NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

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Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" — or, what the hockey world calls, free agency.

Some of the biggest names in the game will be available come 12 p.m. ET on July 1 as unrestricted free agents. Where they'll land is anyone's guess, but the salary cap rising only $2 million to $81.5 million does impact who can reel in a big fish and who will net a group of minnows.

NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams' RFAs, UFAs

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Already off the list is one of the biggest fish of them all in defenseman Erik Karlsson, who signed a mega-contract — eight-year, $92 million — to stay in San Jose. Philadelphia also concluded a trade-and-sign with Kevin Hayes, reuniting the forward with his former head coach Alain Vigneault.

As for the restricted free agents, will we see the first offer sheet since 2013? The list of players available consists of the superstars of today and tomorrow — especially in Mitch Marner, Jordan Binnington, Brayden Point and Mikko Rantanen. The only question is whether or not a GM will risk their next four first-round draft picks for one of these surefire stars.

Sporting News has all the top free agent signings for you right here.

NHL free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2019

Top 50 UFA players available

Player

Pos.

2018-19 team(s)

2019-20 team

1. Artemi Panarin

LW

Blue Jackets

Rangers (7 years, $81.5 million)

2. Matt Duchene

C

Senators/Blue Jackets

Predators (7 years, $56 million)

3. Sergei Bobrovsky

G

Blue Jackets

Panthers (7 years, $70 million)

4. Joe Pavelski

C

Sharks

Stars (3 years, $21 million)

5. Corey Perry

RW

Ducks

Stars (1 year, $1.5 million)

6. Robin Lehner

G

Islanders

Blackhawks (1 year, $5 million)

7. Wayne Simmonds

RW

Flyers/Predators

Devils (1 year, $5 million)

8. Mats Zuccarello

LW

Rangers/Stars

Wild (5 years, $30 million)

9. Marcus Johansson

LW

Devils/Bruins

Sabres (2 years, $9 million)

10. Gustav Nyquist

C

Red Wings/Sharks

Blue Jackets (4 years, $22 million)

11. Tyler Myers

D

Jets

Canucks (5 years, $30 million)

12. Jake Gardiner

D

Maple Leafs

Hurricanes (4 years, $16.2 million)

13. Anders Lee

LW

Islanders

Islanders (7 years, $49 million)

14. Ryan Dzingel

C

Senators/Blue Jackets

Hurricanes (2 years, $6.75 million)

15. Anton Stralman

D

Lightning

Panthers (3 years, $16.5 million)

16. Micheal Ferland

LW

Hurricanes

Canucks (4 years, $14 million)

17. Patrick Marleau

C

Maple Leafs

Sharks (1 year, $700,000)

18. Semyon Varlamov

G

Avalanche

Islanders (4 years, $20 million)

19. Joe Thornton

C

Sharks

Sharks (1 year, $2 million)

20. Petr Mrazek

G

Hurricanes

Hurricanes (2 years, $6.25M)

21. Brett Connolly

RW

Capitals

Panthers (4 years, $13 million)

22. Brandon Tanev

LW

Jets

Penguins (6 years, $21 million)

23. Brian Boyle

C

Devils/Predators

Panthers (1 year, $940,000)

24. Cam Talbot

G

Oilers/Flyers

Flames (1 year, $2.75 million)

25. Justin Williams

RW

Hurricanes

Taking a break from the NHL

26. Dion Phaneuf

D

Kings

27. Valeri Nichushkin

RW

Dallas Stars

Avalanche (1 year, $20 million)

28. Ron Hainsey

D

Maple Leafs

Senators (1 year, $3.5 million)

29. Derick Brassard

C

Penguins/Panthers/Avalanche

Islanders (1 year, $1.2 million)

30. Pat Maroon

LW

Blues

Lightning (1 year, $900,000)

31. Valtteri Filppula

C

Islanders

Red Wings (2 years, $6 million)

32. Joonas Donskoi

RW

Sharks

Avalanche (4 years, $15.6 million)

33. Jason Spezza

C

Stars

Maple Leafs (1 year, $700,000)

34. Mike Smith

G

Flames

Oilers (1 year, $2 million)

35. Curtis McElhinney

G

Hurricanes

Lightning (2 years, $2.6 million)

36. Andrej Sekera

D

Oilers

Stars (1 year, $1.5 million)

37. Tyler Ennis

LW

Maple Leafs

Senators (1 year, $800,000)

38. Deryk Engelland

D

Golden Knights

Golden Knights (1-year, $700,000)

39. Noel Acciari

C

Bruins

Panthers (3 years, $5 million)

40. Nathan Beaulieu

D

Sabres/Jets

Jets (1 year, $1 million)

41. Thomas Vanek

LW

Red Wings

42. Luke Schenn

D

Ducks/Canucks

Lightning (1 year, $700,000)

43. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

C

Golden Knights

Avalanche (2 years, $3.6 million)

44. Riley Sheahan

C

Penguins/Panthers

Oilers (1 year, $900,000)

45. Richard Panik

RW

Coyotes

Capitals (4 years, $11 million)

46. Gregg McKegg

C

Hurricanes

Rangers (1 year, $750,000)

47. Ryan Hartman

RW

Predators/Flyers

Wild (2 years, $3.8 million)

48. Jason Pominville

RW

Sabres

49. Keith Kinkaid

G

Devils/Blue Jackets

Canadiens (1 year, $1.75 million)

50. Michael Del Zotto

D

Blues

Ducks (1 year, $750,000)

8. Mats Zuccarello LW Rangers/Stars Wild (5 years, $30 million) 8. Brock Boeser RW Canucks Canucks (3 years, $17.625 million)

Top 20 RFA players available

Player

Pos.

2018-19 team

2019-20 team

1. Mitch Marner

RW

Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs (6 years, $65.35 million)

2. Jordan Binnington

G

Blues

Blues (2 years, $8.8 million)

3. Mikko Rantanen

RW

Avalanche

Avalanche (6 years, $55.5 million)

4. Sebastian Aho

C

Hurricanes

Offer sheet by MTL; matched by CAR (5 years, $42.27 million)

5. Brayden Point

C

Lightning

Lightning (3 years, $20.25 million)

6. Patrik Laine

RW

Jets

Jets (2 years, $13.5 million)

7. Kyle Connor

LW

Jets

Jets (7 years, $50 million)

Player

Pos.

2018-19 team(s)

2019-20 team

1. Artemi Panarin

LW

Blue Jackets

Rangers (7 years, $81.5 million)

2. Matt Duchene

C

Senators/Blue Jackets

Predators (7 years, $56 million)

3. Sergei Bobrovsky

G

Blue Jackets

Panthers (7 years, $70 million)

4. Joe Pavelski

C

Sharks

Stars (3 years, $21 million)

5. Corey Perry

RW

Ducks

Stars (1 year, $1.5 million)

6. Robin Lehner

G

Islanders

Blackhawks (1 year, $5 million)

7. Wayne Simmonds

RW

Flyers/Predators

Devils (1 year, $5 million)

8. Mats Zuccarello

LW

Rangers/Stars

Wild (5 years, $30 million)

9. Marcus Johansson

LW

Devils/Bruins

Sabres (2 years, $9 million)

10. Gustav Nyquist

C

Red Wings/Sharks

Blue Jackets (4 years, $22 million)

11. Tyler Myers

D

Jets

Canucks (5 years, $30 million)

12. Jake Gardiner

D

Maple Leafs

Hurricanes (4 years, $16.2 million)

13. Anders Lee

LW

Islanders

Islanders (7 years, $49 million)

14. Ryan Dzingel

C

Senators/Blue Jackets

Hurricanes (2 years, $6.75 million)

15. Anton Stralman

D

Lightning

Panthers (3 years, $16.5 million)

16. Micheal Ferland

LW

Hurricanes

Canucks (4 years, $14 million)

17. Patrick Marleau

C

Maple Leafs

Sharks (1 year, $700,000)

18. Semyon Varlamov

G

Avalanche

Islanders (4 years, $20 million)

19. Joe Thornton

C

Sharks

Sharks (1 year, $2 million)

20. Petr Mrazek

G

Hurricanes

Hurricanes (2 years, $6.25M)

21. Brett Connolly

RW

Capitals

Panthers (4 years, $13 million)

22. Brandon Tanev

LW

Jets

Penguins (6 years, $21 million)

23. Brian Boyle

C

Devils/Predators

Panthers (1 year, $940,000)

24. Cam Talbot

G

Oilers/Flyers

Flames (1 year, $2.75 million)

25. Justin Williams

RW

Hurricanes

Taking a break from the NHL

26. Dion Phaneuf

D

Kings

27. Valeri Nichushkin

RW

Dallas Stars

Avalanche (1 year, $20 million)

28. Ron Hainsey

D

Maple Leafs

Senators (1 year, $3.5 million)

29. Derick Brassard

C

Penguins/Panthers/Avalanche

Islanders (1 year, $1.2 million)

30. Pat Maroon

LW

Blues

Lightning (1 year, $900,000)

31. Valtteri Filppula

C

Islanders

Red Wings (2 years, $6 million)

32. Joonas Donskoi

RW

Sharks

Avalanche (4 years, $15.6 million)

33. Jason Spezza

C

Stars

Maple Leafs (1 year, $700,000)

34. Mike Smith

G

Flames

Oilers (1 year, $2 million)

35. Curtis McElhinney

G

Hurricanes

Lightning (2 years, $2.6 million)

36. Andrej Sekera

D

Oilers

Stars (1 year, $1.5 million)

37. Tyler Ennis

LW

Maple Leafs

Senators (1 year, $800,000)

38. Deryk Engelland

D

Golden Knights

Golden Knights (1-year, $700,000)

39. Noel Acciari

C

Bruins

Panthers (3 years, $5 million)

40. Nathan Beaulieu

D

Sabres/Jets

Jets (1 year, $1 million)

41. Thomas Vanek

LW

Red Wings

42. Luke Schenn

D

Ducks/Canucks

Lightning (1 year, $700,000)

43. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

C

Golden Knights

Avalanche (2 years, $3.6 million)

44. Riley Sheahan

C

Penguins/Panthers

Oilers (1 year, $900,000)

45. Richard Panik

RW

Coyotes

Capitals (4 years, $11 million)

46. Gregg McKegg

C

Hurricanes

Rangers (1 year, $750,000)

47. Ryan Hartman

RW

Predators/Flyers

Wild (2 years, $3.8 million)

48. Jason Pominville

RW

Sabres

49. Keith Kinkaid

G

Devils/Blue Jackets

Canadiens (1 year, $1.75 million)

50. Michael Del Zotto

D

Blues

Ducks (1 year, $750,000)

8. Mats Zuccarello

LW

Rangers/Stars

Wild (5 years, $30 million)

8. Brock Boeser

RW

Canucks

Canucks (3 years, $17.625 million)

9. Timo Meier

RW

Sharks

Sharks (4 years, $24 million)

10. Matthew Tkachuk

LW

Flames

Flames (3 years, $21 million)

11. Kevin Labanc

RW

Sharks

Sharks (1 year, $1 million)

12. Jacob Trouba

D

Jets

Rangers (7 years, $56 million)

13. Zach Werenski

D

Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets (3 years, $15 million)

14. Charlie McAvoy

D

Bruins

Bruins (3 years, $14.7 million)

15. David Rittich

G

Flames

Flames (2 years, $5.5 million)

16. Ivan Provorov

D

Flyers

Flyers (6 years, $40.5 million)

17. Ryan Donato

C

Bruins/Wild

Wild (2 years, $3.8 million)

18. Jakub Vrana

LW

Capitals

Capitals (2 years, $6.7 million)

19. Travis Konecny

RW

Flyers

Flyers (6 years, $33 million)

20. Pavel Buchnevich

RW

Rangers

Rangers (2 years, $6.5 million)

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