Who’s left in NHL free agency?
Day 1 of unrestricted free agency saw more than 100 players sign new deals, with over $400 million committed by teams from around the NHL.
More signings have trickled in over the past few days, but a number of veterans still remain without deals. Here is a look at the big names who have yet to sign, including three players who reached the 50-point plateau last season:
David Krejci returned to Boston on a one-year deal last summer and has indicated that he’s undecided on his future.
Now 37, Krejci’s 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) were his highest since 2015-16 and he also had four points in four playoff games.
The Sternberk, Czechia native has spent his entire 16-year NHL career with the Bruins. He ranks in Boston’s all-time top 10 in games played (1,032), assists (555), points (786) and total shots (1,848).
Patrick Kane came into the 2022-23 season in the final year of an eight-year, $84 million contract he signed with the Blackhawks in July of 2014. The deal included a no-move clause, raising questions if Kane would be willing to consider a move from the rebuilding Blackhawks.
Kane was his usual productive self in 54 games with Chicago through February, and eventually agreed to waive his NMC for a trade to the New York Rangers.
Kane finished the season with 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points in 73 games split between the two teams. The 34-year-old Kane had hip surgery on June 1 and could miss training camp and the start of the season, depending on how his recovery goes.
Like Kane, Toews is a three-time Stanley Cup winner who has spent all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Blackhawks. And, like Kane, he had an eight-year, $84 million deal come to an end this summer.
The Blackhawks said during the season they would not re-sign the 2010 Conn Smythe winner, who was limited to 53 games last year while dealing with long COVID.
“There’s absolutely no hard feeling,” Toews said after his last game on April 13. “I have nothing but love and gratitude for the Blackhawks.”
Toews is fifth in Blackhawks history in games played (1,067), sixth in goals (372), eighth in assists (511) and sixth in points (883).
Matt Dumba hasn’t been the same offensive-defenceman he was earlier in his career for a couple seasons, but the 28-year-old still played a key role on the Minnesota blueline last season.
Dumba averaged 21:17 of ice time per game and blocked a career-best 116 shots.
The Regina native is coming off a five-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Wild in July of 2018 and has spent all of his 10 NHL seasons in the Twin Cities.
Top free agent forwards (In order of points)
|Player||Position||Age||Games Played (22-23)||Goals||Points|
|Tomas Tatar||LW, RW||32||82||20||48|
|Josh Bailey||RW, LW, C||33||64||8||25|
|Pius Suter||LW, C||27||79||14||24|
|Derick Brassard||LW, C||35||62||13||23|
|Paul Stastny||LW, C||37||73||9||22|
|Danton Heinen||LW, RW||27||65||8||22|
|Denis Malgin||LW, RW||26||65||13||21|
|Tyler Motte||LW, RW||28||62||8||19|
|Derek Grant||LW, C||33||46||5||18|
|Adam Erne||LW, RW||28||61||8||18|
|Noah Gregor||LW, RW||24||57||10||17|
Top free agent defenceman (In order of points)