Alright I may be jumping the gun here folks, but there are some major names out there that can add a ton of value to some NHL teams, the notable free agents are listed below. These are the guys, that can probably play a top 6, bottom 6 roles, depending on the team. Players that have a little more experience and years under their belt, that they can add not only a role position to a team but also a laundry list of playoff and regular season experience. Some defenseman on this list as well that can add a ton value to a good amount of teams, and all are pretty experienced defenseman that provides a solid top four, five defensemen. Take a look at some of these names out of the 23 names on this list, I am honestly very confident that 15 of them do not end up on their current teams.
Notable Free Agents: Joe Thornton(SJS), Paul Statsny(WPG), Henrik/Daniel Sedin(VAN), Mike Green(DET), Jack Johnson(CBJ), Alexi Emelin(NSH), Zdeno Chara(BOS), David Perron(VGK), Clavin De Haan(NYI), Leo Komarov(TOR), Jonathan Bernier(COL), Joel Ward(SJS), Thomas Hickey(NYI), Patrick Maroon(NJD), Andrej Sustr(TBL), Mark Letestu(CBJ), Chris Kunitz(TBL), Nick Holden(BOS), Michael Grabner(NJD), Antoine Vermette(ANH), Joffrey Lupul(TOR), Vlatteri Flippula(PHL) **not to mention all these names are UFA’s*** (unrestricted)
When we look at these big-time free agent names, I would have to assume at least 3 of the 6 will not return to their respective teams. Evander Kane has been playing great as of late, I think San Jose offers him a sheet for sure, JVR and Bozak I believe will be gone, Toronto will want to make a BIG offseason signing for a defenseman and they will need to clear up cap from getting rid of those two players. Nash and Neal, I could see returning back to their teams but I would not be surprised to see Nash walk and it would be idiotic to let Neal walk if you are Vegas. Lastly, John Tavares, we all have to assume this guy is not happy where he is right now. He has openly come out and said that a home rink is a major problem for him, he has been offered contracts and yet to sign and recently came out and said he is not having fun. It’s as simple as this the Islanders are not doing anything to keep Tavares around and or happy. Yes, their offense is good, but without a defense or goaltender than the Islanders will not win and if the Islanders don’t win Tavares is not going to be happy. I see Tavares walking for possibly even less to play on an elite team.
BIG TIME FREE AGENTS: John Tavares(NYI) Evander Kane(SJS), James Van Riemsdyk(TOR), Tyler Bozak(TOR), James Neal(VGK), Rick Nash(BOS)
**also all these names are UFA’s**