Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents
As of July 13, 2012 :: 8:20pm ET
With the NHL Free Agent market quickly
approaching (July 1, 2012), TFP's Top 30 UFA List, presented by
Mark's, 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. This page will be
updated frequently, as teams may be added and/or
removed based on how everything plays out.
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Teams Reportedly Showing Interest
Zach Parise, LW
2011-12 Cap Hit: $6 million | Age: 27
There should be some news coming out this week
regarding Parise and the Devils, but all signs point
to the young sniper testing the UFA waters on July 1.
He's the most coveted free agent potentially available
this summer, and he wants to sign with a winner.
At first glance, it looked as if Doan was a lock to
re-sign with the Coyotes. However, given all of the
uncertainty still surrounding team ownership,
speculation is starting to run wild over Doan's future
with the club. If Doan decides to part ways, several
teams will be jumping at the chance to sign him, but
he's not making his decision until July 8, at the
Matt Carle, D
2011-12 Cap Hit: $3.4375 million | Age: 27
Another stud blueliner, Carle wasn't able to sign a
new deal with the Flyers. As a result, they brought in
Luke Schenn from Toronto, presumably spelling the end
of Carle in Philadelphia. Presumably.
No worries, though. He'll find a new home soon enough,
and it'll come with a higher paycheck.
Believe it or not, Brodeur could be fielding offers
from other teams July 1. It seems the financial
struggles and ownership woes in New Jersey might make
it problematic for the Devils to re-sign Brodeur.
If a deal isn't worked out with the Devils, teams like
Tampa Bay and Chicago will come calling.
This time, a trade might not result in Smyth's
departure from Edmonton (sniff). He wants to re-sign
with the Oilers, but GM Steve Tambellini isn't
prepared to pay him what he wants, which is believed
to be around $4M.
You can cross Nashville and Montreal off the list of
teams interested in this young man. But other than
those two clubs, there are others willing to take a
big chance on this quasi-goal-scorer.
Kostitsyn possesses all the tools, he just can't seem
to get them to work on a regular basis.
Kyle Wellwood, C
Cap Hit: $700,000 | Age: 29
A surprise this past season, Wellwood finally woke up
and performed the way many had first envisioned. And
rather than sticking around with the club that
rejuvenated his career, he's going to test the market,
which is within his rights to do so. Teams might be
hesitant, though, to pay him big bucks until he can
perform well on a consistent basis.
Gustavsson might not hit the open market if he comes
to terms on a deal with the Jets, who acquired his
rights from Toronto, but there seems to be some
difficulties after the team re-signed Ondrej Pavelec.
However, if he can't agree to a new contract, a few
teams will be interested in speaking with him July 1.
This one is a mystery. Teams would love to have him,
when he's healthy. But there is a crapload of concern
over his health, having injured his groin, pectoral
muscle, ankle and hand (that we know of) over the last
two seasons, playing in just 41 combined games.
Someone will take a chance on him -- likely a one-year
deal -- and it could pay huge dividends.
SIGNED/AGREED TO TERMS BEFORE JULY 1
Justin Schultz, D
2011-12 Cap Hit: N/A | Age: 21
Considered one of the best defensemen not in the NHL,
Schultz is in a unique position -- he gets to test the
UFA market at just 21 (he'll be 22 on July 6).
The Ducks weren't able to sign him, and their loss
will be some team's gigantic gain.
After a solid All-Star performance this past season,
Wideman should cash in significantly. There are plenty
of teams interested in him,
as he could see his salary climb into the $5 million
range if a team can't land Suter.
Note: Capitals traded Wideman's rights to
Calgary, who signed him to a 5-year contract.