Top 30 Free Agents for 2023

The NHL playoffs are still rolling on, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about free agency with July 1 fast approaching. At one point, the upcoming UFA class was shaping up to be one of the strongest in years. Established scorers such as Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane still headline the crop, but with Dylan Larkin and David Pastrnak recently signing lucrative extensions, as well as J.T. Miller last summer, the class took a significant hit in terms of top-end talent.  

Tarasenko and Kane could see pricey contracts coming their way, but it will be in new uniforms. Both players are with the New York Rangers after getting dealt to them ahead of the 2023 trade deadline. Perhaps one of them will stay in Manhattan beyond this season, but the Rangers’ cap situation will make it difficult to retain both. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci will be UFAs, though it’s probably safe to assume both forwards will likely continue playing for the Bruins if they don’t decide to hang up the skates.

Vladimir Tarasenko New York Rangers
New York Rangers winger Vladimir Tarasenko (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Still, there are other potential UFAs that will end up being attractive to teams looking to bolster their rosters in July. What will happen to Max Pacioretty after he tore his Achilles for a second time in less than a year? If the Carolina Hurricanes don’t re-sign him, he could be a bargain option as a UFA if a team is willing to take a chance on him. If the Tampa Bay Lightning don’t re-sign Alex Killorn, he’d bring valuable veteran experience to a team ready for a deep playoff run.

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Even after the first tier of free agents, the second tier should provide teams with valuable scoring depth while not costing back-breaking amounts of money on lengthy contracts. Jason Zucker had a rebound season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Max Domi played well for a struggling Blackhawks squad and has been a key factor in the Dallas Stars making a deep playoff run. In net, there are some intriguing options in Tristan Jarry, Joonas Korpisalo, and Semyon Varlamov.

With free agency now less than two months away, we’ll expand this list to 30 players. It will receive updates as needed if players re-sign with their current teams ahead of free agency. Without further ado, Here are our top 30 free agents (all stats are from the regular season).

Top 30 UFAs for 2023

RankPlayerPositionAgeGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPointsTeam Cap Hit
1Patrick KaneRW34 73213556CHI/NYR$10.5 million
2Vladimir TarasenkoRW3169183250STL/NYR $7.5 million
3Dmitry OrlovD316672936WSH/BOS$5.1 million
4Alex KillornLW/RW3482273764TBL$4.45 million
5Michael BuntingRW2782232649TOR$950,000
6Jason ZuckerLW/RW3178272148PIT$5.1 million
7Damon SeversonD288172633NJD$4,166,666
8Ryan O’ReillyC3253161430STL/TOR$7.5 million
9Max DomiLW/C2880203656CHI/DAL$3 million
10Tyler BertuzziLW/RW285082230DET/BOS$4.75 million
11Tristan Jarry G28472.90 GAA.909 SV%PIT$3.5 million
12Max PaciorettyRW345303CAR$6 million
13Ivan BarbashevF2782162945STL/VGK$2.25 million
14J.T. CompherC2882173552COL$3.5 million
15Vladislav GavrikovD27723710CBJ/LAK$2.8 million
16Shayne GostisbehereD3075132841ARI/CAR$4.5 million
17Ryan Graves D287881826NJD$3,166,667
18Joonas KorpisaloG28392.87 GAA.914 SV%CBJ/LAK$1.3 million
19Tomáš TatarLW/RW3282202848NJD$4.5 million
20Carson SoucyD287831316SEA$2.75 million
21 Jordan Staal C3481171734CAR$6 million
22Semyon VarlamovG35232.70 GAA.913 SV%NYI $5 million
23Erik GustafssonD317073542WSH/TOR$800,000
24Evan RodriguesC/RW2969162339COL$2 million
25Erik HaulaC/LW3280142741NJD$2.375 million
26Frederik AndersenG33342.48 GAA.903 SV%CAR$4.5 million
27Pierre EngvallLW2776171330TOR/NYI$2.25 million
28Connor CliftonD287851823BOS$1 million
29Alexander KerfootC/LW2882102232TOR$3.5 million
30Garnet HathawayRW318413922WSH/BOS$1.5 million