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Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of August 10, 2014 :: 4:52pm ET

With the NHL Free Agent market set to open (July 1, 2014 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.

Also check out: The 15 'Best of the Rest' UFAs List

No. Player

Player Info.

Teams Reportedly Showing Interest Status
1
Thomas Vanek, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $7.142 million | Age: 30

With roughly 10 teams on his radar, Vanek has plenty of options heading into free agency.

Despite reports suggesting otherwise, for the longest time, Vanek is not 100% set on signing with Minnesota and will consider all of his options. The Wild do not want a long-term deal, and Vanek does.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH MINNESOTA
2
Paul Stastny, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6.6 million | Age: 28

Colorado hopes to re-sign Stastny, but it looks as though he'll hit the open market with plenty of interest. Several teams want a first or second line center and Stastny has the talent to play on either line. He likely won't take much of a pay cut, if at all, on the open market, either.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
ST. LOUIS
3
Matt Moulson, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3.133 million | Age: 30

Moulson's one of the top scorers available this summer and a number of teams need scoring. He's comfortable being the go-to guy, or a complimentary piece on a Stanley Cup contender. Having watched his brother-in-law, Jonathan Quick, win two Cups in the last three years, you can be sure Moulson wants his chance at the title.

  AGREES TO DEAL WITH BUFFALO
4
Matt Niskanen, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2.3 million | Age: 27

Niskanen broke out of his shell this season, and that usually means a player will cash in quite nicely through free agency.

It doesn't sound like the Penguins will be re-signing him, and with limited options available on the line for a number of teams, Niskanen will be very popular.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH WASHINGTON
5
Mike Cammalleri, C/LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6 million | Age: 32

Cammalleri hasn't ruled out re-signing in Calgary, but all signs point to him playing elsewhere next season.

Only 32, and with plenty of hockey left in him, Cammalleri may want to continue his career with a Cup contender.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH NEW JERSEY
6
Ryan Miller, G
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6.25 million | Age: 33

There is a large amount of interest in Miller, which may come off as a surprise, considering how many teams are believed to be "set" between the pipes.

Miller won't be out of a job for long, though if he wants to stay close to the West Coast, his options are limited.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH VANCOUVER
7
Milan Michalek, LW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.333 million | Age: 29

It's sounding less and less likely the Senators will re-sign Michalek, who can probably sign for more sign for more money elsewhere.

Michalek will be the first to admit his season wasn't spectacular, but his eye for the net will attract plenty of interest.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH OTTAWA
8
Christian Ehrhoff, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 31

The Sabres didn't want to risk trading Ehrhoff, at lower value, and potentially get hammered by cap penalties if he retired early, so they bought him out... much to the delight of several teams. He won't be out of a job long, and should find a new home on the first day of free agency. Though he's looking for a 5-year deal, and that's scared off some teams.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH PITTSBURGH
9
Ales Hemsky, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $5 million | Age: 30

Hemsky isn't returning to Ottawa, that much is certain.

He's a great complimentary piece to any Cup contender and his playmaking abilities and pass-first attitude will fit nicely on several teams boasting pure goal-scorers.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH DALLAS
10
Martin Havlat, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $5 million | Age: 33

Havlat's season was one he'd like to forget, especially after his minutes were significantly cut by the Sharks.

He still possesses great hands and an eye for the net and will receive plenty of interest as soon as the free agent doors wing open.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
NEW JERSEY
11
Jarome Iginla, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6 million | Age: 36

Iginla is looking for a two-year contract and isn't 100% set on returning to Boston. He would take a one-year deal, for more money, to re-sign with the Bruins, and while the two sides keep talking, other teams are knocking on the door.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH COLORADO
12
Dave Bolland, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3.375 million | Age: 28

The Maple Leafs want him back, that part is clear. Unfortunately for Toronto, Bolland's asking price is just too high, right now, for their liking.

Bolland wants a long-term deal, in the seven-year range, and more than $5.5 million per season.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH FLORIDA
13
Anton Stralman, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1.7 million | Age: 27

Stralman will cash in nicely this summer, but he wants security. If a deal is willing to give him more term at a slightly smaller rate, if he likes the environment, there's a good chance he'll sign.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH TAMPA BAY
14
Dan Boyle, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6.667 million | Age: 37

Boyle's definitely heading for a pay cut, but he is still a valuable asset for a Stanley Cup contender.

He may have lost a step or two, but he can work the powerplay and the point, and for a team looking for quality depth, Boyle will fit in nicely. He wants a two-year deal, and someone will give it to him.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
NY RANGERS
15
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.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
ST. LOUIS
16
Kyle Quincey, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3.775 million | Age: 28

With few quality defensemen available in the free agency market, Quincey finds himself in a very opportunistic position.

He'll likely see his salary increase a tad on the open market, and while he'd like to go to a contender, he'll weigh out all of his options.

  AGREES TO DEAL WITH DETROIT
17
Radim Vrbata, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 33

Roughly eight teams are currently in on Vrbata, including the Coyotes.

It's unclear if Vrbata is willing to leave Arizona, but he wants a raise and a long-term deal in the five-year range after putting up 51 points last season.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH VANCOUVER
18
Brooks Orpik, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3.75 million | Age: 33

For clubs in need of a strong veteran presence on their backend, Orpik is the guy. He isn't looking for a huge contract, but a multi-year deal worth around the same salary he pulled in this season in Pittsburgh seems realistic for Orpik, at this point of his career.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH WASHINGTON
19
Brad Richards, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $6.667 million | Age: 34

Don't count Richards' career out just yet.

He is a great addition to any team's powerplay and will likely command third-line minutes, though he could end up on a team's second unit.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH CHICAGO
20
Olli Jokinen, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 35

Jokinen still has plenty of hockey left in him. He's looking for a two-year deal and can still play a strong role on a team's second line. He's unlikely to re-sign in Winnipeg, and will field plenty of offers on the open market.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH NASHVILLE
21
Brian Gionta, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $5 million | Age: 35

Montreal would like to have their captain back next season, but it appears the two sides haven't been able to hammer out a deal in time.

Gionta has expressed interest in staying in Montreal, but with the Habs in need of a top-six scorer and having limited cap space, Gionta may be on the outs.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH BUFFALO
22
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 be a solid addition to any contender. He isn't an expensive option, but one who could provide solid depth for a top team in need of extra fire power.


Free Agent
23
Mason Raymond, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1 million | Age: 28

Raymond proved his worth in Toronto under a small, $1 million contract. Now, he's ready to cash in on a multi-year agreement with the Leafs or another club.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH CALGARY
24
Nikolai Kulemin, LW/RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $2.8 million | Age: 27

The Maple Leafs won't bring back Kulemin, as the young UFA is ready to turn the chapter and expand his career with another club.

Pittsburgh has been a long-rumored destination, due to Kulemin's personal relationship with Evgeni Malkin, though other teams will show interest.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
NY ISLANDERS
25
Brian Boyle, RW
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1.7 million | Age: 29

Boyle wants more minutes and an expanded role on a new team, and should get it.

As much as he enjoyed his time with the Rangers, his time was limited and he wants a greater opportunity elsewhere.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH TAMPA BAY
26
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.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH NASHVILLE
27
Jonas Hiller, G
2013-14 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 32

There will be a number of teams interested in Hiller, who will be moving on from Anaheim.

It appears as though Hiller may be the consolation prize to teams in the mix for Ryan Miller, but if they've got the cash to pay one, they'll have it to pay the other.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH CALGARY
28
Tom Gilbert, D
2013-14 Cap Hit: $900,000 | Age: 31

Gilbert proved he can be a solid complimentary addition to a team's blueline after having a solid season with the Florida Panthers.

He won't command a significantly high salary, but is due for a raise.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH MONTREAL
29
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.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH OTTAWA
30
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

 

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
-
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.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH PHILADELPHIA
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Mikhail Grabovski, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 30

Grabovski's attitude is always a concern for teams, but his skill level is one some clubs appear willing to take a chance on.

The KHL is always an option for Grabovski, though his priority is to remain in the NHL.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH
NY ISLANDERS
-
Mathieu Perreault, C
2013-14 Cap Hit: $1.05 million | Age: 26

It came off a little surprising, when the Ducks failed to presented Perreault with a qualifying offer, but their latest acquisition of Ryan Kesler left the team with limited space up the middle. The Ducks could look to bring him back on a smaller deal, though he's likely to sign elsewhere this July.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH WINNIPEG
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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.

AGREES TO DEAL WITH NASHVILLE

 

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