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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.

No. Player

Player Info.

Teams Reportedly Showing Interest Status
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.

Nathan Horton, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 28

The Bruins wanted to get Horton locked up to a long-term extension, but Horton has notified the team that he will not re-sign and plans on testing the market.

Horton will be highly sought after once the free agent market opens July 5 and could see his annual salary climb to $6 million.

Valtteri Filppula, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 29

The Red Wings are still hoping to re-sign Filppula, but all signs point to the Finnish forward signing with a new club for more money this July.

Filppula can cash in significantly given the lack of depth in the free agent market and could see his salary climb towards $6 million per year.

Stephen Weiss, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.1 million | Age: 30

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 door.

David Clarkson, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $2.667 million | Age: 29

The Devils' financial troubles might prevent them from being able to offer Clarkson a big contract, something he's poised to get on the open market.

It's believed the Toronto Maple Leafs will make a hard push for Clarkson, but more than 15 other teams will be all over him.

Pascal Dupuis, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $1.5 million | Age: 34

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.

Danny Briere, C/RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $6.5 million | Age: 35

Briere was the first official player to be notified he's being bought out, which has given him a little more time to reflect on his future.

He'll be highly sought after, and he'll likely want a three-to-five year deal, probably his last NHL contract.

Patrik Elias, LW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $6 million | Age: 37

Elias' camp has had numerous conversations with the Devils, but like Clarkson, it's unclear if the team can make a significant offer to keep him.

Between Elias and Clarkson, Elias is the most likeliest to stay, but there are no guarantees.

Ron Hainsey, D
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 32

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.

Free Agent
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?

Jarome Iginla, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $7 million | Age: 35

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.

Mike Ribeiro, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $5 million | Age: 33

Ribeiro wants a long-term deal, likely four years, wherever he ends up.

He hasn't been able to come to terms on a deal with Washington, and chances are he'll test the market once the doors open.

Damien Brunner, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $1.35 million | Age: 27

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 priority.

Free Agent
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.

Jaromir Jagr, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.55 million | Age: 41

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.

Free Agent
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 agent.

Bozak's a capable second-line center and a great third-line center, but played first-line minutes in Toronto.

Andrew Ference, D
2012-13 Cap Hit: $2.25 million | Age: 34

The Bruins would love to keep Ference, but their proximity to the salary cap won't allow them to re-sign him.

Ference is a strong body, a great guy in the room, and someone a contender can count on in just about any setting. He'll find a new home fairly quickly.

Ryane Clowe, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.625 million | Age: 30

Clowe seems to be healthy, but it's unknown if he'll be able to work out a new contract with the Rangers.

In his limited time in New York, Clowe was decent, but he's likely going to be wearing a different jersey come Oct. 1. He wants a long-term deal worth north of $5 million per season.

Michael Ryder, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.5 million | Age: 33

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.

Mikhail Grabovski, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $5.5 million | Age: 29

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.

Free Agent
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.

Dustin Penner, LW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $3.25 million | Age: 30

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 contending teams.

Free Agent
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 Toronto.

Mason Raymond, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $2.275 million | Age: 27

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 player.

Raymond might have to take a pay cut on a shorter-term deal, though, to prove he can be a secondary threat.

Free Agent
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 market.

Free Agent
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.

Nik Antropov, C
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.062 million | Age: 33

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.

Free Agent
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.

Free Agent
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.

Free Agent
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.08 million | Age: 29

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.



Teemu Selanne, RW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $4.5 million | Age: 42

If Selanne returns for another season, again, he'll re-sign with Anaheim. He's not yet made up his mind.

Free Agent
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.

  Free Agent
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.

Bryan Bickell, LW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $541,667 | Age: 27

Bickell wants to stay in Chicago, and the Blackhawks want to keep him. They've had ongoing dialogue for some time, and it looks like the two sides will be able to iron out a deal before July 5.

Daniel Cleary, LW
2012-13 Cap Hit: $2.8 million | Age: 34

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.

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