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



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. 

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

PlayerPos.2021 team(s)2021-22 team
1. Tuukka RaskGBruins 
2. Blake ColemanCLightningFlames (6 years, $29.4 million)
3. Philipp GrubauerGAvalancheKraken (6 years, $35.4 million)
4. Dougie HamiltonDHurricanesDevils (7 years, $63 million)
5. Zach HymanLWMaple LeafsOilers (7 years, $38.5 million)
6. Phillip DanaultCCanadiensKings (6 years, $33 million)
7. Tyson BarrieDOilersOilers (3 years, $13.5 million)
8. Petr MrazekGHurricanesMaple Leafs (3 years, $11.4 million)
9. David SavardDBlue Jackets/LightningCanadiens (4 years, $14 million)
10. Alec MartinezDGolden KnightsGolden Knights (3 years, $15.75 million)
11. Frederik AndersenGMaple LeafsHurricanes (2 years, $9 million)
12. David KrejciCBruinsCzech Republic
13. Kyle PalmieriRWDevils/IslandersIslanders (reported)
14. Nick FolignoLWBlue Jackets/Maple LeafsBruins (2 years, $7.6 million)
15. Brandon SaadLWAvalancheBlues (5 years, $22.5 million)
16. Corey PerryRWCanadiensLightning (2 years, $2 million)
17. Jaroslav HalakGBruinsCanucks (1 year, $1.5 million)
18. Keith Yandle*DPanthersFlyers (1 year, $900,000)
19. Mike HoffmanCBluesCanadiens (3 years, $13.5 million)
20. Mike ReillyDSenators/BruinsBruins (3 years, $9 million)
21. Mikael GranlundCPredatorsPredators (4 years, $20 million)
22. Sami VatanenDDevils/Stars 
23. Eric StaalLWCanadiens 
24. Braden Holtby*GCanucksStars (1 year, $2 million)
25. Erik HaulaLWPredatorsBruins (2 years, $4.75 million)
26. Zach Parise*LWWildIslanders (reported)
27. James Neal*LWOilers 
28. Tomas TatarLWCanadiens 
29. Nick BoninoCWildSharks (2 years, $4.1 million)
30. Jaden SchwartzLWBluesKraken (5 years, $27.5 million)
31. Linus UllmarkGSabresBruins (4 years, $20 million)
32. Antti RaantaGCoyotesHurricanes (2 years, $4 million)
33. Ryan Suter*DWildStars (4 years, $14.6 million)
34. Bobby RyanRWRed Wings 
35. Derek RyanCFlamesOilers (2 years, $2.5 million)
36. Alex GalchenyukCSenators/Maple Leafs 
37. Alex EdlerDCanucksKings (1 year, $3.5 million)
38. Michael BuntingLWCoyotesMaple Leafs (2 years, $1.9 million)
39. Casey CizikasCIslanders 
40. Zdeno CharaDCapitals 
41. Jujhar Khaira^LWOilersBlackhawks (2 years, $1.95 million)
42. Travis ZajacCDevils/Islanders 
43. Travis HamonicDCanucksCanucks (2 years, $6 million)
44. Joe ThorntonCMaple Leafs 
45. Alex GoligoskiDCoyotesWild (1 year, $5 million)
46. Alexander WennbergCPanthersKraken (3 years, $13.5 million)
47. Derek ForbortDJetsBruins (3 years, $9 million
48. Jonathan BernierGRed Wings/HurricanesDevils (2 years, $8.25 million)
49. Mattias JanmarkLWGolden KnightsGolden Knights (1 year, $2 million)
50. David RittichGFlames/Maple LeafsPredators (1 year, $1.25 million)

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

WINNERS, LOSERS: Bruins, Devils look smart; Canadiens, Hurricanes make disturbing moves

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.

PlayerPos.2021 team(s)2021-22 team
1. Elias PetterssonCCanucks 
2. Rasmus DahlinDSabres 
3. Brady TkachukLWSenators 
4. Juuse SarosGPredators 
5. Ilya SorokinGIslanders 
6. Igor ShesterkinGRangers 
7. Andrei SvechnikovRWHurricanes 
8. Carter HartGFlyers 
9. Dillon DubeCFlames 
10. Patrik LaineWBlue JacketsBlue Jackets (1 year, $7.5 million)
11. Jesperi KotkaniemiCCanadiens 
12. Neal PionkDJets 
13. Ilya SamsonovGCapitals 
14. Anthony BeauvillierLWIslanders 
15. Filip ChytilCRangersRangers (2 years, $4.6 million)
16. Max ComtoisLWDucks 
17. Eeli TolvanenRWPredators 
18. Tyler Bertuzzi LWRed WingsRed Wings (2 years, $9.5 million)
19. Jason DickinsonCStars/Canucks 
20. Kailer YamamotoRWOilers 





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