Ah, NHL free agency. It's like Christmas for general managers — this year it just might still be happening during actual Christmas — as teams look to gift themselves new players who could help push them over the line from Stanley Cup pretender to Stanley Cup contender.
Who will wrap up an Alex Pietrangelo, a Torey Krug, or a Taylor Hall this year? Will Tyler Toffoli unwrap a new contract with his current team, the Canucks? And can they gift wrap Jacob Markstrom for their fans too? Speaking of goalies, the market is flush with top-end guys like Markstrom, Robin Lehner, Braden Holtby and Anton Khudobin.
NHL FREE AGENCY 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams' RFAs, UFAs
Free agency should be a doozy this year, especially with the start date for the 2020-21 season an unknown.
Sporting News has all the information regarding when the opening bell will ring and the fun begins.
When will the NHL's 2020 free agency period begin?
July 1 has long come and gone; that was the old school date of when the NHL's free agency period would open up. With everything being pushed back, free agency will now begin in October, just a few days after the NHL's draft (Oct. 6-7).
- Date: Friday, Oct. 9
- Time: 12 p.m. ET | 9 a.m. PT
What is the salary cap in 2020?
There was an expectation that the salary cap for the 2020-21 season was going to move up to $84-88 million.
But then came COVID-19.
As a result, the salary cap will remain flat with an upper limit set at $81.5 million and a lower limit at $60.2 Million (midpoint is $70.9 Million).
Who are the 20 best UFA's available?
Quite a lot of players may be heading elsewhere this year. The salary cap impacts who will have the cash flow to re-sign their best unrestricted free agents.
|1. Taylor Hall||LW||Devils/Coyotes|
|2. Alex Pietrangelo||D||Blues|
|3. Torey Krug||D||Bruins|
|4. Robin Lehner||G||Blackhawks/Golden Knights|
|5. Ilya Kovalchuk||LW||Kings/Canadiens/Capitals|
|6. Mike Hoffman||W||Panthers|
|7. Tyler Toffoli||W||Kings/Canucks|
|8. Jacob Markstrom||G||Canucks|
|9. TJ Brodie||D||Flames|
|11. Tyson Barrie||D||Maple Leafs|
|12. Derek Grant||C||Ducks/Flyers|
|13. Jesper Fast||RW||Rangers|
|14. Kevin Shattenkirk||D||Lightning|
|15. Sami Vatanen||D||Devils/Hurricanes|
|16. Cam Talbot||G||Flames|
|17. Braden Holtby||G||Capitals|
|18. Thomas Greiss||G||Islanders|
|19. Anton Khudobin||G||Stars|
|20. Travis Hamonic||D||Flames|
NHL free agency tracker 2020: Full list of signings, best available players
17. Braden Holtby G Capitals
Who are the 10 best RFA players available?
Will we see an offer sheet this year? And one that won't be met? There's a strong possibility this could be the case as there are quite a few teams with cap issues that won't be able to protect their top restricted free agents.
|1. Mathew Barzal||C||Islanders|
|2. Josh Anderson||RW||Blue Jackets|
|3. Tristan Jarry||G||Penguins|
|4. Matt Murray||G||Penguins|
|5. Max Domi||C||Canadiens|
|6. Anthony Duclair||LW||Senators|
|7. Tony DeAngelo||D||Rangers|
|9. Jake DeBrusk||LW||Bruins|
|10. Andrew Mangiapane||LW||Flames|
|10. Dominik Kubalik||LW||Blackhawks|