Last year was a little disappointing for unrestricted free-agent signings. The majority of the bigger names, like Tomas Plekanec and Patrick Marleau, simply re-signed with their original clubs. It is early yet, but right now a wide range of top-quality players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1st.
Teams with holes may actually have an opportunity to add that checker, first-line center, sniper, shutdown defenseman, power-play quarterback or top-10 goalie, who could propel them to playoff success in 2011-12. Included is a list of players I think are the best UFAs currently available.
My thanks to www.sportscity.com for their list of available unrestricted free agents. I'd also like to thank hockeyrumour.com for their salary estimates. I used nhl.com and hockeydb.com for my statistical information. I have listed the player's name, position and last salary.