Top 7 NHL UFAs Still Available: Latest Updates

Vince Carbonneau
July 3, 2024  (10:48)

Daniel Sprong Detroit Red Wings
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NHL's Top Remaining UFAs: Latest Updates

NHL general managers dished out a record-setting $1.2 billion in player contracts on July 1, leaving only a handful of top UFA talents on the market. Despite the frenzy, several notable names and intriguing second- or third-tier players are still available.
Here's a quick rundown of the most intriguing UFAs still on the open market and the latest updates on their situations. Bargains, experienced veterans, and low-risk gambles are still out there for teams to find.
1. Vladimir Tarasenko
- Age: 32
- Position: RW
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $5 million
The 23-goal, 55-point winger may now be more of a middle-six threat, but Tarasenko remains a significant shooting threat with underrated defensive skills. While he might stay in Florida after winning a second Stanley Cup, the Penguins are reportedly interested in signing him. Tarasenko is expected to take a pay cut from the $5 million he earned with the Ottawa Senators last summer.
2. Daniel Sprong
- Age: 27
- Position: RW
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $2 million
Sprong, an analytics favorite, scored 18 goals and 43 points for the Detroit Red Wings in limited ice time. He is now searching for his sixth NHL team, with the Rangers and Maple Leafs potentially interested due to their need for affordable scoring wingers.
3. Jack Roslovic
- Age: 27
- Position: C / RW
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $4 million
After being rented by the Rangers for their playoff run, Roslovic proved his value with eight points in 16 games. Useful forwards in their 20s are rare on the open market, making Roslovic a smart choice for teams like the Flames, Ducks, and Sabres who need proven NHL talent.
4. Tyler Johnson
- Age: 32
- Position: C
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $5 million
Despite battling injuries and playing for a struggling Blackhawks team, Johnson scored 17 goals and 31 points in 67 games. The two-time Cup champion brings character, experience, and versatility, and he could be a valuable third-line center for a playoff contender.
5. Filip Zadina
- Age: 26
- Position: RW / LW
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $775,000
Zadina, a former sixth-overall pick, scored 13 goals for a weak Sharks team but was not qualified by them. Despite his minus-44 rating, Zadina has pedigree and potential, making him a potential low-risk, high-reward signing for a team willing to take a chance.
6. Calen Addison
- Age: 24
- Position: RD
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $825,000
Addison, a young right-shot defenseman who once earned All-Rookie Team votes, has been let go by both Minnesota and San Jose. Despite this, his low cost and potential make him an intriguing option for teams needing young defensemen.
7. John Klingberg
- Age: 31
- Position: RD
- 2023-24 Salary Cap Hit: $4.15 million
Klingberg, who averaged 20:33 minutes per game for the Maple Leafs before injuries took a toll, remains a valuable right-shot power-play quarterback. Although injury-prone, he could still land a tryout or short-term deal before training camp, as he seeks to rejuvenate his career at 31.
Top 7 NHL UFAs Still Available: Latest Updates

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