NHL Free Agent Tracker: 2023 Top UFA’s by position

NHL Free Agent Tracker – 2023 edition.

The opening bell for free agency on July 1 is a long ways away. As the season progresses, a handful of these pending unrestricted free agents are expected to sign before that time. For instance, it’s highly unlikely that the Boston Bruins will let David Pastrnak walk. To a lesser extent both Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi are likely to stay with the Detroit Red Wings.

Looking at the pending list of this summer’s UFA class shows there are some serious heavy hitters available. Forwards like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly, and Bo Horvat are expected to dominate the trade rumor mill leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 3.

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On defense, John Klingberg is going to be the most sought after unless the Minnesota Wild decide to trade Matt Dumba. Regardless, there are a handful of decent veteran blue-liners who will be moved at the deadline to contenders for a playoff run.

One of the most intriguing positions for free agency this summer will be goalies. It’s unlikely many if any will be moved at the deadline. However, come July there’s plenty of established starters that could be wearing new uniforms next season. Atop the list are Jonathan Quick, Frederik Andersen, and Tristan Jarry.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting trade deadline and free agent frenzy in 2023.

Note: All cap data from CapFriendly.

Last Updated: February 16, 2023

NHL Free Agent Tracker: Top UFA Forwards

Top 30 unrestricted free agent forwards in order of cap hit. Any player in italics has been signed to a new deal.

Patrick KaneCHI34RWNMC$10,500,000 
Jonathan ToewsCHI35CNMC$10,500,000 
Vladimir TarasenkoSTL31RWNTC$7,500,000 
Ryan O’ReillySTL32C$7,500,000 
James van RiemsdykPHI34F$7,000,000 
Max PaciorettyCAR34LWM-NTC$7,000,000 
David PastrnakBOS27RWM-NTC$6,666,667 
Sean MonahanMTL28FM-NTC$6,375,000 
Dylan LarkinDET26CNTC$6,100,000 
Milan LucicCGY35FM-NTC$6,000,000 
Jordan StaalCAR34FNMC$6,000,000 
Kyle OkposoBUF35RWM-NTC$6,000,000 
Gustav NyquistCBJ33F$5,500,000 
Jonathan DrouinMTL28FM-NTC$5,500,000 
Bo Horvat (signed)NYI28CNTC8 x $8.5M 
Jason ZuckerPIT31FM-NTC$5,500,000 
Patric HörnqvistFLA36RWM-NTC$5,300,000 
Evgeni DadonovMTL34FM-NTC$5,000,000 
Tyler BertuzziDET28F$4,750,000 
Tomas TatarNJD32F$4,500,000 
Alex KillornTBL33FM-NTC$4,450,000 
Nick FolignoBOS35FM-NTC$3,800,000 
Connor BrownWSH29F$3,600,000 
 J.T. CompherCOL28F$3,500,000 
Pavel Zacha (signed)BOS26F4 x $4.75M 
Alexander KerfootTOR28FM-NTC$3,500,000 
Miles WoodNJD27LW$3,200,000 
Max DomiCHI28F$3,000,000 
Patrice BergeronBOS37CNMC$2,500,000 
Ivan BarbashevSTL27F$2,250,000 
Top 30 UFA Forwards

NHL Free Agent Tracker: Top Defensemen

NHL Free Agent Tracker Matt Dumba
Dec 31, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) reacts after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Top 20 unrestricted free agent defenseman in order of cap hit. Any player in italics has been signed to a new deal.

John KlingbergANA30RDM-NTC$7,000,000 
Matt DumbaMIN28RDM-NTC$6,000,000 
Erik JohnsonCOL35RDM-NTC$6,000,000 
Dmitry OrlovWSH31LDM-NTC$5,100,000 
Shayne GostisbehereARI30D$4,500,000 
Damon SeversonNJD28RD$4,166,666 
Brian DumoulinPIT31LDM-NTC$4,100,000 
Kevin ShattenkirkANA34RDM-NTC$3,900,000 
Ryan GravesNJD28LD$3,166,667 
Ian ColeTBL34D$3,000,000 
Travis HamonicOTT32RD$3,000,000 
Vladislav GavrikovCBJ27LD$2,800,000 
Carson SoucySEA28D$2,750,000 
Nick JensenWSH32RD$2,500,000 
Radko GudasFLA33RD$2,500,000 
Dmitry KulikovANA32DM-NTC$2,250,000 
Olli Määttä (signed)DET28LD2 x $3M
Justin HollTOR31RDM-NTC$2,000,000 
Niko MikkolaSTL27LD$1,900,000 
Scott MayfieldNYI30RD$1,450,000 
Top 20 UFA Defenseman

NHL Free Agent Tracker: Top Goalies

Top 15 unrestricted free agent defenseman in order of cap hit. Any player in italics has been signed to a new deal.

Jonathan QuickLAK37G$5,800,000 
Semyon VarlamovNYI35GM-NTC$5,000,000 
Frederik AndersenCAR33GM-NTC$4,500,000 
Cam TalbotOTT35G$3,666,667 
Tristan JarryPIT28G$3,500,000 
Alex NedeljkovicDET27G$3,000,000 
Laurent BrossoitVGK30G$2,325,000 
James ReimerSJS35GM-NTC$2,250,000 
Adin HillVGK27G$2,175,000 
Antti RaantaCAR34G$2,000,000 
Martin JonesSEA33GM-NTC$2,000,000 
Jaroslav HalákNYR38GNMC$1,500,000 
Kevin LankinenNSH28G$1,500,000 
Joonas KorpisaloCBJ29G$1,300,000 
Thomas GreissSTL37G$1,250,000 
Top 15 UFA Goalies