TOP 25 UFAs: 2019

aS OF July 6, 2019 | 8:00pm et

With the NHL free agent market set to open at 12am on July 1, TFP has outlined whom we believed to be the Top 25 Unrestricted Free Agents still available and we'll be listing the teams believed to be connected to these players through various newspapers, radio and television reports, cyberspace and our own league-wide sources.

NOTE: Teams reportedly showing interest will also be added and adjusted as more information becomes available — the “teams believed to have interest” portion will begin to be filled out throughout the last week of June.

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AGE: 27 CAP HIT: $6M

AGE: 27
CAP HIT: $6M

1. Artemi Panarin, LW

SIGNED WITH NY RANGERS, 7-YEARS, $81.5M

Panarin’s keeping his options wide open and even though the Panthers have made it clear that he and Bobrovsky are their Priority A1 & A2, teams like the Rangers and Islanders will be knocking heavily on his door. Panarin will fly to NYC after meeting with the Panthers and it’s possible other teams get face time or at least a phone call with him and his agent.

Teams believed to have interest:

         
 
AGE: 28 CAP HIT: $6M

AGE: 28
CAP HIT: $6M

2. Matt Duchene, C

SIGNED WITH NASHVILLE, 7-YEARS, $56M

Nashville remains the clear-cut front-runner for Duchene, who’s expected to lock into a seven-year contract with the Predators, or any team he joins this summer. A return to Columbus isn’t entirely out of the question, but the sense is the Blue Jackets would need to offer up a very large contract in order to keep him.

Teams believed to have interest:

             
 
AGE: 30 CAP HIT: $7.425M

AGE: 30
CAP HIT: $7.425M

3. Sergei Bobrovsky, G

SIGNED WITH FLORIDA, 7-YEARS, $70M

It might be Florida or bust for Bobrovsky, but don’t count your chickens. Stranger things have happened, but all signs point to Bobrovsky joining the Panthers, who are going all-in.

TEAMS BELIEVED TO HAVE INTEREST:

   
AGE: 28 CAP HIT: $4.05M

AGE: 28
CAP HIT: $4.05M

4. Jake Gardiner, D

Gardiner’s the top UFA defenceman in this year’s crop and his contract will likely hover around $7 million to $8 million per year. He won’t get that in Toronto and a few teams have set their sights on him.

Teams Believed to have interest:

           
 
Age: 34 CAP HIT: $6M

Age: 34
CAP HIT: $6M

5. Joe Pavelski, C/W

SIGNED WITH DALLAS, 3-YEARS, $21M

Pavelski wants to re-sign with the Sharks, but he knows his window is closing and this might be his last opportunity to cash in on a hefty contract. He’ll likely be around the three- year range and if the Sharks budge, they could hold on to him. But other teams have inquired already and he’s being open-minded.

Teams believed to have interest:

         
 
AGE: 29 CAP HIT: $5.5M

AGE: 29
CAP HIT: $5.5M

6. Tyler Myers, D

SIGNED WITH VANCOUVER, 5-YEARS, $30M

Myers is expected to cash in at in between $6.5 million and $7.5 million on a six- or seven-year contract with a new team. He’s unlikely re-signing with Winnipeg and teams like the Vancouver Canucks are hot on his trail.

Teams Believed to have interest:

         
 
Age: 28 CAP HIT: $3.75M

Age: 28
CAP HIT: $3.75M

7. Anders Lee, LW

SIGNED WITH NY ISLANDERS, 7-YEARS, $49M

The Islanders are still holding out hope that they can keep Lee, but a few teams have approached his camp about the possibility of leaving Long Island. A return to the Isles isn’t set in stone, as Lee wants a contract in the $7M AAV range.

Teams Believed to have interest:

             
 
AGE: 31 CAP HIT: $4.5M

AGE: 31
CAP HIT: $4.5M

8. Mats Zuccarello, RW

SIGNED WITH MINNESOTA, 5-YEARS, $30M

It’s unlikely, at this point, Zuccarello will be signing with the Dallas Stars. That could, of course, change as we inch closer to July 1, but it seems like he’ll be taking his game and skating for another team next season.

TEAMS BELIEVED TO HAVE INTEREST:

                     
 
AGE: 29 CAP HIT: $4.75M

AGE: 29
CAP HIT: $4.75M

9. Gustav Nyquist, RW/LW

SIGNED WITH COLUMBUS, 4-YEARS, $22M

A number of teams have already knocked on Nyquist’s door and a return to San Jose might not be in the cards. He attracted a lot of interest ahead of the trade deadline and will be coveted again during the free agency period.

Teams believed to have interest:

               
 
AGE: 27 CAP HIT: $1.8M

AGE: 27
CAP HIT: $1.8M

10. Ryan Dzingel, LW/RW

The Blue Jackets are likely to push hard to re-sign him, but Dzingel’s strong offensive campaign, primarily with the Ottawa Senators, could open him up to a hefty payday with another club. The Jackets have deep pockets, though, so don’t count them out.

Teams believed to have interest:

                     

11. Micheal Ferland, RW/LW

It appears as though a return to Raleigh is not in the cards for Ferland, who has already drawn plenty of interest from multiple teams. He’ll likely command a deal in the five-year range on a team in need of a strong power-forward.


12. Marcus Johansson, C/RW

SIGNED WITH BUFFALO, 2-YEARS, $9M

Johansson upped his value after a very strong playoffs performance and will be highly sought-after this summer. Teams are calling and he’s listening, and he would provide a contender with quality top-nine depth in what he hopes to be another run at the Cup.


13. Anton Stralman, D

SIGNED WITH FLORIDA, 3-YEARS, $16.5M

With a limited amount of defenceman available out there, Stralman may be hitting the open market at the most opportune time. After Myers, Stralman’s the top right-shot blueliner and teams like Toronto will come knocking.


14. Justin Williams, RW

It would be hard to picture Williams not re-join the Hurricanes this off-season. Carolina wants to keep him as he ponders his future.


15. Ben Hutton, D

Since becoming a UFA as a result of the Vancouver Canucks not extending him a qualifying offer, Hutton has generated a lot of interest from multiple teams, including Toronto, Montreal and L.A. It’s unclear what type of deal he’s looking for, but he’s likely to receive a raise from the $2.8M he brought home this season.


16. Derick Brassard, C

Brassard could return to Colorado, but will weigh his options as teams inquire leading up to July 1. He’d like a multi-year deal with a contender.


17. Brett Connolly, RW/LW

SIGNED WITH FLORIDA, 4-YEARS, $13M

After a break-out season with the Capitals, Connolly will look to cash in on a new deal. He’d like to stay in Washington, but it’s unclear if the Caps are willing to spend to keep him.


18. Wayne Simmonds, RW/LW

SIGNED WITH NEW JERSEY, 1-YEAR, $5M

Simmonds had a disappointing end to his season and never really gelled after joining the Predators from Philly. He’s looking for a fresh start somewhere and will be looking for a cap hit raise on a multi-year contract.


19. Corey Perry, RW

SIGNED WITH DALLAS, 1-YEAR, $1.5M

A UFA for the first time, Perry will look at every option presented to him. He could join a Stanley Cup contender in a secondary-scoring role and rejuvenate his career in pursuit of the ultimate prize. A short-term deal is likely.


20. Cam Talbot, G

SIGNED WITH CALGARY, 1-YEAR, $2.75M

Several teams are looking for depth in goal, including Calgary, Chicago, Philadelphia and Buffalo, among others, and Talbot should have a new home fairly easily this off-season.


21. Ryan Hartman, RW

SIGNED WITH MINNESOTA, 2-YEARS, $3.8M

The Stars are hoping to get Hartman signed after acquiring his rights from Philly, but after not being extended a qualifying offer, numerous teams have reached out to his camp and he’s believed to be exploring every opportunity.


22. Joonas Donskoi, RW

SIGNED WITH COLORADO, 4-YEARS, $15.6M

With so many pieces needing to come together in San Jose, Donskoi could find himself on the outside looking in. But he appears to have options and could benefit from more ice time on another team.


23. Patrick Maroon, LW/RW

After the Blues Stanley Cup run, we’re not sure Maroon would want to leave St. Louis and we’re not so sure the team will give up on him.


24. Alex Chiasson, RW

SIGNED WITH EDMONTON, 2-YEARS, $2.15M

Chiasson is in a position to cash in after a solid effort this past season. It’s unclear, at this point, if the Oilers are interested in bringing him back, but there is at least familiarity there. Other teams looking for depth scoring could poke around, though.


25. Semyon Varlamov, G

SIGNED WITH NY ISLANDERS, 4-YEARS, $20M

The goalie market is thin and with so much talk surrounding Bobrovsky and Talbot, Varlamov could find himself in a decent position come July 1 when the doors officially swing open. There are options.