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. We’ve updated our list to reflect players are remain unsigned on the eve of free agency on July 1st.

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 would be not having Kimmo Timonen on our list before he re-signed. 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
Cap Hit
1 Paul Stastny
Signed by the Blues. 4 years, $28 million
2 Thomas Vanek
Signed with the Wild. 3 years, $19.5 million
3 Christian Ehrhoff
Signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $4 million
4 Ryan Miller
Signed with the Canucks. 3 years, $18 million
5 Matt Niskanen
Signed with the Capitals. 7 years, $40.25 million.
6 Matt Moulson
Signed with the Sabres. 5 years, $25 million
7 Jonas Hiller
Signed with the Flames. 2 years, $4.5 million
8 Dan Boyle
Signed with the Rangers. 2 years, $9 million
9 Mikhail Grabovski
Signed with the Islanders. 4 years, $20 million.
10 Brad Richards
Signed with the Blackhawks. 1 year, $2 million
11 David Legwand
Signed with the Senators. 2 years, $6 million
12 Radim Vrbata
Signed with the Canucks. 2 years, $10 million.
13 Mike Cammalleri
Signed with the Devils. 5 years, $25 million.
14 Jarome Iginla
Signed with the Avalanche. 3 years, $16 million
15 Dave Bolland
Signed with the Panthers. 5 years, $27.5 million
16 Anton Stralman
Signd with the Lightning. 5 years, $22.5 million
17 Ales Hemsky
Signed with the Stars. 3 years, $12 million
18 Nikolai Kulemin
Signed with the Islanders. 4  years, $16.75 million.
19 Jussi Jokinen
Signed with the Panthers. 4 years, $16 million
20 Mason Raymond
Signed with the Flames. 3 years, $9.5 million
21 Milan Michalek
Re-signed with the Senators. 3 years, $12 million
22 Benoit Pouliot
Signed with the Oilers. 5 years, $20 million
23 Marcel Goc
Re-signed with the Penguins. 1 year, $1.2 million
24 Tom Gilbert
Signed with the Canadiens . 2 years. $5.6 million
25 Leo Komarov
Signed with the Leafs. 4 years, $11.8 million
26 Mark Fayne
Signed with the Oilers. 4 years, $14.5 million
27 Derek Roy
Signed with the Predators. 1 year, $1 million
28 Brian Boyle
Signed with the Lightning. 3 years, $6 million
29 Steve Ott
Re-signed with the Blues. 2 years, $5.2 million
30 Mike Santorelli
Signed with the Maple Leafs. 1 year, $1.5 million.
  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.

  21. #21 by Mz at April 21st, 2014

    Red wings should go after niskanen, moulson, resign Tatar, sheahan, dekeyser, and legwand. Lines next year

    Zetterburg, Datsyuk, Weiss
    Nyquist,legwand, moulson
    Jurco, sheahan, Tatar
    Franzen, glendening,miller/helm

    Kronwall, Ericsson
    Dekeyser, niskinan
    Smith, kindl

    I’d say 1st place next year

  22. #22 by Nandor690 at April 28th, 2014

    Hate to brake it to ya but Alex Steen is not a free agent so he will be going…..where……….nowhere

  23. #23 by Mark Easson at April 28th, 2014

    Steen isn’t on the list anymore. There may be comments about him as he was on the list earlier this season.

  24. #24 by Sidd Finch at April 29th, 2014

    First of all, slap the Canadiens logo on Vanek already. You got every other deadline trade right but him. I get sick every time I see his name.

    Now, Andy Mac is 7 and Matt Niskanen is 10, really. I don’t see that at all.

  25. #25 by Mark Easson at April 29th, 2014

    Fixed …

    Yes, Niskanen had a better year than MacDonald, but he was almost the odd man out in Pittsburgh at the start of the season. I worry that Niskanen just happened to have a career year during a contract season.

    Track record IMO put MacDonald ahead of Niskanen.

  26. #26 by Sidd Finch at May 1st, 2014

    Thanks for affixing the Canadiens logo to Vanek, I slept much better last night!!!

    As an Isles fan, I really liked AMac but did come to realize that he got slotted to high due to injuries and really started to fall apart. I understand Niskanen was playing for a contract this year, but so was AMac. Considering AMac’s play, I am overjoyed the Flyers have overpaid yet another inadequate defenseman, opening up a slot for our 2012 Cornucopia of Defenseman, and saving some coin in the process. Unfortunately, it will be that much harder to get to the cap floor yet again, unless Garth actually signs a goalie of some value.

    You might want to start a coaching UFA chart soon as the pool seems to be growing by the day.

  27. #27 by Kyle at May 1st, 2014

    Franzen Datsyuk Abdelkader
    Nyquist Zetterberg Tatar
    Miller Helm Alfredson or Free Agent
    Anderson Glendening Jurco

    Kronwall Ericsson
    Dekeyser Smith
    Lashoff or Kindl

    A top 6 RIGHT handed defenseman would be nice
    A right winger if we can’t resign Alfie and a back up goalie if we can’t resign Gus

  28. #28 by Gina and Sidney at May 6th, 2014

    Listen here brahhhh. Here’s what’s going down up hur. I’m gone tell ya’lls sumsaguns what’s finna go down.

    Wings Lines 2014-15:
    Abdelkader Franzen Weiss
    Kindl Crosby Ovechkin
    Gaborik Nash Cleary
    Samuelsson Glendening Moulson

    Niskanen Orpik
    Kronwall Quincey
    Lidstrom Stuart

    Starter: Timmmmmmy Thomas
    Backup: Fleury

    How’s about dem apples!

  29. #29 by Gina and Sidney at May 6th, 2014

    Lolololol, how bout dat last post ey? Now here’s what’s really bout to go down in Motown.
    Wings lines 2014-15:

    Fransonn Datsuke Molesson
    Tartar Helmerberry Nyqistenson
    Sheeen Wise Yurko
    Abdelkaderaneoin Glendeningsonvillsburg Miller

    Kranwale Erikson
    Niskinininin Dakaysar
    Smitty Lash Off


    I hope dat i spelt dez write.

  30. #30 by Liam smith at June 2nd, 2014

    c’mon grabovski lets resign with the capitals. well were doing that lets take home miller to dc.
    here should be the capitals player lines:

    ovechkin backstrom brouwer

    johanson Liach grabovski

    fehr chimera ward

    wilson penner beagle

  31. #31 by Liam smith at June 2nd, 2014

    hi gina and sidney! go for the capitals

  32. #32 by Bobby at June 13th, 2014

    Redwings lines for next year
    Franzen Datsyuk Jagr
    Cooke Zetterberg Nyquist
    Mike Rupp Gretzky Richard Park
    Helm Zigomanis Leino

  33. #33 by Josh at June 30th, 2014

    As a Penguins fan, it is incredibly distressing to see Brooks Orpik ahead of Jussi Jokinen. It must be by name recognition alone because it certainly isn’t by on ice performance over the past few years. Orpik is a shell of what he used to be. He readily admits that he takes games off to save himself for the playoffs, yet the problem is that he has been equally bad in the playoffs.
    Where as Juice somehow has this stigma that is sometimes attatched to Euro’s that he is a soft floater. This is untrue. He gave more effort in a single game than Orpik has in two seasons.
    Juice is had so much more of an impact on the Penguins than did Orpik.

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