2014 Top 30 NHL Free Agents

We’re sure you won’t agree with all our rankings, but here is our updated 2014 Top 30 NHL free agent list. Throughout the year we will adjust the rankings based on player performances and signings.

In creating this list we took into consideration factors such as players age, position, injury history, likelihood of signing with another team, etc.

Also factoring into the rankings is how a player may be in 3-4+ years, and not just in 1 or 2 years. An example is not having Kimmo Timonen on our list. There is a chance that Timonen only plays one more year, with the possibility that he may retire at the end of the season. Most free agent deals for the top players are longer than 2 years, hence why we rank this way.

Rk. Player
Team
Pos
Age
2013-14
Cap Hit
Notes
1 Ryan Miller
G
33
$6,250,000
2 Thomas Vanek
LW
30
$7,142,857
3 Paul Stastny
C
28
$6,600,000
4 Ryan Callahan
RW
29
$4,275,000
5 Matt Moulson
LW
30
$3,133,333
6 Jonas Hiller
G
32
$4,500,000
7 Andrew MacDonald
D
27
$550,000
8 Jaroslav Halak
G
29
$3,750,000
9 Marian Gaborik
RW
32
$7,500,000
10 Dan Boyle
D
37
$6,666,667
11 David Legwand
C
33
$4,500,000
12 Radim Vrbata
RW
32
$3,000,000
13 Mikhail Grabovski
C
30
$3,000,000
14 Mike Cammalleri
LW
32
$6,000,000
15 Ales Hemsky
RW
30
$5,000,000
16 Matt Niskanen
D
27
$2,500,000
17 Andrei Markov
D
35
$5,750,000
18 Jaromir Jagr
RW
41
$2,000,000
19 Dave Bolland
C
27
$3,375,000
20 Nikolai Kulemin
LW
27
$2,800,000
21 Brooks Orpik
D
33
$3,750,000
22 Tim Thomas
G
39
$3,750,000
23 Mason Raymond
LW
28
$1,000,000
24 Nikita Nikitin
D
27
$2,500,000
25 Jarome Iginla
RW
37
$1,800,000
26 Milan Michalek
LW
29
$4,333,333
27 Matt Greene
D
30
$3,250,000
28 Devin Setoguchi
RW
27
$3,000,000
29 Steve Ott
C/LW
31
$2,950,000
30 Marcel Goc
C
31
$1,700,000
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  1. #1 by Jeff at October 15th, 2013

    This is the dumbest list ever. How could you possibly put all of those players ahead of my favourite player?!

    Just kidding.

    Nice work Mark.

    Rangers are going to have a time time fitting everyone in.

  2. #2 by Jeff at October 15th, 2013

    If Alex Steen is not resigned, i would expect a number of very smart teams to chase him. Detroit, Dallas, Philly, Sens…

  3. #3 by Mark Easson at October 15th, 2013

    @Jeff … I’ll check into Aki Berg’s status to see if he’s a free agent or if he has a European contract.

  4. #4 by jeff at October 16th, 2013

    ….along with a goaltender, the Oilers should target Emelin, Callahan and Dion.

  5. #5 by pav at October 17th, 2013

    Raymond ahead of Iginla?!?!?! There is something truly wrong there

  6. #6 by Jeff at October 17th, 2013

    Isnt Iginla 63 yrd old?

  7. #7 by joe at November 10th, 2013

    no way gaborik’s getting a raise after these past 2 seasons

  8. #8 by Tyler Sam Bossman at November 30th, 2013

    Update this please

  9. #9 by John Schepis at December 5th, 2013

    I really think the Rangers would be smart to pick up Paul Stasney or Orpik. The rangers need more young and talented players. They have a good squad they just don’t have that one player to make that spark not only offensively, but defensively also! Nash was supposed to come in and be that spark, but he can’t stay healthy. They have a good system with AV, but they just need to have a player that will net 30+ key goals to make the roster in tip-top condition. Once that happens I really see the Rangers going to the finals and maybe taking the cup home!

  10. #10 by Tony Gentilè at December 11th, 2013

    @Jeff, I hope Steen goes to the Wings! Another Sweeeeed to the team

  11. #11 by BradG at January 6th, 2014

    everyone on the list is old and done teams would be better off leaving these guys and going after young legs, more gas in the tank

  12. #12 by bryan at January 22nd, 2014

    If NYI dont resign Vanek ,which the will 90% sure. I like the Flyers going after him. I think they will have 10m next year. He is a perfect fit in Philly. Maybe Heatley is a good choice. He wont get 7m anywhere next year. Hopefully Flyers can bring 2 Defense man up , that may happen anyway with Timmo turning 74 . (Good fit anyone?)

  13. #13 by BradG at January 22nd, 2014

    Heatly to Flyers makes sense He would be the new Tim Kerr

  14. #14 by Connor at January 27th, 2014

    I truly believe Vanek wants to play in Minnesota. He was an all Star For the University Of Minnesota, owns a home in Stillwater Mn,and lives there with his family during the off season. He hangs out with Buddies like Parise, Pomminville, and Suter. Especially gelling with Pomminville on a line in buffalo. Next year the wild will open up enough room on the payroll for Vanek with Heatly off the roster.

  15. #15 by Jimmy at February 4th, 2014

    Callahan is way overrated no wonder sather wants to move him. 21 points and he wants money like he’s a point producer hahahah

  16. #16 by CHRIS at February 9th, 2014

    dallas needs stastny

  17. #17 by Chris at February 23rd, 2014

    kings need big player like steen, stastny, callahan, moulson, or vanek.

  18. #18 by skinnypuppy at March 5th, 2014

    This list is terrible totally out of date includes players that have signed ages ago

  19. #19 by Mark Easson at March 5th, 2014

    Agreed it’s bad. Will update after the trade deadline

  20. #20 by Alphawolf at March 25th, 2014

    I have looked at Detroit. They are good with signings through 2016 (if everyone could stay healthy). They have 21 mil in cap space for this Free Agency and only have 4 players that are a need to sign. Dekeyser, Tatar, Sheahan, and Glendening. I would like to keep Legwand and get rid of Weiss (probably not going to happen). They would need 1 top 6 defenseman and 2 forwards and a backup goalie (if Monster is not resigned). That is easily done with 21mil (minus Monster).

    The kids have shown they can play in the NHL and with almost a full season behind them, they will be better off next year.

    Lines I can see next year

    Zetterberg Datsyuk Abdelkader
    Nyquist Helm Tatar
    Franzen Weiss Miller
    Anderson Glendening Jurco

    Kronwall Ericsson
    Dekeyser Newly signed player
    Smith Lashoff (Kindl)

    If they add a couple of forwards, the lines change a bit. They do need more scoring and 1 top 6 D.

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