It’s a light day for actual trade & free-agent rumors and speculation, so here’s the latest ranking of this summer’s top UFAs and a preview of next summer’s top free agents.


 

 

Steven Stamkos and Loui Eriksson tops the list of this summer's notable unrestricted free agents.

Steven Stamkos and Loui Eriksson tops the list of this summer’s notable unrestricted free agents.

 TSN’s Top-30 NHL 2016 Unrestricted Free Agents.

TSN.CA: Frank Seravalli recently unveiled his network’s Top-30 UFA rankings.

  1. Steven Stamkos
  2. Loui Eriksson
  3. Milan Lucic
  4. Kyle Okposo
  5. Mikkel Boedker
  6. David Backes
  7. Andrew Ladd
  8. Keith Yandle
  9. Troy Brouwer
  10. Jason Demers
  11. James Reimer
  12. Frans Nielsen
  13. Dan Hamhuis
  14. David Perron
  15. Roman Polak
  16. Jiri Hudler
  17. Kris Russell
  18. Brian Campbell
  19. Lee Stempniak
  20. Alex Goligoski
  21. Eric Staal
  22. Luke Schenn
  23. Jamie McGinn
  24. Radim Vrbata
  25. Teddy Purcell
  26. Kris Versteeg
  27. Dale Weise
  28. P.A. Parenteau
  29. Kyle Quincey
  30. Cam Ward

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rather than guess where these players could end up, I’m instead speculating that Lucic, Backes, Nielsen, Hamhuis, Campbell and Goligoski will be re-signed by their current clubs. That still leaves plenty of talent available in the UFA market come July. I’ll leave the “where will they sign?” speculation up to you folks. Feel free to weigh in with your take on this in the comments section below. 

2017 NHL Potential UFAs.

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox listed Dallas Stars center Jamie Benn, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, San Jose Sharks blueliner Brent Burns, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, Sharks center Joe Thornton, St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, Boston Bruins right wing Brad Marchand, Blues rearguard Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues forward Alexander Steen, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Stars winger Patrick Sharp as his top potential UFAs in 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of these, I expect Benn, Hedman, Burns and Marchand will be re-signed by their current clubs. If Andrei Vasilievskiy proves himself ready to become the Lightning’s full-time starter, Bishop could be traded next year or allowed to walk via free agency. Shattenkirk will probably be traded this summer and I expect he’ll sign a lengthy contract extension with his new club. With Thornton and Marleau now in their late-thirties, I can see the Sharks parting ways with both guys after next season.