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

Sporting News — (Jackie Spiegel)

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 PietrangeloDBluesGolden Knights (7 years, $61.6 million)
2. Torey KrugDBruinsBlues (7 years, $45.5 million)
3. Taylor HallLWDevils/CoyotesSabres (1 year, $8 million)
4. Robin LehnerGBlackhawks/Golden KnightsGolden Knights (5 years, $25 million)
5. Tyler ToffoliWKings/CanucksCanadiens (4 years, $17 million)
6. Jacob MarkstromGCanucksFlames (6 years, $36 million)
7. TJ BrodieDFlamesMaple Leafs (4 years, $20 million)
8. Ilya KovalchukLWKings/Canadiens/CapitalsAvangard Omsk, KHL (2 years)
9. Mike HoffmanFPanthersBlues (1 year, $4 million — orig. PTO)
10. Tyson BarrieDMaple LeafsOilers (1 year, $3.75 million)
11. Anton KhudobinGStarsStars (3 years, $10 million)
12. Derek GrantCDucks/FlyersDucks (3 years, $4.5 million)
13. Jesper FastRWRangersHurricanes (3 years, $6 million)
14. Kevin ShattenkirkDLightningDucks (3 years, $11.7 million)
15. Sami VatanenDDevils/HurricanesDevils (1 year, $2 million)
16. Cam TalbotGFlamesWild (3 years, $11 million)
17. Mikael GranlundCPredatorsPredators (1 year, $3.75 million)
18. Bobby Ryan*FSenatorsRed Wings (1 year, $1 million)
19. Braden HoltbyGCapitalsCanucks (2 years, $8.6 million)
20. Thomas GreissGIslandersRed Wings (2 years, $7.2 million)
21. Erik GustafssonDBlackhawks/FlamesFlyers (1 year, $3 million)
22. Travis HamonicDFlamesCanucks (1 year, $1.25 million — orig. PTO)
23. Chris TanevDCanucksFlames (4 years, $18 million)
24. Justin SchultzDPenguinsCapitals (2 years, $8 million)
25. Pat MaroonLWLightningLightning (2 years, $1.8 million)
26. Corey CrawfordGBlackhawksDevils (2 years, $7.8 million)
27. Cody EakinCGolden Knights/JetsSabres (2 years, $4.5 million)
28. Erik HaulaLWHurricanes/PanthersPredators (1 year, $1.75 million)
29. Derick BrassardCIslandersCoyotes (1 year, $1 million)
30. Evgenii DadonovRWPanthersSenators (3 years, $15 million)
31. Alex GalchenyukCPenguins/WildSenators (1 year, $1.05 million)
32. Joe ThorntonCSharksMaple Leafs (1 year, $700,000)
33. Wayne SimmondsRWDevils/SabresMaple Leafs (1 year, $1.5 million)
34. Joel EdmundsonDHurricanes/CanadiensCanadiens (4 years, $14 million)
35. Kyle CliffordLWKings/Maple LeafsBlues (2 years, $2 million)
36. Henrik Lundqvist^GRangersCapitals (1 year, $1.5 million)
37. Josh LeivoLWCanucksFlames (1 year, $875,000)
38. Nate ThompsonCCanadiens/FlyersJets (1 year, $750,000)
39. Conor ShearyLWSabres/PenguinsCapitals (1 year, $735,000)
40. Brenden DillonDSharks/CapitalsCapitals (4 years, $15.6 million)
41. Vladislav NamestnikovCAvalancheRed Wings (2 years, $4 million)
42. Matt MartinLWIslandersIslanders (per Lou Lamoriello)
43. Zdeno CharaDBruinsCapitals (1 year, $1.525 million)
44. Andy GreeneDDevils/IslandersIslanders (per Lou Lamoriello)
45. Dylan DeMeloDSenators/JetsJets (4 years, $12 million)
46. Mark BorowieckiDSenatorsPredators (2 years, $4 million)
47. Patrick MarleauCSharks/PenguinsSharks (1 year, $700,000)
48. Zach BogosianDSabres/LightningMaple Leafs (1 year, $1 million)
49. Mikko KoivuCWildBlue Jackets (1 year, $1.5 million)
50. Jimmy HowardGRed 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 BarzalCIslandersIslanders (3 years, $21 million)
2. Josh AndersonRWBlue Jackets/Canadiens (traded Oct. 6)Canadiens (7 years, $38.5 million)
3. Tristan JarryGPenguinsPenguins (3 years, $10.5 million)
4. Matt MurrayGPenguins/Senators (traded Oct.7)Senators (4 years, $25 million)
5. Anthony CirelliFLightningLightning (3 years, $14.4 million)
6. Pierre-Luc DuboisFBlue JacketsBlue Jackets (2 years, $10 million)
7. Max DomiCCanadiens/Blue Jackets (traded Oct. 6)Blue Jackets (2 years, $10.6 million)
8. Anthony DuclairLWSenators (became UFA on Oct. 7)Panthers (1 year, $1.7 million)
9. Tony DeAngeloDRangersRangers (2 years, $9.6 million)
10. Alexandar GeorgievGRangersRangers (2 years, $4.85 million)
11. Jake DeBruskLWBruinsBruins (2 years, $7.35 million)
12. Andrew MangiapaneLWFlamesFlames (2 years, $4.85 million)
13. Mikhail SergachevDLightningLightning (3 years, $14.4 million)
14. Dominik KubalikLWBlackhawksBlackhawks (2 years, $7.4 million)
15. Andreas AthanasiouLWRed Wings/Oilers (became UFA on Oct. 7)Kings (1 year, $1.2 million)
16. Kevin LabancRWSharksSharks (4 years, $18.9 million)
17. Sam ReinhartCSabresSabres (1 year, $5.2 million)
18. Vince DunnDBluesBlues (1 year, $1.875 million)
19. Tyson JostCAvalancheAvalanche (1 year, $874,125)
20. Mackenzie BlackwoodGDevilsDevils (3 years, $8.4 million)
21. Nolan PatrickCFlyersFlyers (1 year, $874,125)
22. Ethan BearDOilersOilers (2 years, $4 million)
23. Victor MeteDCanadiensCanadiens (1 year, $735,000)
24. Travis DermottDMaple LeafsMaple Leafs (1 year, $874,125)
25. Tyler BertuzziLWRed WingsRed Wings (1 year, $3.5 million)*

*Awarded by arbitrator.