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Sports NHL free agency tracker 2021: Full list of signings, best available players

00:17  29 july  2021
00:17  29 july  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The 2021 offseason is sizing up to be a short but busy one.

With the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken and the NHL Draft in the rearview mirror, the next step on the road to training camps opening in September is free agency.

This year, the signing period begins at 12 p.m. ET on July 28 and there's a number of big fishes available to reel in. The only question is: will they be tempted to check out new waters? The salary cap is remaining flat at $81.5 million, which could mean the bait isn't as large for most; although, the league minimum has been raised to $750,000 (from $700,000).

There is also a fine number of franchise stars — i.e. Elias Pettersson, Brady Tkachuk and Rasmus Dahlin — who may just be the kind of guy you take the chance and offer sheet.

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NHL FREE AGENCY 2021: Complete list of all 31 teams' RFAs, UFAs

So, what is a team to do? The time to make moves and set the table for the upcoming season is remarkably short. Sporting News has all the top free agents and where they land right here.

NHL free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2021

Top 50 UFA players available

Player Pos. 2021 team(s) 2021-22 team
1. Tuukka Rask G Bruins
2. Blake Coleman C Lightning Flames (reported)
3. Philipp Grubauer G Avalanche Kraken (6 years, $35.4 million)
4. Dougie Hamilton D Hurricanes Devils (reported)
5. Zach Hyman LW Maple Leafs Oilers (reported)
6. Phillip Danault C Canadiens Kings (6 years, $33 million)
7. Tyson Barrie D Oilers Oilers (reported)
8. Petr Mrazek G Hurricanes Maple Leafs (reported)
9. David Savard D Blue Jackets/Lightning Canadiens (4 years)
10. Alec Martinez D Golden Knights
11. Frederik Andersen G Maple Leafs Hurricanes (reported)
12. David Krejci C Bruins
13. Kyle Palmieri RW Devils/Islanders Islanders (reported)
14. Nick Foligno LW Blue Jackets/Maple Leafs
15. Brandon Saad LW Avalanche
16. Corey Perry RW Canadiens
17. Jaroslav Halak G Bruins Canucks (reported)
18. Keith Yandle* D Panthers Flyers (1 year, $900,000)
19. Mike Hoffman C Blues
20. Mike Reilly D Senators/Bruins
21. Mikael Granlund C Predators
22. Sami Vatanen D Devils/Stars
23. Eric Staal LW Canadiens
24. Braden Holtby* G Canucks Stars (1 year, $2 million)
25. Erik Haula LW Predators
26. Zach Parise* LW Wild Islanders (reported)
27. James Neal* LW Oilers
28. Tomas Tatar LW Canadiens
29. Nick Bonino C Wild Sharks (two years)
30. Jaden Schwartz LW Blues Kraken (5 years, $27.5 million)
31. Linus Ullmark G Sabres
32. Antti Raanta G Coyotes
33. Ryan Suter* D Wild Stars (4 years, $14.6 million)
34. Bobby Ryan RW Red Wings
35. Derek Ryan C Flames
36. Alex Galchenyuk C Senators/Maple Leafs
37. Alex Edler D Canucks
38. Michael Bunting LW Coyotes Maple Leafs (reported)
39. Casey Cizikas C Islanders
40. Zdeno Chara D Capitals
41. Jujhar Khaira^ LW Oilers Blackhawks (2 years, $1.95 million)
42. Travis Zajac C Devils/Islanders
43. Travis Hamonic D Canucks
44. Joe Thornton C Maple Leafs
45. Alex Goligoski D Coyotes Wild (1 year, $5 million)
46. Alexander Wennberg C Panthers Kraken (3 years, $13.5 million)
47. Derek Forbort D Jets
48. Jonathan Bernier G Red Wings/Hurricanes Devils (2 years, $8.25 million)
49. Mattias Janmark LW Golden Knights
50. David Rittich G Flames/Maple Leafs

*Bought out by 2021 team; ^Not given a qualifying offer

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Top 25 RFA players available

Note: These are only players that can be given an offer sheet. Kirill Kaprizov (Wild) and Quinn Hughes (Canucks) are not eligible for offer sheets as 10.2(c) RFAs.

Player Pos. 2021 team(s) 2021-22 team
1. Elias Pettersson C Canucks
2. Rasmus Dahlin D Sabres
3. Brady Tkachuk LW Senators
4. Juuse Saros G Predators
5. Ilya Sorokin G Islanders
6. Igor Shesterkin G Rangers
7. Andrei Svechnikov RW Hurricanes
8. Carter Hart G Flyers
9. Dillon Dube C Flames
10. Patrik Laine W Blue Jackets Blue Jackets (1 year, $7.5 million)
11. Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Canadiens
12. Neal Pionk D Jets
13. Ilya Samsonov G Capitals
14. Anthony Beauvillier LW Islanders
15. Filip Chytil C Rangers
16. Max Comtois LW Ducks
17. Eeli Tolvanen RW Predators
18. Tyler Bertuzzi LW Red Wings
19. Jason Dickinson C Stars/Canucks
20. Kailer Yamamoto RW Oilers

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