NHL Free Agent Tracker: Johnny Gaudreau, Nazem Kadri, and Claude Giroux provide intrigue

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Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Free Agent Tracker for 2022 has been updated with the latest news and signings.

The opening bell for NHL Free Agent Frenzy will sound in a few days on July 13 at Noon Eastern. This offseason boasts a great free agent class with plenty of excellent unrestricted players available.

At forward, Evgeni Malkin, Claude Giroux, Nazem Kadri, and Johnny Gaudreau are the most intriguing names. On defense, P.K. Subban and John Klingberg are great two big names remaining. And for goalies, Stanley Cup winner Darcy Kuemper leads the pack followed by Jack Campbell.

As we get ready for the festivities this week, we’ve listed the Top UFA’s separated by Forwards, Defensemen, and Goaltenders. They are sorted by their expiring cap hit from highest to lowest.

Note: All cap data from CapFriendly.

Update: July 10, 2022 to reflect signings of Marc-Andre Fleury (MIN), Kris Letang (PIT), and Filip Forsberg (NSH). Click on the players name where available for the latest rumors.

Latest Update: July 12, 2022 to reflect signing of Valeri Nichushkin.

NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Top UFA Forwards

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May 26, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) skates during the warmup period against the Edmonton Oilers in game five of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Below are the Top 35 unrestricted free agent forwards available.

PLAYERTEAMAGEPOSCAP HITSIGNED WITHTERM/AAV
Evgeni MalkinPIT35C$9,500,000 
Claude GirouxFLA34C$8,275,000 
Phil KesselARI34RW$8,000,000 
Patrice BergeronBOS36C$6,875,000 
Johnny GaudreauCGY28LW$6,750,000 
Alexander RadulovDAL35RW$6,250,000 
Filip ForsbergNSH27LW$6,000,000 NSH8 YRS – $8.5M
Max DomiCAR27F$5,300,000 
Ondrej PalatTBL31F$5,300,000 
Nino NiederreiterCAR29F$5,250,000 
Reilly SmithVGK31F$5,000,000 VGK3 YEARS – $5M
André BurakovskyCOL27F$4,900,000 
Vincent TrocheckCAR28F$4,750,000 
Ryan StromeNYR28C$4,500,000 
Nazem KadriCOL31C$4,500,000 
Victor RaskSEA29C$4,000,000 
David PerronSTL34F$4,000,000 
Rickard RakellPIT29F$3,789,444 
Paul StastnyWPG36F$3,750,000 
Andrew CoppNYR27F$3,640,000 
Bryan RustPIT30F$3,500,000 PIT6 YRS – $5.125M
Chris TierneyOTT28C$3,500,000 
Andreas AthanasiouLAK27F$2,700,000 
Frank VatranoNYR28F$2,533,333 
Valeri NichushkinCOL27F$2,500,000 COL8 YRS – $6.125M
Cody EakinBUF31C$2,250,000 
Evander KaneEDM30F$2,108,696 
Vladislav NamestnikovDAL29F$2,000,000 
Zachary SanfordWPG27F$2,000,000 
Calle JärnkrokCGY30F$2,000,000 
Mattias JanmarkVGK29F$2,000,000 
Tyler PitlickMTL30F$1,750,000 
Zach Aston-ReeseANA27F$1,725,000 
Noel AcciariFLA30F$1,666,667 
2022 UFA FORWARDS

NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Top UFA Defensemen

JOHN KLINGBERG
Oct 7, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Below are the Top 25 unrestricted free agent defensemen available.

PLAYERTEAMAGEPOSCAP HITSIGNED WITHTERM/AAV
P.K. SubbanNJD33D$9,000,000 
Kris LetangPIT35D$7,250,000 PIT6 YRS – $6.1M
Mark GiordanoTOR38D$6,750,000 TOR2 YRS – $800K
Anton StrålmanARI35D$5,500,000 
Nick LeddySTL31D$5,500,000 
Danny DeKeyserDET32D$5,000,000 
Calvin De HaanCHI31D$4,550,000 
John KlingbergDAL29D$4,250,000 
Josh MansonCOL30D$4,100,000 
Olli MäättäLAK27D$4,083,333 
Justin SchultzWSH31D$4,000,000 
Colin MillerBUF29D$3,875,000 
Nikita ZadorovCGY27D$3,750,000 
Will ButcherBUF27D$3,733,333 
Alexander EdlerLAK36D$3,500,000 
Ben ChiarotFLA31D$3,500,000 
Ian ColeCAR33D$2,900,000 
Markus NutivaaraFLA28D$2,700,000 
Michal KempnýWSH31D$2,500,000 
Thomas HickeyNYI33D$2,500,000 
Ryan MurrayCOL28D$2,000,000 
Marc StaalDET35D$2,000,000 
Erik GudbransonCGY30D$1,950,000 
Brett KulakEDM28D$1,850,000 
Justin BraunNYR35D$1,800,000 
2022 UFA DEFENSEMEN

NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Top UFA Goalies

NHL FREE AGENT TRACKER
Apr 22, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (29) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Below are the Top 10 unrestricted free agent goalies available.

PLAYERTEAMAGEPOSCAP HITSIGNED WITHTERM/AAV
Marc-André FleuryMIN37G$7,000,000 MIN2 YRS – $3.5M
Darcy KuemperCOL32G$4,500,000 
Mikko KoskinenEDM33G$4,500,000 SIGNED IN EUROPE
Thomas GreissDET36G$3,600,000 
Joonas KorpisaloCBJ28G$2,800,000 CBJ1 YR – $1.3M
Martin JonesPHI32G$2,000,000 
Braden HoltbyDAL32G$2,000,000 MAY RETIRE
Jack CampbellTOR30G$1,650,000 
Jaro Halak VAN37G$1,500,000 
Casey DeSmithPIT30G$1,250,000 PIT2 YRS – $1.8M
2022 UFA GOALIES