With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman.

Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to become free agents next summer is still a strong one.

To wit, here is a look at the some of the top players who are set to become unrestricted free agents on Canada Day, 2016.



Player Position Age (July 2016) Current Team 2015-16 Salary Cap Hit
Steven Stamkos C 26 Tampa Bay Lightning $7,500,000
Anze Kopitar C 28 Los Angeles Kings $6,800,000
Dustin Byfuglien D 31 Winnipeg Jets $5,200,000
David Backes C 32 St. Louis Blues $4,500,000
Eric Staal C 31 Carolina Hurricanes $8,250,000
Brent Seabrook D 31 Chicago Blackhawks $5,800,000
Kyle Okposo RW 28 New York Islanders $2,800,000
Tomas Plekanec C 33 Montreal Canadiens $5,000,000
Andrew Ladd LW 30 Winnipeg Jets $4,400,000
Cam Ward G 32 Carolina Hurricanes $6,300,000
Milan Lucic LW 28 Los Angeles Kings $6,000,000
Brian Campbell D 37 Florida Panthers $7,142,875
Keith Yandle D 29 New York Rangers $5,250,000
Erik Johnson D 28 Colorado Avalanche $3,750,000

Other notables: Jaromir Jagr (FLA), Shane Doan (PHX), Dan Hamhuis (VAN), Luke Schenn (PHI), James Reimer (TOR), Loui Eriksson (BOS), Justin Abdelkader (DET), Radim Vrbata (VAN) and Paul Gaustad (NAS).


There will also be a plethora of restricted free agents available a summer from now. While offer sheets are a rarity in today's NHL, there are more than a couple of names available who might entice general managers into making an exception.



Player Position Age (July 2016) Current Team 2015-16 Salary Cap Hit
Nathan MacKinnon RW 20 Colorado Avalanche $900,000
Johnny Gaudreau LW 22 Calgary Flames $900,000
Seth Jones D 21 Nashville Predators $925,000
Brayden Schenn LW 24 Philadelphia Flyers $2,500,000
Danny DeKeyser D 26 Detroit Red Wings $2,187,000
Frederik Andersen G 26 Anaheim Ducks $1,150,000
Tomas Hertl RW 22 San Jose Sharks $925,000
Sean Monahan C 21 Calgary Flames $925,000
Olli Maatta D 21 Pittsburgh Penguins $894,167
Morgan Rielly D 22 Toronto Maple Leafs $894,167
Mark Scheifele C 23 Winnipeg Jets $863,333
Nazem Kadri C 25 Toronto Maple Leafs $4,100,000
Justin Schultz D 25 Edmonton Oilers $3,900,000
Erik Gudbranson D 24 Florida Panthers $2,500,000

Other Notables: Chris Kreider (NYR), Jaden Schwartz (STL), Alex Killorn (TB), Jacob Trouba (WPG), Andrew Shaw (CHI), Kyle Palmieri (NJ), Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Zemgus Girgensons (BUF), Hampus Lindholm (ANA) and Ryan Murray (CBJ)