July 22, 2024

NHL free agent rankings: Guentzel, Montour among top options


The NHL offseason comes at you fast.

The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils made huge trades in between Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The NHL draft is next week. Less than 48 hours after the second day of the draft ends inside Sphere in Las Vegas, the offseason free agent frenzy begins on July 1.

It is anyone’s guess how many of the names on our 2024 NHL free agent tiers will make it to the open market, or how many more names could be added through buyouts and teams walking away from restricted free agents.

As mentioned in our offseason primer, the salary cap being set at $88 million means more money in the system for teams to sign depth players — or add some extra dollars to deals that entice bigger-name free agents to join their teams.

“The free agent market is what it is, but now there’s more money in the system,” one team executive said. “I think you’ll see contracts where you’re going to go, ‘Oh my god’ based on the last five years under the cap.”

Here’s a look at close to 100 players in the unrestricted free agent field, organized into seven different tiers.



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