NHL Free Agency Preview


It is the time of year where players are set to hit the open market and teams can dig into the pool of talent. This year features a deep pool of aging forwards, and a deep pool of goalies which could be a good thing for teams that might need one, such as the Islanders who have no goalies under contract going into Free Agency. There are also a few good defensemen to be had but by no means is this core of free agent defensemen deep in talent.

There are a lot of free agents this year that can be had and some of them can make a real impact for teams but with the cap going down this off-season there is little money to be had compared to previous seasons. With the cap not expecting to go up too much next season teams may not want to spend that much. Especially teams like Pittsburgh who will have a lot of cap problems next season with the money allocated to only a handful of players.

However there will be teams with deep pockets such as Toronto, Ottawa, Phoenix, Winnipeg, N. Y. Islanders, Florida who all have at least $18M to spend and the Islanders lead the bunch with over $32M under the cap with a chance to improve their team which is good because they still need to sign Brad Boyes, Travis Haromic, and a goalie to sign with that cap room.

A team that needs to make the most of their money is Toronto with the season they had.

Anaheim Ducks

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Palmieri, Kyle RFA; Beleskey, Matt RFA; Selanne, Teemu UFA; Koivu, Saku UFA; Lombardi, Matthew UFA; Steckel, David UFA; Dvorak, Radek UFA

Defense: Lydman, Toni  UFA, Hendry, Jordan UFA, Guenin, Nate UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 7,490,833

Needs: 3rd Line Scorer, top 6 D-man

Boston Bruins

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Jagr, Jaromir UFA; Horton, Nathan UFA; Daugavins, K. UFA; Pandolfo, Jay UFA

Defense: Ference, Andew UFA; Redden, Wade UFA; Johnson, Aaron UFA

Goalies: Rask, Tuukka RFA; Khudobin, Anton UFA

Cap Room: 13,030,833 (Assuming Savard goes on LTIR)

Needs: Scorer

Buffalo Sabres

Key Free Agents:

F0rwards: Hodgson, Cody RFA; Flynn, Brian RFA; Hecht, Jochen UFA

Defense: Pardy, Adam UFA; Sulzer, Alexander UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $15,242,143

Needs: Depth at D, 3rd line scoring.

Calgary Flames

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Backlund, Mikael RFA; McGrattan, Brian UFA; Begin, Steve UFA

Defense: Butler, Chris RFA; Brodie, T.J. RFA; Cundari, Mark RFA; Babchuk, Anton UFA; Carson, Brett UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $17,421,667

Needs: With Mikka Kiprusoff expected to retire the Flames might be on the market for a goalie, or they might get Leland Irving a shot in net.

Carolina Hurricanes

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Staal, Jared RFA; Larose, Chad UFA; Brent, Tim UFA

Defense: Corvo, Joe UFA; Bergeron, M. UFA; Sanguinetti, B. UFA;

Goalie: Ellis, Dan UFA

Cap Room: $6,397,500

Needs: Depth Defense, Depth Scoring

Chicago Blackhawks

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Kruger, Marcus RFA; Handzus, Michal UFA; Stalberg, Viktor UFA; Mayers, Jamal UFA

Defense: Rozsival, Michal UFA

Goalie: Emery, Ray UFA

Cap Space: $6,845,705

Needs: Back-up goalie

Colorado Avalanche

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Vincour, Tomas RFA; Hejduk, Milan UFA; Kobasew, Chuck UFA; Palushaj, Aaron UFA

Defense: None

Goalies: Varlamov, Semyon RFA; Giguere, J. UFA

Cap Space: $12,851,667

Needs: Defense

Columbus Blue Jackets

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Prospal, Vinny UFA; Gillies, Colton UFA; Drazenovic, N. UFA

Defense: Aucoin, Adrian UFA

Goalies: Leighton, Michael UFA

Cap Room: 7,991,191

Needs: Depth Scoring

Dallas Stars

Key Free Agents

Forwards: MacDermid, Lane RFA; Nystrom, Eric UFA; Wandell, Tom UFA

Defense: None

Goalies: Bachman, Richard UFA

Cap Room: $10,101,389

Needs: Defensive Depth

Detroit Red Wings

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Andersson, Joakim RFA; Nyquist, Gustav RFA; Filppula, V. UFA; Cleary, Danny UFA; Brunner, Damien UFA

Defense: Smith, Brendan RFA; White, Ian UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 10,707,121

Needs: Top 4 Defenseman; Top 6 defenseman

Edmonton Oilers

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Gagner, Sam RFA; Paajarvi, Magnus RFA; Jones, Ryan UFA; Petrell, Lennart UFA; Smithson, Jerred UFA

Defense: Whitney, Ryan UFA; Fistric, Mark UFA; Peckham, Theo UFA

Goalies: Khabibulin, N. UFA

Cap Room: 16,685,833

Needs: Defense, and depth scoring

Florida Panthers

Key Free Agents

Forward: Matthias, Shawn RFA; Weiss, Stephen UFA; Mueller, Peter UFA; Skille, Jack UFA

Defense: None

Goalies: Markstrom, Jacob RFA; Theodore, Jose UFA

Cap Room: $19,869,625

Needs: Top 4 D-man, Top 6 forward

Los Angeles Kings

Key Free Agents:

Forwards: Clifford, Kyle RFA; Lewis, Trevor RFA;  Nolan, Jordan RFA; Penner, Dustin UFA; Richardson, Brad UFA

Defense: Martinez, Alec RFA; Muzzin, Jake RFA; Scuderi, Rob UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 5,903,106

Needs: Re-sign Scuderi, forward depth

Minnesota Wild

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Bouchard, P. UFA; Cullen, Matt UFA

Defense: Spurgeon, Jared RFA; Clark, Brett UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $6,451,132

Needs: Secondary Scoring

Montreal Canadiens

Key Free Agents

Forwards: White, Ryan RFA; Ryder, Michael UFA;  Armstrong, Colby UFA; Halpern, Jeff UFA; Nokelainen, P. UFA

Defense: Weber, Yannick UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $5,024,167

Needs: Re-sign/replace Ryder, Top 6 defenseman

Nashville Predators

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Spaling, Nick RFA; Yip, Brandon UFA; Halischuk, Matt UFA; Mueller, Chris UFA

Defense: Brennan, T.J. RFA; Blum, Jonathon UFA

Goalies: Chris Mason UFA

Cap Room: 13,248,690

Needs: Top line scorer, secondary scorer

New Jersey Devils

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Josefson, Jacob RFA; Henrique, Adam RFA; Clarkson, David UFA; Sullivan, Steve UFA; Ponikarovsky, A. UFA; D’Agostini, Matt UFA; Kostopoulos, Tom UFA

Defense: Zidlicky, Marek UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $12,862,500

Needs: Re-sign Clarkson, 3rd line scorer, and top 6 d-man

New York Islanders

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Clutterbuck, Cal RFA; Bailey, Josh RFA; Ullstrom, David RFA; Reasoner, Marty UFA; Boyes, Brad UFA; Aucoin, Keith UFA; Joensuu, Jesse UFA

Defense: Hamonic, Travis RFA; Hickey, Thomas RFA; Martinek, Radek UFA

Goalies: Poulin, Kevin RFA; Thomas, Tim UFA; Nabokov, Evgeni UFA

Cap Room: 32,812,667

Needs: Re-sign Boyes, Get a goalie from FA or re-sign Nabakov, additional scoring and defense. The Islanders have a chance to make themselves much better.

New York Rangers

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Stepan, Derek RFA; Hagelin, Carl RFA; Zuccarello, Mats RFA; Clowe, Ryane UFA

Defense: McDonagh, Ryan RFA; Falk, Justin RFA; Hamrlik, Roman UFA; Sauer, Michael UFA; Eminger, Steve UFA; Gilroy, Matt UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $14,155,833

Needs: Re-sign RFA’s

Ottawa Senators

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Condra, Erik RFA; Alfredsson, D. UFA; Latendresse, G. UFA; Regin, Peter UFA;

Defense: Wiercioch, P. RFA; Lundin, Mike UFA; Benoit, Andre UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: $22,074,167

Needs: re-sign Condra and Alfredsson, defensive depth

Philadelphia Flyers

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Gagne, Simon UFA; Shelley, Jody UFA; Knuble, Mike UFA; Hall, Adam UFA

Defense: Gustafsson, Erik RFA; Walker, Matt UFA; Foster, Kurtis UFA; Huskins, Kent UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 5,362,907 (Assuming Pronger goes to LTIR)

Needs: back up goalie, top 4 d-man, top 6 d-man

Phoenix Coyotes

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Korpikoski, Lauri RFA; Boedker, Mikkel RFA; Gordon, Boyd UFA; Chipchura, Kyle UFA; Bolduc, Alexandre UFA; Conner, Chris UFA

Defense: Stone, Michael RFA

Goalies: Labarbera, Jason UFA

Cap Room: 18,358,333

Needs: Scoring, depth on D

Pittsburgh Penguins

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Jeffrey, Dustin RFA; Iginla, Jarome UFA; Morrow, Brenden UFA; Cooke, Matt UFA; Adams, Craig UFA

Defense: Bortuzzo, Robert RFA; Murray, Douglas UFA; Eaton, Mark UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 4,126,667

Needs: Hard to say with $4M to spend and so many openings to fill

San Jose Sharks

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Kennedy, Tyler RFA; Gomez, Scott UFA; Kennedy, Tim UFA

Defense: Hannan, Scott UFA

Goalies: Greiss, Thomas UFA

Cap Room: 2,643,333

Needs: Another Scott Gomez to fall into their lap

St. Louis Blues

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Stewart, Chris RFA; Langenbrunner, J. UFA

Defense: Pietrangelo, Alex RFA; Russell, Kris RFA; Woywitka, Jeff UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 13,575,000

Needs: Re-sign RFA’s, Top 6 D-man

Tampa Bay Lightning

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Pouliot, Benoit UFA

Defense: None

Goalies: Garon, Mathieu 

Cap Room: 8,534,523

Needs: Scorer, depth Defenseman

Toronto Maple Leafs

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Kadri, Nazem RFA; Komarov, Leo RFA; Colborne, Joe RFA; McLaren, Frazer RFA; MacArthur, Clarke UFA; Bozak, Tyler UFA

Defense: Gunnarsson, Carl RFA; Franson, Cody RFA; Fraser, Mark RFA; O’Byrne, Ryan UFA; Kostka, Mike UFA

Goalies: Bernier, Jonathan RFA

Cap Room: 24,520,833

Needs: Re-sign Bernier, Kadri, Bozak, Franson. They are good enough to not need to add much from the Free Agent list.

Vancouver Canucks

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Weise, Dale RFA; Roy, Derek UFA; Malhotra, Manny UFA; Raymond, Mason UFA; Lapierre, Maxim UFA; Pinizzotto, Steve UFA

Defense: Tanev, Chris RFA; Alberts, Andrew UFA; Joslin, Derek UFA; Barker, Cam UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 7,497,222

Needs: Re-sign Raymond, and Tanev. Add a tough guy, the team needs it.

Washington Capitals

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Johansson, Marcus RFA; Ribeiro, Mike UFA; Hendricks, Matt UFA

Defense: Alzner, Karl RFA; Poti, Tom UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 8,465,705

Needs: Re-sign Alzner and Hendricks. Add a scorer.

Winnipeg Jets

Key Free Agents

Forwards: Wheeler, Blake RFA; Little, Bryan RFA; Burmistrov, A. RFA; Tangradi, Eric RFA; Antropov, Nik UFA; Wellwood, Kyle UFA; Santorelli, Mike UFA; Miettinen, Antti UFA

Defense: Bogosian, Zach RFA; Redmond, Zach RFA; Postma, Paul RFA; Kulda, Arturs RFA; Hainsey, Ron UFA

Goalies: None

Cap Room: 23,316,500

Needs: Re-sign RFA’s, add scoring

NOTE: Cap Room numbers include the moves made on July 4, 2013 as of 8:30 PM ET

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