
and will certainly command a solid raise on the open
Ray Emery, G
2012-13 Cap Hit: $1.15 million | Age: 30
Emery has expressed his desire to re-sign with the
Blackhawks, but he might be able to get more money and
a chance at the No. 1 role on a different team.
The Flyers will be knocking on his door, if they don't
acquire another goalie. He'll get a raise, regardless
of where he ends up.
The 33-year-old is slowing down, but he's a big body
that can still contribute.
He won't be back in Winnipeg, but he'll likely command
a multi-year deal worth around $3.5 million to $4
million per season.
Brenden Morrow, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.1 million | Age: 34
Morrow won't be back in Pittsburgh and it's unlikely
he'll go back to Dallas.
He's not the speediest guy out there, but teams
looking for a veteran two-way asset for their third
line should be all over this guy.
Ryan Whitney, D
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 30
Whitney's done with Edmonton, and the feeling seems to
be mutual. Whitney, in a new environment, can do very
well, he's proved that before. Due to the limited
amount of defensemen available in the market, he might
have lucked out on his UFA year.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.08 million | Age:
His concussion problems are a thing of the past, and
his abilities on the powerplay should entice several
teams once teams can start chatting with free agents.
It's unclear what type of contract he'll command, as
teams will still be a little concerned over his
health, but he should be able to rebound quickly.
If Selanne returns for another season, again, he'll
re-sign with Anaheim. He's not yet made up his mind.
Ilya Brygalov, G
2012-13 Cap Hit: $5.667 million | Age: 33
All signs point to Bryzgalov leaving for the KHL next
season. But if he has a change of heart, or mind, and
an NHL team is willing to take a chance on him, he
could stay in North America.
Mike Smith, G
2012-13 Cap Hit:
$2 million | Age: 31
The uncertainty over where the Coyotes will play next
season has left Smith uneasy. If the team stays in
Phoenix, he's likely to re-sign. If they end up
moving, it will depend on where. Either way, a deal
doesn't seem to be on the horizon, and that might
leave the Coyotes uneasy.
There's a 50/50 chance that Cleary re-signs in Detroit
this off-season. He's a valuable veteran for any
contender, and he'll draw his fair share of interest.
It might be time to move on, and that's not
necessarily a bad thing.