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Evan Sporer | June 30, 2014

Ranking the top 40 NHL free agents for 2014

Unrestricted. Restricted. Young. Old. There are hundreds of free agents in the NHL. Here are the guys at the top of the list.

The top NHL free agents

Unrestricted. Restricted. Young. Old. There are hundreds of free agents in the NHL. Here are the guys at the top of the list.

The NHL offseason comes and goes with the blink of an eye. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup, and less than three weeks later the NHL Draft is already over and the league's free agency period is just about underway.

Free agency doesn't begin until 12 p.m. on July 1, but in many ways it feels like it's already begun this year, with a new period for teams to have casual chats with pending free agents before July 1, and with the second summer of compliance buyouts available to teams under the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement. It will surely be busy as soon as the clock hits noon, and the players listed below will all find new homes and, probably, lifelong financial security.

We've ranked the top 40 unrestricted free agents on the NHL market this summer, as well as the top 25 restricted free agents -- even though they rarely leave their original teams. In addition, you can scroll to the bottom of the page for a full list of every UFA available in the NHL this summer.

Be sure to let us know in the comments how and why you disagree with our rankings. Enjoy!


1. Paul Stastny
1. Paul Stastny

In a thin center market, Stastny represents the best player in the middle, and it isn't even very close. Colorado is reportedly doing all it can to bring back the 28-year-old, who's coming off his second-highest season in terms of goals (25), and is a big part of the Avalanche's budding nucleus.

Whether Colorado is willing to give Stastny more money per year than Matt Duchene ($6 million) seems to be a bit of a negotiating point. Colorado isn't thin down the middle with both Duchene and soon-to-be Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, and with needs on the blue line, Greg Sherman has some decisions to make in Colorado.

2. Ryan Miller
2. Ryan Miller

The Ryan Miller experiment in St. Louis didn't go according to plan, but it's tough to discredit a former Vezina winner at age 33 who can clearly still be a very good number one. Expect Miller to be pursued by contenders.

How concerning was his play for the Blues? A .903 sv. % is a red flag, but obviously not the norm for Miller. His workload was bound to decrease after leaving the Sabres, so a dip in save percentage wasn't totally unexpected. With St. Louis locking up Brian Elliot though, Miller will need to find a new home.

3. Thomas Vanek
3. Thomas Vanek

If Gaborik's stock saw the biggest increase from the 2014 playoffs, conversely, Vanek's plummeted the most. A strange season that saw him go from the Sabres, to the Islanders, to the Canadiens ended with him fizzling out in Montreal, eventually getting demoted to the team's fourth line, and seeing decreased minutes. Vanek though is still a bona fide goal-scorer, and should benefit from a new scene, wherever he signs.

A very subpar possession player, Vanek simply brings goal scoring; he netted over 250 in eight-plus seasons in Buffalo. Playoff scoring never seemed to be an issue in the past for Vanek; he tallied 13 goals in his final 26 playoff games in Buffalo, but those games were few and far between toward the end of his Sabres career.

4. Jarome Iginla
4. Jarome Iginla

If shipping up to Boston and turning 36 were supposed to slow down Iginla, think again. The former Flame tallied 30 goals last season for the Bruins, and is clearly still a player who can make a major impact on the game. He'll likely get a similar one-year deal to the one he signed with Boston-lower on salary, higher on incentives-and will likely chase a Cup wherever he inks.

If Iginla leaves Boston, it's unlikely he'll land better linemates than David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Whether he can carry play at this point in his career is up for debate, but if he can agree on a number with the Bruins, or find a similar fit, it's clear he can still be an effective offensive contributor.

5. Milan Michalek
5. Milan Michalek

A down year for Michalek may be a blip on the radar versus a major cause for concern. The creative 29-year-old scored 75 goals in his first three seasons with Ottawa, while last season, much like the Senators, Michalek took a step backwards. But if Ottawa is unable to re-sign Michalek, he'll attend major attention on the market as one of the younger, more dynamic wingers available.

Things could change rather dramatically for Ottawa this summer if the team both trades Jason Spezza and lets Michalek walk. This comes just a year after the team traded for Bobby Ryan and had taken down Montreal in the playoffs. Trading Spezza would most likely provide Ottawa with some cap relief, but for a team that's well under the cap already that shouldn't be an issue either way.

6. Mike Cammalleri
6. Mike Cammalleri

The Flames decision to not trade Cammalleri before the deadline looks more peculiar by the day. As Calgary goes through a major rebuild, the 32-year-old Cammalleri is as good-as-gone, and as a veteran with a nose for the net, he won't be short on suitors.

Given the kind of season Cammalleri had, it again made it all the more head scratching he wasn't moved for assets. Scoring 26 goals, and with a Corsi rel of 6.7%, Cammalleri represents one of the more consistent forwards that will hit the market.

7. Jonas Hiller
7. Jonas Hiller

While the John Gibson era seems to be underway in Anaheim, it all but signals an end to Hiller's tenure as a Duck. A career .916 sv. %, Hiller may not be a top goalie in this league, but is certainly still a starter, and should draw interest come July 1.

Hiller becomes expendable given the surplus of goaltending talent in Anaheim, and behind Ryan Miller is probably the only free agent who can jump in and start next year. If Miller signs first, it will limit the options for teams looking to add a start, which favors Hiller in finding a job.

8. Anton Stralman
8. Anton Stralman

The first defenseman on this list may come as a bit of a surprise, but here's why Stralman will command the most attention of any free agent blue-liner. His 6% Corsi rel. ranked him seventh among defensemen in the entire league. As Tyler Dellow pointed out, while he doesn't rack up points, he's still a player who drives the offense. Stralman will be one of the more intriguing free agents this summer, but could pay major dividends wherever he lands.

How much is Stralman worth? His cap hit will likely be more than double what it was ($1.7 million) in the final year of his contract. He also expressed wanting stability for his family, and would maybe take a slight discount for a longer term. But if he's getting top-pairing money, it likely means a promotion on the depth chart, and more responsibilities for the 27-year-old.

9. Matt Niskanen
9. Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen will be the highest paid defensemen on this list, but given all that, it's a risky situation. Of course, if Niskanen can continue to replicate the career-year he just put up-10 goals, 36 assists, and a whopping plus-33-he'll have no trouble fitting in on just about any team. Someone will pay him lots of money; it's just a matter of when.

Playing on a team with such a high goal differential like Pittsburgh clearly helped Niskanen's plus-minus, but with such a need across the league for puck-moving defensemen, Niskanen fits the mold and hits the market at a perfect time. Add in his strong possession play (fourth among defensemen with a 7.3% Corsi rel) and it adds up to a rather lucrative contract for the Minnesota native.

10. Mikhail Grabovski
10. Mikhail Grabovski

Benefiting from the thinness of the center market, Grabovski will receive plenty of calls from teams looking to add his services. He's a player who can drive possession, and, before coming to Washington, had some pretty strong offensive years. Alex Ovechkin may be doing his best to keep Grabovski around, but the Capitals have expressed potential internal replacements if the 30-year-old elects to leave.

11. Daniel Alfredsson

There's no guarantee Alfredsson laces them up next season, but if he does, the veteran will bring with him one more year of his goal-scoring prowess, and locker room presence. He's not scoring 40 a season anymore, but what he will bring for a pretty low cap-hit is attractive to championship contenders.

12. Jussi Jokinen

The '13-'14 season was something of a reawakening for Jokinen, who posted 21-36=57 in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense. Those numbers likely mean he's in line for a raise coming off a three-year, $9 million contract, and with the cap-tied Penguins facing many difficult decisions, Jokinen may not be in Pittsburgh's future plans.

13. Matt Moulson

Stability may do Moulson well, after playing for three teams last season. Having posted 97 goals in the three seasons before the last lockout, Moulson could be a great compliment to Zach Parise should he stay in Minnesota. But with little to report on talks between the Wild and Moulson, the 30-year-old could take advantage of a thin free agent class in the form of a big payday.

For the type of goal-scorer he was at the end of his Islanders tenure, Moulson is flying a bit under the radar, especially in a thin free agent class. That three-year span he had for New York put him in some pretty good goal-scoring company, which his agent will likely remind teams when they hit the negotiating table.

14. Mason Raymond

Aside from being one of the fastest skaters in the league, Raymond's 19 goals last season marked the second-highest single season total of his six year NHL career. Coming off a one-year, $1 million deal, Raymond certainly stepped up to prove to the Maple Leafs or any other team he's still capable of putting the puck in the net, and worthy of a pay raise.

Where does he fit in? He's a fringe top-six forward, or a very solid third liner on a team that can deploy that kind of depth. Meanwhile, if you look at the pace of the teams that played for the Cup this year, the Kings and Rangers, and how the league is trending, and Raymond fits perfectly into an up-tempo system.

15. Radim Vrbata

A 12-year NHL veteran, Vbrata is coming off his fourth career 20-goal season. Playing in Phoenix, there weren't too many other offensive weapons, and Vbrata was relied on to be a top option. He's only three years removed from producing a 35-goal season, although he may never put up a gaudy number like that ever again.

Given the right fit though, and Vrbata could a very good depth player. He's another forward who will benefit from both the thinness of the free agent class and the salary cap going up. For a team looking to add some offensive punch, Vrbata comes cheaper than the top group of guys like Vanek, Gaborik, or Stastny, but his production isn't too far off from what they'll bring.

16. Christian Ehrhoff

It may have come as a bit of a surprise the Sabres elected to buy out Ehrhoff but for the market interested in adding a defenseman, it added a new layer and the landscape. An offensively capable defenseman who was putting up gaudy possession numbers before last season, Ehrhoff will certainly command interest.

Coming off a deal that paid him $4 million per, and Ehrhoff will likely be looking at a similar payday. But for a blue liner who can eat up over 20 minutes a night, including power play time, he won’t be short on suitors. His minus-27 last season may raise a few eyebrows, but that has more to do with what was on front of his sweater than on the back. Keeping in mind he’s only a few years removed from a plus-36 season, and teams will know that, in the right situation, Ehrhoff can be quite effective.

17. Kyle Quincey

Like the rest of the Red Wings' blue line, Quincey took a step back in the absence of Niklas Lidstrom. Still, the 28-year-old is a steady defenseman who is capable of playing on a second pairing and eating up 20 minutes a night. His numbers won't blow anyone away, but he's good enough in possession and a strong enough puck mover to keep the play going.

His offensive numbers have dipped the past few seasons, but his defensive game has rounded out during that time. Behind Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, he's the next piece of Detroit's defense, which may make it difficult for Ken Holland to part ways with him. That also may require Quincey taking a pay cut from the nearly $4 million he was making per year on his last contract.

18. David Booth

After getting traded to the Canucks during the 2011-12 season, Booth never quite produced like he did in Florida. Now that the Canucks have bought him out, Booth will hit free agency having three 20-goal seasons in his five years for the Panthers to start his career.

If Booth can re-find that scoring touch, he'll be a pretty valuable asset. Odds are he won't get the six-year, $25.5 million contract he inked back in 2009, but giving Booth a short-term, lower money deal could have a high ceiling. He's still a very strong possession player, and has always used his frame well to control the puck in traffic. Booth won't grab any major headlines when he signs this summer, but could provide good value given what he'll likely get paid.

19. Brian Gionta

If the Canadiens captain wants to stay in Montreal, it will likely require him taking a pay cut. If he doesn't, then the market will get a 35-year-old goal scoring veteran with all those "intangibles" one needs in a championship locker room. Gionta isn't the same player who scored 48 goals back in '05-'06, but still knows how to find the net, especially during the postseason.

This past year in Montreal, Gionta was relegated to Montreal's fourth line, although Michel Therrien was pretty good at splitting up minutes (Gionta played 17:51 a night). He' another player due to make less money, coming off a five-year, $25 million contract, and better suited to slot into a bottom-six role.

20. Brad Richards

When one hears "compliance buyout," the first thought is that it was normally performance-based. But make no mistake: Brad Richards was bought out because of the term and dollars and cents of his deal. Slated to make $24 million over the next three years, and coming off a lackluster postseason, Glen Sather had no choice but to buyout Richards and send the 34-year-old to free agency.

Richards shouldn't be out of work long, as he was still posting consistent 20-goal season in New York, and can produce at the NHL level. He's certainly slowing down, and won't command the big-money contract he was just bought out of, but a multi-year deal at the right term isn't out of the question.

21. Olli Jokinen

He may be an older play now at age 35, but Jokinen is still a pretty capable center hitting the market at a time when those are at a premium. He's not scoring at the rate he was before the last lockout, but 18 goals and a shooting percentage above 10 on an offensively starved Winnipeg team last season should be reason enough for potential suitors.

The Jets asked Jokinen to be a number one center, a task unreasonable for a player at his stage of his career. If he can move down on the depth chart, and probably take a little less money (he's coming off two-year, $9.5 million deal), Jokinen could be a useful chip for a contender.

22. Benoit Pouliot

There's a reason Pouliot was once the fourth overall pick of an NHL draft, but there's also a reason he's played for five teams in eight seasons. Marred by inconsistency, but with all the skill in the world, Pouliot had one of his stronger professional seasons in New York this past year, posting a career high 21 assists and 36 points.

His last five contracts have been one-year deals, which he'll like receive again this summer. He made $1.3 million this past season, a number that seems pretty fair for the kind of production he brings. He found a home on the Rangers third line, and there was reportedly mutual interest between the team and player to re-up for another year. Otherwise, he'll need to find a new team, again likely on a one-year deal, where he'll bring both his ability to score goals, and take penalties in the offensive zone.

23. Mike Ribiero

There’s no telling how much truth there is to the stories about Ribeiro’s character issues, but it led to his divorce with Arizona, and sends another center to free agency with this crop of free agents lacking centers. At 34 years old, Ribeiro isn’t the same player he was back in the height of his Dallas days, but probably a bit better than the numbers he posted the last few seasons when Phoenix asked him to do too much heavy lifting.

Again, the biggest thing Ribeiro has going for him is his position, and while it’s hard to imagine him getting anything like the four-year, $22 million contract he’s coming off, he could easily go to a contender looking to get deeper down the middle. If the Kings showed us anything this year, it’s that you can’t have too many good centers.

24. Dan Boyle

A very capable power play quarterback, Boyle will hit free agency after the Islanders were unable to come to terms with the 37-year-old defenseman despite giving up a fifth round draft pick to acquire his rights. The Sharks were looking to shed Boyle, who is coming off a deal that paid him over $6.5 million annually. He'll get paid on the open market, but at an advanced age, is he worth the money?

Again, Boyle's biggest asset is his offensive game, as he's coming off a 12-goal season, half of which were scored on the power play. His minutes have been declining, and he's not very good as far as dictating possession. But even if he's becoming a one-dimensional player, there's a high demand for what he offers, which is a fix or weapon on the power play.

25. Brian Boyle

Whichever team inks Boyle will be faced with an initial question: What line does he fit in on? After doing just about everything asked of him on the Rangers fourth line, Boyle said he wants to play a bigger role, which also means more money. In the 2010-2011 season Boyle scored 21 goals, but considering he's scored 31 in his six other seasons, and it's clear that one year was an anomaly.

What Boyle would undoubtedly bring is the qualities of the new NHL's fourth line: strong possession play, defensive zone accountability, penalty kill capacity, and very good in the faceoff dot. For the role he was in this past year on the Rangers, it was a perfect fit. If he doesn't take a hometown discount and looks for the expanded role and contract, there will be plenty of risk in thrusting him into that role.

26. Ales Hemsky

Escaping the perennial tire fire that is the Oilers, Hemsky was traded mid-season to the Senators, where the situation may not have been as bleak, but wasn't too spectacular either. What he did do in Ottawa was post pretty steady possession numbers in a small 20 game sample size.

His dip in production over the past few seasons all but assures he won't be making the $5.5 million he did in 2013-14, but a winger with a goal-scoring touch given all the circumstances this summer shouldn't have trouble finding work.

27. David Legwand

After spending his first 14-plus seasons in Nashville, Legwand was traded to the Red Wings this past deadline to ensure Detroit would run its postseason appearance streak to 23 seasons. Offensively, Legwand left his best years with the Predators, but his experience and track record (and the fact that he's a center) bode particularly well for him.

Like many players in this portion of the list, Legwand would be much better served filling out a depth role. Even when Nashville was enjoying its better years, it was always a team built from the net out. Should Legwand find a team with more offensive balance, and it could open up his play.

28. Dustin Penner

Oh, Dustin Penner. There's the good: the consistent goal scorer who used his size and frame to outmuscle defenders and play a very north-south style; and, the bad: the Capitals deadline acquisition who struggled to score, and gets in Twitter spats over pancake conspiracies.

At 31 years old, and still a 6-foot-4 train, Penner can still be a very effective NHL player. He was good early last season alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf before he was shipped to Washington. The Capitals really didn't need a forward as much as say, a defenseman, which also probably contributed to how people viewed Penner. But, with a clean bill of health, and his size and ability to play near the crease, Penner will actually be pretty affordable for a team looking to add a winger.


29. Dave Bolland

Ask Steve Simmons, and Bolland is the reason the Blackhawks didn't play for a Stanley Cup this season. More realistically, and Bolland is fringe second line center who's actually pretty accountable defensively, and a better goal-scorer than he's given credit for.

In his first season in Toronto, Bolland struggled to stay on the ice, only playing 23 games, but, again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, is a proven center on the right side of age 30. While he's expressed the desire to stay with the Leafs, Dave Nonis will have other options to consider, like David Clarkson's cap hit. That could add up to Bolland seeing more money on the open market, especially if Stastny and the other top centers sign close to July 1.

30. Mark Fayne

Very quietly, Fayne has put together four very strong seasons in New Jersey. Many might say he's a product of the Devils system (heck, isn't everyone who's successful in New Jersey?), but with a a Corsi rel (1.5 %) that puts him in the league's top 45 defensemen, he's flying under the radar.

Fayne made up half of the Devils' top d-pair, but was only making $1.4 million in 2013-14. While he only has 48 points in 242 career games, there's no denying Fayne has been a major piece for New Jersey. The Devils are about $11 million under the cap, and already have over $13 million locked up between four defensemen. Fayne will command some attention from the market, which could force New Jersey's hand.

31. Devin Setoguchi

Setoguchi once went through a three-year span in which he scored 73 goals. His production has tailed off since then, but looking at his numbers last season, it marked the first time in his career that Setoguchi's shooting percentage dipped under 10. His 11 goals were disappointing, but maybe explainable.

Was it bad luck? Did he take worse shots? Did a bad Winnipeg team drag him down? He's still only 27 years old, and only a few season removed from being a major contributor on some good Sharks teams. If the Jets are ready to part ways with him, Setoguchi will be an intriguing piece for teams looking to add an offensive winger. Coming off a year in which he was paid $3.25 million, Setoguchi should make roughly around that much, while he tries to re-find his scoring touch.

32. Dominic Moore

The first true fourth liner on the list, Moore slots here because he'll give pretty good return on investment. He'll get paid under $2 million annually, and won't command a long-term deal. He was an integral part on one of the league's best fourth lines this past season, and with many teams trying to remodel that part of the roster, he's a perfect fit for the job.

The Rangers are interested in re-signing him, as he is interested in staying in the Big Apple, but Glen Sather might be forced to decide between Moore and Brian Boyle. What he brings to the table is very good penalty killing, speed, and defensive accountability. Not a headline free agent kind of guy, but the small move that makes plays that don't show up in the box score and really contribute nonetheless.

33. Joni Pitkanen

The biggest question for any team considering Pitkanen is his health. After breaking his heel last season, Pitkanen missed the entire year, and only appeared in 22 games the season prior. He's always been a steady offensive defenseman, and a capable blue liner on the power play. Still, whether he'll be ready to suit up for next season remains up in the air.

Which could have some interested teams looking to offer Pitkanen a contract with a low base, but plenty of opportunities to make it up in bonuses for things like game played, or shots taken. For the right terms, Pitkanen could offer little risk, and, could always simply be placed on long-term-injured reserve.

34. Ville Leino

So Ville Leino didn't quite live up to his contract in Buffalo after all. After posting a career year in 2010-11 for the Flyers, the Sabres gave Leino a six-year, $27 million contract. After three disappointing years that saw him score 10 goals in 137 games, the Sabres bought out the second half of Leino's deal.

You can't really be mad at Leino for getting himself paid, and this buyout doesn't mean he won't find work this summer. His time in Buffalo was abysmal, but that final season in Philadelphia in which he scored 19 goals and added 35 assists still happened. Teams will exercise a lot more caution when negotiating with Leino, but he shouldn't have trouble finding work.

35. Chad Johnson

As the Bruins backup, Johnson was one of if not the best number two netminder in all off the league. A 17-4 record backed by a .925 save percentage gave Boston a reason to rest start Tuukka Rask, a situation many teams would clamor for.

That doesn't mean Johnson will have a line of suitors come July 1 if the Bruins don't keep him, and many would argue playing in the Bruins system helped pad Johnson's numbers. But having a backup that a team is both comfortable going to and can give them a chance to win is something that shouldn't be overlooked. With Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban in tow, it's likely Johnson could be on the way out, meaning he could soon be seeking a new backup deal ... or, signing a lucrative contract with Toronto.

36. Brenden Morrow

Players don't normally fall off the map quite like Morrow has. After years of consistent goal scoring in Dallas, Morrow was traded to the Penguins two years ago at the deadline to bolster Pittsburgh's depth. But the Penguins fell short off a Cup, and then Morrow signed with the Blues, only to have another down year.

The 34 goals he's scored in his last 172 games is an incredibly low rate, especially when you take a deeper look. Morrow has had an 18.1 shooting percentage over that time, which indicates he simply has taken a lot fewer shots. In fact, his 199 shots over his last three seasons are fewer than the 209 he took in 2010-11 alone. At 35, Morrow is in the twilight of his career, but if a team can simply get him to shoot more, Morrow could be a more productive player.

37. Nick Schultz

The Blue Jackets acquired Schultz at last year's trade deadline to be a depth defenseman, and, it's a role Schultz can fill quite well. He's got good but not great possession numbers, plenty of experience under his belt, but not a whole lot else.

He's coming off a pretty tough year, which means he'll be available for cheap, and is looking at a fifth-to-seventh man defensive role.

38. Derek Roy

The Derek Roy experiment in St. Louis didn’t quite go according to plan. After enjoying some pretty effective years in Buffalo, Roy has hopped around three teams in the last two season, culminating with 75 games last year for the Blues in which he only posted 37 points, the lowest number he’s had in a year he played over 50 percent of the games on the schedule.

A big contributing factor to Roy’s decline was a huge plunge in his shooting percentage. A shade under 13 percent for his career, Roy shot an anemic (by his own standards) 7.9 percent in St. Louis. While Roy was asked to take a back seat to guys like David Backes and T.J. Oshie, he struggled to find the same consistency. He’s still a player who can drive possession, and while he many not ink a deal as soon as free agency opens, he’ll be a more attractive chip once some pieces begin to fall.

39. Martin Havlat

His tenure in San Jose has been pretty underwhelming, but Havlat also played a full slate of games between injuries and a lockout-shortened campaign. In his last complete season (2010-11) Havlat netted 22 goals in 78 games, a number his agent will likely remind teams of when they sit down.

A skilled winger with good size, Havlat is a rare find on this year’s market. He’ll need to take something shorter term (he’s coming off a six-year deal in which he was bought out with one year remaining) and a lower AAV (the deal paid him an average of $5 million per) but Havlat can still contribute on the score sheet, and on the power play, making him a useful commodity.

40. Teemu Selanne



The entire UFA list

Here's a list of every single guy -- 210 of them! -- who both qualifies for unrestricted free agency this year and also played at least a single game in the league in 2013-14.

The list is sortable. Just click on a category to sort by that column.

Player Pos. 2013-14 Teams 2013-14 Games
Aaron Rome D Stars 25
Adam Cracknell R Blues 19
Adam Hall R Flyers 80
Adam Pardy D Jets 60
Al Montoya G Jets 28
Ales Hemsky R Oilers / Maple Leafs 75
Alex Grant D Ducks 2
Alexander Sulzer D Sabres 25
Anders Lindback G Lightning 23
Andre Benoit D Avalanche 79
Andrej Meszaros D Bruins / Flyers 52
Andrew Alberts D Canucks 10
Andrew Campbell D Kings 3
Andy Miele C Coyotes 7
Anton Belov D Oilers 57
Anton Stralman D Rangers 81
Arron Asham R Rangers 6
Ben Eager L Oilers 7
Ben Street C Flames 13
Benn Ferriero R Canucks 2
Benoit Pouliot L Rangers 80
Blair Jones C Flames 14
Blake Comeau L Blue Jackets 61
Bracken Kearns C Sharks 25
Brad Malone C Avalanche 32
Brad Mills C Blackhawks 3
Brad Richards C Rangers 82
Brandon Yip R Coyotes 2
Brenden Morrow L Blues 71
Brett Bellemore D Hurricanes 64
Brett Sutter L Hurricanes 17
Brian Boyle C Rangers 82
Brian Gibbons C Penguins 41
Brian Gionta R Canadiens 81
Brooks Orpik D Penguins 72
Carlo Colaiacovo D Blues 25
Carson McMillan R Wild 1
Cedrick Desjardins G Lightning 1
Chad Johnson G Bruins 27
Chris Butler D Flames 82
Chris Conner R Penguins 19
Chris Mueller C Stars 9
Chris Thorburn R Jets 55
Chris Vandevelde C Flyers 18
Christian Ehrhoff D Sabres 79
Christopher Breen D Flames 9
Chuck Kobasew R Penguins 33
Clayton Stoner D Wild 63
Cody Bass C Blue Jackets 1
Cody McCormick C Sabres / Wild 43
Colin Fraser C Kings 33
Corey Potter D Bruins / Oilers 19
Cory Sarich D Avalanche 54
Cristopher Nilstorp G Stars 1
Dan Boyle D Sharks 75
Daniel Alfredsson R Red Wings 68
Daniel Carcillo L Kings / Rangers 57
Daniel Cleary R Red Wings 52
Daniel Winnik C Ducks 76
Dany Heatley L Wild 76
Darroll Powe C Rangers 1
Dave Bolland C Maple Leafs 23
David Booth L Canucks 66
David Legwand C Red Wings / Predators 83
David Moss R Coyotes 79
David Steckel C Ducks 6
David Van Der Gulik L Avalanche 2
Denis Grebeshkov D Oilers 7
Derek MacKenzie C Blue Jackets 71
Derek Morris D Coyotes 63
Derek Roy C Blues 75
Derek Smith D Flames 14
Deryk Engelland D Penguins 56
Devan Dubnyk G Oilers / Predators 34
Devin Setoguchi R Jets 75
Dominic Moore C Rangers 73
Douglas Murray D Canadiens 53
Drew MacIntyre G Maple Leafs 2
Dustin Penner R Ducks / Capitals 67
Evgeni Nabokov G Islanders 40
Francis Bouillon D Canadiens 52
George Parros R Canadiens 22
Hal Gill D Flyers 6
Harry Zolnierczyk L Penguins 13
Henrik Tallinder D Sabres 64
Ilya Bryzgalov G Oilers / Wild 32
Jack Skille R Blue Jackets 16
Jake Dowell C Wild 1
Jamie McBain D Sabres 69
Jarome Iginla R Bruins 78
Jason Labarbera G Oilers 7
Jay McClement C Maple Leafs 81
Jean-Sebastien Giguere G Avalanche 22
Jeff Halpern C Coyotes 69
Jeremy Welsh C Canucks 19
Jerred Smithson R Maple Leafs 18
Jesse Winchester C Panthers 52
Joe Corvo D Senators 25
Joe Piskula D Predators 2
Joe Vitale C Penguins 53
Joey MacDonald G Flames 11
John Curry G Wild 2
John McCarthy L Sharks 36
John Mitchell C Avalanche 75
John Scott L Sabres 56
Jonas Hiller G Ducks 50
Jordin Tootoo R Red Wings 11
Julien Brouillette D Capitals 10
Jussi Jokinen L Penguins 81
Justin Johnson R Islanders 2
Justin Peters G Hurricanes 21
Keith Aucoin C Blues 2
Kevin Porter C Sabres 12
Kevin Westgarth R Flames / Hurricanes 48
Kris Newbury C Flyers 4
Krys Barch R Panthers 55
Kyle Quincey D Red Wings 82
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Mark Fayne D Devils 72
Mark Fraser D Oilers / Maple Leafs 42
Martin Brodeur G Devils 39
Marty Havlat R Sharks 48
Mason Raymond L Maple Leafs 82
Matt D'Agostini R Sabres / Penguins 57
Matt Gilroy D Panthers 16
Matt Hunwick D Avalanche 1
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Matt Moulson L Islanders / Wild / Sabres 75
Matt Niskanen D Penguins 81
Matt Pelech R Sharks 6
Matt Taormina D Lightning 7
Maxime Fortunus D Stars 1
Michal Handzus C Blackhawks 59
Mikael Samuelsson R Red Wings 26
Mike Blunden R Canadiens 7
Mike Cammalleri L Flames 63
Mike Komisarek D Hurricanes 32
Mike McKenna G Blue Jackets 4
Mike Mottau D Panthers 8
Mike Ribeiro C Coyotes 80
Mike Rupp C Wild 13
Mike Santorelli C Canucks 49
Mike Weaver D Panthers / Canadiens 72
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Evan is an NHL contributor for, as well as Blueshirt Banter and SB Nation College Hockey. He’s originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up rooting for the Rangers, and is an admitted Wade Redden apologist.