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Frank Seravalli

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The top two players on TSN’s Top 75 Free Agents list are inextricably linked.

JvR is waiting for J.T.

Several of the six teams courting John Tavares also have offers ready for James van Riemsdyk, which has seemingly put van Riemsdyk in a bit of a holding pattern with the Free Agent Frenzy just 48 hours away.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are not one of those teams. There has been limited contact between the Leafs and van Riemsdyk’s camp, which all but signals the end of the JvR era in Toronto.

More than 12 teams have engaged with van Riemsdyk since the free agent interview period opened on Sunday. Interestingly, the list grew over the course of this week, including after Rick Nash notified teams he would not be participating in the July 1 sweepstakes. 

Upwards of eight teams remained in the mix as of Friday afternoon.

Van Riemsdyk, 29, is the clear cut No. 2 free agent on the board this summer – the premier scoring winger available coming off a 36-goal season. He has averaged 31 goals over his last four full seasons.

For Van Riemsdyk, like Tavares, it is not solely about dollars. Van Riemsdyk is also focused on overall fit in the lineup, intended deployment, potential to win, facilities and training and recovery methods.

Van Riemsdyk is quietly and carefully considering his options, deliberately out of the spotlight as he works through the process. Once the Tavares domino falls, he could quickly find clarity on his situation.

Here is TSN Hockey’s latest Top 75 Free Agents available ahead of Canada Day:
 

Top 75

 
RK Player Team Pos Age GP G PTS 17-18
1 John Tavares NYI C 27 82 37 84 $5.5M
2 James van Riemsdyk TOR LW 29 81 36 54 $4.25M
3 Paul Stastny WPG C 32 82 16 53 $7M
4 James Neal VGK LW 30 71 25 44 $5M
5 Mike Green DET RD 32 66 8 33 $6M
6 Tyler Bozak TOR C 32 81 11 43 $4.2M
7 David Perron VGK RW 30 70 16 66 $3.75M
8 Jack Johnson CBJ LD 31 77 3 11 $4.36M
9 Carter Hutton STL G 32 32 2.09 .931 $1.13M
10 Calvin De Haan NYI LD 27 33 1 12 $3.3M
11 Thomas Vanek CBJ LW 34 80 24 56 $2M
12 Patrick Maroon NJD LW 30 74 17 43 $2M
13 Ian Cole CBJ LD 29 67 5 20 $2.1M
14 John Moore NJD LD 27 81 7 18 $1.67M
15 Jonathan Bernier COL G 29 37 2.85 .913 $2.75M
16 Riley Nash BOS C 29 76 15 41 $900K
17 Derek Ryan CAR C 31 80 15 38 $1.43M
18 Brooks Orpik COL LD 37 81 0 10 $5.5M
19 Anthony Duclair CHI LW 22 56 11 23 $1.2M
20 Michael Grabner NJD RW 30 70 27 36 $1.65M
21 Tobias Rieder LAK LW 25 68 12 25 $2.25M
22 Greg Pateryn DAL RD 27 73 1 13 $800K
23 Tomas Plekanec TOR C 35 77 6 26 $6M
24 Robin Lehner BUF G 26 53 3.01 .908 $2.25M
25 Jay Beagle WSH C 32 79 7 22 $1.75M
26 Leo Komarov TOR LW 31 74 7 19 $2.95M
27 Kyle Brodziak STL C 34 81 10 33 $950K
28 Valtteri Filppula PHI C 34 80 11 33 $5M
29 Dan Hamhuis DAL LD 35 80 3 24 $3.75M
30 Matt Calvert CBJ LW 28 69 9 24 $2.8M
31 Anton Khudobin BOS G 32 31 2.56 .913 $1.2M
32 Petr Mrazek PHI G 26 39 3.03 .902 $4M
33 Blake Comeau COL RW 32 79 13 34 $2.4M
34 Thomas Hickey NYI LD 29 69 5 25 $2.2M
35 Chris Kunitz TBL LW 38 82 13 29 $2M
36 Mark Letestu CBJ C 33 80 9 23 $1.8M
37 Scott Hartnell NSH LW 36 62 13 24 $1M
38 Ryan Reaves VGK RW 31 79 4 10 $1.13M
39 Nail Yakupov COL LW 24 58 9 16 $875K
40 Brian Gibbons NJD C 30 59 12 26 $650K
41 Tim Schaller BOS LW/C 27 82 12 22 $775K
42 Toby Enstrom WPG LD 33 43 1 6 $5.75M
43 Luca Sbisa VGK RD 28 30 2 14 $3.6M
44 Dylan DeMelo SJS RD 25 63 0 20 $650K
45 Andrej Sustr TBL RD 27 43 2 7 $1.95M
46 Nick Holden BOS RD 31 73 4 17 $1.65M
47 Xavier Ouellet DET LD 24 45 0 7 $1.25M
48 Brandon Manning PHI LD 27 65 7 19 $975K
49 Brandon Davidson NYI LD 26 51 4 7 $1.43M
50 Christian Folin LAK RD 27 65 3 13 $850K
51 Kari Lehtonen DAL G 34 37 2.56 .912 $5.9M
52 Antoine Vermette ANA C 35 64 8 16 $1.75M
53 Brad Richardson ARI RW 33 76 3 15 $2.08M
54 Antoine Roussel DAL LW 28 73 5 17 $2M
55 Derek Grant ANA C 28 66 12 24 $650K
56 Eric Fehr SJS C 32 18 3 4 $2M
57 Jaroslav Halak NYI G 33 54 3.19 .908 $4.5M
58 Ondrej Pavelec NYR G 30 19 3.05 .910 $1.3M
59 Alexei Emelin NSH LD 32 75 1 9 $4M
60 Cam Ward CAR G 34 43 2.73 .906 $3.3M
61 Nick Shore CGY RW 25 64 5 18 $925K
62 Matt Read PHI RW 31 33 7 16 $3.63M
63 Roman Polak TOR RD 32 53 2 12 $1.1M
64 Kris Versteeg CGY RW 32 24 3 8 $1.75M
65 Daniel Winnik MIN LW/C 33 81 6 23 $660K
66 Michael Hutchinson WPG G 28 3 3.26 .907 $1.15M
67 Matt Hendricks MIN LW 37 60 5 13 $700K
68 Scottie Upshall STL LW 34 63 7 19 $800K
69 Luke Schenn ARI RD 28 64 1 7 $1.25M
70 Daniel Carr MTL LW 26 38 6 16 $725K
71 Chris Wagner NYI C 27 79 7 16 $637K
72 Tommy Wingels BOS RW 30 75 9 17 $750K
73 Logan Shaw MTL C 25 72 4 14 $650K
74 Fredrik Claesson OTT LD 25 63 1 7 $650K
75 Shane Prince NYI LW 25 14 1 2 $850K
 

 

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