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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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The scoresheet will say David Perron scored in the Vegas Golden Knights’ biggest game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the night they valiantly tried to keep their season alive against the Washington Capitals.

But Perron was falling into the net as the puck accidentally hit him.

That it was the only goal he scored in Vegas’ run marked a fitting end for Perron’s postseason, one which derailed a career-best 66-point regular season. He was a healthy scratch for the Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

With that, Perron took a tumble in TSN Hockey’s latest Free Agent Frenzy rankings – down to No. 10 – as he potentially searches for his sixth team in five seasons. It’s almost impossible to avoid detractors with that many eyeballs on your play.

The playoffs essentially had the inverse effect on No. 4 ranked free agent Paul Stastny, who solidified the Winnipeg Jets down the middle with 15 points in 17 playoff games.

Defenceman John Carlson, ranked No. 2, put together the near perfect contract season: He led all blueliners in scoring with 68 points and helped the Capitals win the Stanley Cup. Washington is expected to try and move heaven and earth to keep Carlson, whose salary cap hit could reach upwards of $8 million.

“We’ll see what happens,” Carlson told reporters Wednesday. “We’ll talk and go from there. I don’t really know what else to say other than that. I love it here and all that. I want to stay here, but there’s more to it than that.”

Carlson was steadied by trade deadline acquisition Michal Kempny, who soared on this list after his incredible run as plug-and-play top-four defenceman made him one of the best value buys in recent hockey history. Kempny (No. 15) was a topic of conversation among teams at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo a couple weeks back.

The rubber meets the road for free agents on June 24 when teams can officially begin the courting process with visits and in-depth conversations.

Until then, a three-headed monster remains atop the TSN Hockey Top 60 free agent rankings:

 

The Top 60 UFAs

 
RK Player Team Pos Age GP G PTS 17-18
1 John Tavares NYI C 27 82 37 84 $5.5M
2 John Carlson WSH RD 28 82 15 68 $3.96M
3 James van Riemsdyk TOR LW 29 81 36 54 $4.25M
4 Paul Stastny WPG C 32 82 16 53 $7M
5 James Neal VGK LW 30 71 25 44 $5M
6 Ilya Kovalchuk KHL LW 35 53 31 63 $5.5M
7 Mike Green DET RD 32 66 8 33 $6M
8 Tyler Bozak TOR C 32 81 11 43 $4.2M
9 Rick Nash BOS LW 33 71 21 34 $7.8M
10 David Perron VGK RW 30 70 16 66 $3.75M
11 Jack Johnson CBJ LD 31 77 3 11 $4.36M
12 Carter Hutton STL G 32 32 2.09 .931 $1.13M
13 Thomas Vanek CBJ LW 34 80 24 56 $2M
14 Patrick Maroon NJD LW 30 74 17 43 $2M
15 Michal Kempny WSH LD 27 53 3 10 $900K
16 Riley Nash BOS C 29 76 15 41 $900K
17 Derek Ryan CAR C 31 80 15 38 $1.43M
18 Anton Khudobin BOS G 32 31 2.56 .913 $1.2M
19 Ian Cole CBJ LD 29 67 5 20 $2.1M
20 Michael Grabner NJD RW 30 70 27 36 $1.65M
21 Leo Komarov TOR LW 31 74 7 19 $2.95M
22 Thomas Hickey NYI LD 29 69 5 25 $2.2M
23 Kyle Brodziak STL C 34 81 10 33 $950K
24 Jonathan Bernier COL G 29 37 2.85 .913 $2.75M
25 Valtteri Filppula PHI C 34 80 11 33 $5M
26 Matt Calvert CBJ LW 28 69 9 24 $2.8M
27 Tomas Plekanec TOR C 35 77 6 26 $6M
28 Dan Hamhuis DAL LD 35 80 3 24 $3.75M
29 Blake Comeau COL RW 32 79 13 34 $2.4M
30 Calvin De Haan NYI LD 27 33 1 12 $3.3M
31 Jay Beagle WSH C 32 79 7 22 $1.75M
32 Chris Kunitz TBL LW 38 82 13 29 $2M
33 John Moore NJD LD 27 81 7 18 $1.67M
34 Mark Letestu CBJ C 33 80 9 23 $1.8M
35 Greg Pateryn DAL RD 27 73 1 13 $800K
36 Ryan Reaves VGK RW 31 79 4 10 $1.13M
37 Kevin Connauton ARI LD 28 73 11 21 $1M
38 Brian Gibbons NJD C 30 59 12 26 $650K
39 Tim Schaller BOS LW/C 27 82 12 22 $775K
40 Luca Sbisa VGK RD 28 30 2 14 $3.6M
41 Nick Holden BOS RD 31 73 4 17 $1.65M
42 Brandon Manning PHI LD 27 65 7 19 $975K
43 Christian Folin LAK RD 27 65 3 13 $850K
44 Antoine Vermette ANA C 35 64 8 16 $1.75M
45 Antoine Roussel DAL LW 28 73 5 17 $2M
46 Derek Grant ANA C 28 66 12 24 $650K
47 Chris Wideman OTT RD 28 16 3 8 $800K
48 Jaroslav Halak NYI G 33 54 3.19 .908 $4.5M
49 Ondrej Pavelec NYR G 30 19 3.05 .910 $1.3M
50 Alexei Emelin NSH LD 32 75 1 9 $4M
51 Michael Hutchinson WPG G 28 3 3.26 .907 $1.15M
52 Toby Enstrom WPG LD 33 43 1 6 $5.75M
53 Matt Read PHI RW 31 33 7 16 $3.63M
54 Roman Polak TOR RD 32 53 2 12 $1.1M
55 Daniel Winnik MIN LW/C 33 81 6 23 $660K
56 Cam Ward CAR G 34 43 2.73 .906 $3.3M
57 Scottie Upshall STL LW 34 63 7 19 $800K
58 Luke Schenn ARI RD 28 64 1 7 $1.25M
59 Tommy Wingels BOS RW 30 75 9 17 $750K
60 Chris Wagner NYI C 27 79 7 16 $637K