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NHL free agency tracker 2020: Full list of signings, best available players

While the NHL’s free agency period was in flux after the COVID-19 pandemic paused the season — and the normal date of July 1 has long passed — the signing period began at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 9.

Whether it’s unrestricted or restricted free agents, there are some big fish for teams to reel in. Where they’ll land is a big unknown, but the salary cap is remaining at $81.5 million for the 2020-21 season.

This will impact who can land those big fish and who will net a group of minnows. There’s also the fun game of roulette that teams sometimes play when they risk their next four first-round draft picks for one of the surefire restricted free-agent stars.

NHL FREE AGENCY 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAs

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

NHL free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2020

Top 50 UFA players available

Player
Pos.
2019-20 team(s)
2020-21 team
1. Alex Pietrangelo
D
Blues
 
2. Torey Krug
D
Bruins
Blues (7 years, $45.5 million)
3. Taylor Hall
LW
Devils/Coyotes
 
4. Robin Lehner
G
Blackhawks/Golden Knights
Golden Knights (5 years, $25 million)
5. Tyler Toffoli
W
Kings/Canucks
 
6. Jacob Markstrom
G
Canucks
Flames (6 years, $36 million)
7. TJ Brodie
D
Flames
Maple Leafs (4 years, $20 million)
8. Ilya Kovalchuk
LW
Kings/Canadiens/Capitals
 
9. Mike Hoffman
W
Panthers
 
10. Tyson Barrie
D
Maple Leafs
Oilers (1 year, 
11. Anton Khudobin
G
Stars
Stars (3 years, $10 million)
12. Derek Grant
C
Ducks/Flyers
Ducks (3 years, $4.5 million)
13. Jesper Fast
RW
Rangers
 
14. Kevin Shattenkirk
D
Lightning
Ducks (3 years, $11.7 million)
15. Sami Vatanen
D
Devils/Hurricanes
 
16. Cam Talbot
G
Flames
Wild (3 years, $11 million)
17. Mikael Granlund
C
Predators
 
18. Bobby Ryan*
F
Senators
Red Wings (1 year, $1 million)
19. Braden Holtby
G
Capitals
Canucks (2 years, $8.6 million)
20. Thomas Greiss
G
Islanders
Red Wings
21. Erik Gustafsson
D
Blackhawks/Flames
 
22. Travis Hamonic
D
Flames
 
23. Chris Tanev
D
Canucks
Flames (4 years, $18 million)
24. Justin Schultz
D
Penguins
Capitals (2 years, $8 million)
25. Pat Maroon
LW
Lightning
Reportedly re-signed with Lightning
26. Corey Crawford
G
Blackhawks
Devils (2 years, $7.8 million)
27. Cody Eakin
C
Golden Knights/Jets
 
28. Erik Haula
LW
Hurricanes/Panthers
 
29. Derick Brassard
C
Islanders
 
30. Evgenii Dadonov
RW
Panthers
 
31. Alex Galchenyuk
C
Penguins/Wild
 
32. Joe Thornton
C
Sharks
 
33. Wayne Simmonds
RW
Devils/Sabres
Maple Leafs (1 year, $1.5 million)
34. Joel Edmundson
D
Hurricanes/Canadiens
Canadiens (4 years, $14 million)
35. Kyle Clifford
LW
Kings/Maple Leafs
 
36. Henrik Lundqvist^
G
Rangers
Capitals (1 year, $1.5 million)
37. Josh Leivo
LW
Canucks
 
38. Nate Thompson
C
Canadiens/Flyers
Jets (1 year, $750,000)
39. Conor Sheary
LW
Sabres/Penguins
 
40. Brenden Dillon
D
Sharks/Capitals
Capitals (4 years, $15.6 million)
41. Vladislav Namestnikov
C
Avalanche
 
42. Matt Martin
LW
Islanders
 
43. Zdeno Chara
D
Bruins
 
44. Andy Greene
D
Devils/Islanders
 
45. Dylan DeMelo
D
Senators/Jets
Jets (4 years, $12 million)
46. Mark Borowiecki
D
Senators
Predators (2 years, $4 million)
47. Patrick Marleau
C
Sharks/Penguins
 
48. Zach Bogosian
D
Sabres/Lightning
 
49. Mikko Koivu
C
Wild
Blue Jackets (1 year, $1.5 million)
50. Jimmy Howard
G
Red Wings
 

*Bought out by Senators on Sept. 26

^ Bought out by Rangers on Sept. 30

Top 25 RFA players available

Player
Pos.
2019-20 team
2020-21 team
1. Mathew Barzal
C
Islanders
 
2. Josh Anderson
RW
Blue Jackets/Canadiens (traded Oct. 6)
Canadiens (7 years, $38.5 million)
3. Tristan Jarry
G
Penguins
Penguins (3 years, $10.5 million)
4. Matt Murray
G
Penguins/Senators (traded Oct.7)
Senators (4 years, $25 million)
5. Anthony Cirelli
F
Lightning
 
6. Pierre-Luc Dubois
F
Blue Jackets
 
7. Max Domi
C
Canadiens/Blue Jackets (traded Oct. 6)
Blue Jackets (2 years, $10.6 million)
8. Anthony Duclair
LW
Senators (became UFA on Oct. 7)
 
9. Tony DeAngelo
D
Rangers
 
10. Alexandar Georgiev
G
Rangers
 
11. Jake DeBrusk
LW
Bruins
 
12. Andrew Mangiapane
LW
Flames
 
13. Mikhail Sergachev
D
Lightning
 
14. Dominik Kubalik
LW
Blackhawks
Blackhawks (2 years, $7.4 million)
15. Andreas Athanasiou
LW
Red Wings/Oilers (became UFA on Oct. 7)
 
16. Kevin Labanc
RW
Sharks
Sharks (4 years, $18.9 million)
17. Sam Reinhart
C
Sabres
 
18. Vince Dunn
D
Blues
 
19. Tyson Jost
C
Avalanche
 
20. Mackenzie Blackwood
G
Devils
 
21. Nolan Patrick
C
Flyers
 
22. Ethan Bear
D
Oilers
 
23. Victor Mete
D
Canadiens
Canadiens (1 year, $735,000)
24. Travis Dermott
D
Maple Leafs
 
25. Tyler Bertuzzi
LW
Red Wings
 

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