The NHL's unrestricted free-agent period begins on July 1. In the past, it was a time of frenzied signings, usually on the opening day as teams bid for the best available talent.
Due to the salary cap, however, teams have been re-signing more of their pending free-agent stars. As a result, in recent years the depth in free-agent talent has declined. Still, while there are no superstars available in this year's market, there's sufficient veteran talent at each position to generate interest among the league's general managers.
The following lists this year's top 30 free agents. Performance, age, style of play, leadership, experience, projected salary and market value factored in determining these rankings.