The annual NHL free agent frenzy will be commencing next month with teams eligible to sign players as of July 5th.
This should be an interesting summer for free agents with the salary cap shrinking and new restrictions being placed on contracts under the league's new collective bargaining agreement.
Here is a look at the top 10 available unrestricted free agents (UFAs) and where they would best fit in. Keep in mind that I have tried to include teams that have a realistic chance of signing players under the salary cap. I have tried to select two or three teams for each player although obviously these are not the only places each of these players would help.
While it is always possible a player can re-sign with their present team before free agency begins, I did not include present teams on the list for any of these potential free agents.
Also, only unrestricted free agents are eligible for this list, no restricted free agents (RFAs) will be included.
Also omitted are players like Teemu Selanne or Daniel Alfredsson who will either retire or re-sign with their present club if they decide to play another season in the NHL.
Feel free to comment on other teams that may be good fits for these players or other players you feel belong on the top 10 list.