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Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of July 2, 2015 :: 3:05pm ET

With the NHL Free Agent market set to open (July 1, 2015 at Noon ET), 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, every day, as teams may be added and/or removed based on how everything plays out.

No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
1
Mike Green, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,083,333 Age:  29
Status:   Signed with Detroit - 3-years, $18M 

The top free agent of this summer's class, Green's $6M salary cap hit will likely be the figure he ends up with on a deal with, what looks like, a new team.

 
2
Matt Beleskey, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,350,000 Age:  27
Status:   Signed with Boston - 5-years, $19M 

Beleskey is expected to test the free agent market in July, and given the limited marketplace, his goal-scoring touch makes him a hot target for many teams.

3
Cody Franson, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,300,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Franson will be one of the most pursued free agents out there, as teams looking for a solid right-shooting blueliner will pay up for his services.

4
Andrej Sekera, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  29
Status:   Signed with Edmonton - 6-years, $33M 

The Kings and Sekera are negotiating a new contract, and while there's a good change he'll re-sign in L.A., if he hits the open market, he'll be highly coveted.

5
Justin Williams, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,650,000 Age:  33
Status:   Signed with Washington - 2-years, $6.5M 

Unless Williams takes a "hometown" discount, he won't be back with the Kings next season. He has lots of hockey left and adds solid depth to any second line.

6
Antoine Vermette, C/LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,750,000 Age:  32
Status:   Signed with Arizona - 2-years, $7.5M 

It doesn't look like the Blackhawks will have the cap space to keep Vermette, making him among the top free agents on the open market.

7
Joel Ward, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,000,000 Age:  34
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Ward would like to re-sign with the Capitals, but is open to testing the waters if a deal can't be reached by July 1.

8
Paul Martin, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,000,000 Age:  34
Status:   Signed with San Jose - 4-years, $19.4M 

Martin's priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. His salary likely won't drop much, if at all, and many clubs will be calling.

9
Michael Frolik, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,300,000 Age:  27
Status:   Signed with Calgary - 5-years, $21.5M 

Frolik's quickly become one of the top, but most underrated, two-way forwards in the NHL. He wants a deal worth more than $4 million per year.

 
10
Mike Ribeiro, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,050,000 Age:  35
Status:   Re-signed with Nashville - 2-years, $7M 

Ribeiro wants to stay in Nashville, but wants a two- or three-year contract commitment from the Preds. Talks appear to be moving towards a new deal.

11
Alexander Semin, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $7,000,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

After being bought out by the Hurricanes, Semin becomes an unrestricted free agent, and a player a number of teams are willing to take a chance on.

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12
Drew Stafford, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  29
Status:   Re-signed with Winnipeg - 2-years, $8.7M 

Stafford and the Jets are going back-and-forth in negotiations. If he doesn't re-up with Winnipeg, a number of teams in need of extra fire power will call.

13
Chris Stewart, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,150,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Stewart won't re-sign in Minnesota, which is good news for teams in need of a power forward this off-season.

14
Jiri Tlusty, LW/RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,950,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Tlusty's salary will climb this off-season, but he isn't likely to re-sign with Winnipeg. He's a solid second or third line option for a team seeking offensive depth.

15
Christian Ehrhoff, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Pittsburgh isn't going to re-sign Ehrhoff, according to reports, making him available for playoff contenders. He'll want a multi-year contract this summer.

16
Brad Richards, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,000,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Detroit - 1-year, $3M 

There's a chance Chicago re-signs Richards if his annual salary stays below $3 million. If that doesn't happen, look for Richards to join another contender.

17
Francois Beauchemin, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,500,000 Age:  35
Status:   Signed with Colorado - 3-years, $13.5M 

Anaheim is debating whether or not to re-sign Beauchemin, but all signs point to him testing the waters July 1. Contenders will be calling.

18
Mike Santorelli, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,500,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Santorelli caught the attention of many teams with Toronto this season, but the Predators won't re-sign him. He's a valuable third-line center for a contender.

19
Johnny Oduya, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,375,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Free Agent

With a tight salary cap, Oduya isn't likely to re-sign with the Blackhawks. He'll likely command around the same salary he made this past season.

20
Daniel Winnik, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,300,000 Age:  30
Status:   Signed with Toronto - 2-years, $4.5M 

Teams in need of a solid two-way forward for their third line will pick up the phone and reach out to Winnik's agent.

21
Zbynek Michalek, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  32
Status:   Signed with Arizona - 2-years, $6.4M 

Michalek won't be back in St. Louis next season. He'll be looking for a multi-year deal worth around the same $4M he earned this season.

22
Erik Cole, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  36
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Cole has some hockey left in him, though he's not going to re-sign with the Red Wings. For contenders looking for depth scoring, Cole's up for grabs.

23
Jarret Stoll, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,250,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

The Kings won't be re-signing Stoll, leaving him up to join a new club this summer. He had a rough season, but remains a solid addition to a team's bottom-six.

24
Scottie Upshall, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,500,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Florida informed Upshall that he won't be offered a new contract. He'll attract much interest from teams looking for defensive depth up front.

 
25
Barret Jackman, D
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,166,667 Age:  34
Status:   Signed with Nashville - 2-years, $4M 

Jackman's about to begin the next chapter of his career with a new team. Contenders looking for a physical veteran on the backend will come calling.

26
Derek Roy, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,000,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Roy managed to get Nail Yakupov going, but the Oilers may move on with their upcoming depth at center.

27
Curtis Glencross, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,550,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Glencross attracted plenty of interest at the trade deadline this past season and should generate interest this July.

28
Tomas Fleischmann, LW/RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Fleischmann's salary will likely drop this off-season, as he looks for a multi-year contract from a Stanley Cup contender.

29
Sean Bergenheim, RW/LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Another solid two-way forward on the open market, Bergenheim will have plenty of options to choose from this summer.

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30
Martin St. Louis, RW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,625,000 Age:  40
Status:   RETIRED 

St. Louis isn't going back to New York and while he'll contemplate retirement, Cup contenders will try to convince him to stick around for at least 1 more year.

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NOTABLE MENTIONS
No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
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Brad Boyes, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Boyes' shootout abilities are a strength, and teams are still willing to give him an opportunity at a smaller contract.

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P.A. Parenteau, LW
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  32
Status:   Signed with Toronto - 1-year, $1.5M 

Montreal wanted a change and more cap space, so they bought out Parenteau, who has also attracted plenty of interest.

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Stephen Weiss, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,900,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

The Weiss experience just never worked out well for the Red Wings. Injuries and poor play led to Detroit buying him out, but he'll attract interest elsewhere.

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Cody Hodgson, C
2014-15 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  25
Status:   Signed with Nashville - 1-year, $1.05M 

The Sabres loaded up at the center position by drafting Jack Eichel and acquiring Ryan O'Reilly, which meant the end of Hodgson's tenure in Buffalo.

 

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