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Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of June 16, 2016 :: 5:14pm 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:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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2
Andrew Ladd, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,400,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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3
Loui Eriksson, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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4
Milan Lucic, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,000,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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5
Keith Yandle, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,250,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Free Agent

It doesn't look like the Rangers can afford to keep Yandle without making a few major roster moves. All signs point to him exploring the market.

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6
David Backes, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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7
David Perron, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,812,500 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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8
Mikkel Boedker, RW/LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,750,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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9
Eric Staal, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $8,250,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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10
Dan Hamhuis, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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11
Kyle Okposo, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,800,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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12
Alex Goligoski, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,600,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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14
Frans Nielsen, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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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.

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16
Brian Campbell, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $7,142,875 Age:  36
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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?

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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.

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18
Darren Helm, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,600,000 Age:  28
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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19
Troy Brouwer, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,666,666 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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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.

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21
Jason Demers, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,400,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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22
Lee Stempniak, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $850,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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23
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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24
Teddy Purcell, LW/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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25
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.

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26
Jamie McGinn, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,950,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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27
Dale Weise, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,025,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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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.

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29
Matt Martin, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,000,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Free Agent

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

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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.

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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:  Available, Free Agent

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:  Available, Free Agent

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.

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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:  Available, Free Agent

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:  Available, Free Agent

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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Scottie Upshall, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $700,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Free Agent

Upshall had to bite the bullet last season, but a solid year in St. Louis should get him a raise and a new home in the NHL next season.

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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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