NHL’s Top 10 UFAs remaining: Latest rumours, reports (2022)

| September 10, 2021, 3:00 PM

September 10, 2021, 3:00 PM

School is in, there's a chill in the air, and training camp is fast approaching.

While little top-line talent remains unclaimed, more than few notable athletes are still without employment for the 2021-22 season.

General managers may need to bargain harder, and jobless players may need to lower their asking prices (or settle for tryouts). But there are still gems — or at least worthy gambles and depth additions — to be unearthed from 2021’s UFA class after the midsummer frenzy.

We round up the rumours and assess the value of the free agents who are taking a more patient approach this summer (in some cases, that’s even by choice) and are still up for grabs in September.

1. Tuukka Rask

Age: 34

Position: Goaltender

2020-21 salary cap hit: $7 million

The question isn’t whether Rask — a Vezina-winning, Cup-winning, Jennings-winning stud — is deserving of a rich, new short-term contract. The question is whether his body is up for one.

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Rask openly pondered 2021 retirement this past season and drew criticism in some (unkind) circles for departing the playoff bubble early to attend to a family matter.

He underwent surgery on a torn hip labrum in late July and says he could be ready to play as early as January. If and/or when he straps on the pads again, Rask only sees it being in Boston.

"For me, it's about that pride of playing for one team and one team only. I have no reason to chase the money anymore and go somewhere else. It's going to be one of those things where the Bruins are my home, Boston is my home. I've always wanted to play here, wanted to stay here. So the money won't be an issue. We had a conversation with [Bruins general manager Don Sweeney], and I will be a cheap goalie for them," Rask told WEEI 93.7 FM on Aug. 25.

"I would say I'm not looking for a $7 million contract anymore," he continued. "I just like to help the team out. I feel like I'm a veteran goalie and there are some young guys coming in, so whatever I can do to help the guys out I will do it and end my career as a Bruin."

The Bruins’ crease is already in overhaul mode, with Jaroslav Halak (Vancouver) and Dan Vladar (Calgary) moving on.

Expect Rask’s situation to simmer on the back burner, as the B’s roll into 2021-22 with a young, fresh tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.

“We needed to be prepared and allow Tuukka all the time he needs to get healthy. He just had surgery, spoke to him this morning, doing very well,” Sweeney said after signing Ullmark in free agency.

“We’ve always left the door open for Tuukka to return. And I think it just allows Jeremy to continue to progress at a natural rate but also give him the opportunity to be at the NHL level.

“When you’re trying to be a competitive team, you have to have depth. We felt that the last two playoffs, and we came up short. Now we’re trying to make sure that we’ve got the most competitive team we can, and identify if we have some needs going forward that we may have to have some changes as well.”

2. Jason Demers

Age: 33
Position: Defence
2020-21 salary cap hit: $4.5 million

Right-shot defencemen were scooped up fast and furious on July 28, but this former Coyotes blueliner and steady, stay-at-home veteran is still available.

Demers only registered four assists in 2021, but he’s still logging more than 17 minutes a night and driving play north despite starting the majority of his shifts in the D-zone.

Another $4.5-million payday is unlikely, but some team will scoop him up.

Thank you to all the Coyotes fans, my teammates , the training staff I’ll never forget the years I spent in the desert #howling #enjoyedeverymin excited to see what comes next in my career and this upcoming season

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— jason demers (@jasondemers5) July 28, 2021

3. Nikita Gusev

Age: 29
Position: Right wing / Left wing
2020-21 salary cap hit: $1 million

A right shot capable of playing either wing, Gusev made some noise in 2019-20 when he finally left the KHL, scoring 13 goals and 44 points in 66 games for a bad Devils squad.

The Russian's '21 campaign was split between New Jersey and Florida. His shooting percentage dropped, and he failed to find his groove in either lineup.

Gusev is only 29. He should have some game left, and he's garnered some interest on the market. Does he give the NHL another shot, or return to the KHL?

4. Travis Zajac

Age: 36
Position: Centre
2020-21 salary cap hit: $5.75 million

Like so many other veteran Islanders who are technically unrestricted free agents, there is a quiet assumption that bottom-six centreman Zajac may have a deal in principle to return to the Eastern Conference finalists.

At this stage in a career, Zajac should be signing a one-year contract near the league minimum.

Despite seeing his 1,000th game drift in the rear-view mirror, the durable Zajac can still play.

He’ll kill penalties, chip in a bit of offence (20 points in 46 games in 2021), and remains an excellent faceoff asset, with a career 53.8 per cent success rate in the dot.

5. Sami Vatanen

Age: 30
Position: Defence
2020-21 salary cap hit: $2 million

My how Vatanen’s stock has fallen since his days as an emerging Anaheim Duck. The right-shot D-man still has some offensive upside and could thrive in third-pairing minutes.

Bouncing from Anaheim to New Jersey to Carolina to New Jersey to Dallas over the past four seasons, there is still belief that if Vatanen finds the proper fit, he could resurrect his career and celebrate his 500th game this upcoming season.

Righties are tough to come by. The Islanders and Oilers are two teams that could poke around for depth here.

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Not a lot left on the UFA market when it comes to centres. On defense I think Sami Vatanen would be an interesting player to take a flier on as a bottom pair right hand shot defenseman.

— HabsLinks (@HabsLinks) July 29, 2021

6. Zdeno Chara

Age: 44
Position: Defence
2020-21 salary cap hit: $795,000

The oldest and tallest man in the NHL hasn't retired yet, so it remains unknown if his career ended in a handshake line against the Boston Bruins or if he'll give it another go on a one-year, team-friendly contract.

“Z is in Slovakia spending time with family. He is working out hard and leaving all of his options open. There is no rush on anything with him," Chara's agent, Matt Keator, told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.

Last season, Chara didn't sign with the Washington Capitals until about a week before training camp. If he's interested, we're certain a few GMs will kick tires at a third-pairing leader and excellent penalty killer.

During Chara's season-ending Zoom call, he was unsure if he’d play a 24th season.

“This season didn’t end the way we wanted, but that’s life,” Chara said.

“You have to move on. As far as myself and my future, I’m probably going to take a few days to talk to my family and make decisions after. I think that, obviously, it’s not always a decision I can make myself. Sometimes there are things in life you have to realize. I have to have those conversations with my wife and my children and see where we’re going to be in the next two days or weeks. After those conversations, I’ll probably let those emotions settle in and see where I’m at.”

Despite rumblings of the Blues' interest in the future Hall of Famer, that idea has been shot down in multiple reports.

"I’ve heard him linked to the Islanders recently, but it was more of hearsay and speculation," an anonymous source told Jimmy Murphy for an Aug. 19 story. "It makes a ton of sense but then look at the Rangers too; imagine Adam Fox getting even better under a mentor like Zee?”

7. Ryan Donato

Age: 25
Position: Centre / Left wing
2018-19 salary cap hit: $1.9 million

Rare that 25-year-old NHL centres appear on the open market. But with the San Jose Sharks trading for Donato in 2020 and not deeming the forward worth a qualifying offer in 2021, here we are.

The Boston native is coming off back-to-back 20-point seasons in shortened campaigns are should be able to find a bottom-six niche in the league.

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But with a non-playoff club like the Sharks taking a pass, Donato's bargaining power has taken a hit. A short-term, low-money gamble could help Donato rejuvenate his career and wouldn't be a bad gamble for clubs looking for depth up the middle.

Donato was drafted by his hometown Bruins back in 2014 and is already looking to join his fourth franchise.

Or Ryan Donato, a bottom six forward who had a big finishing bump last season that vanished this year. #SJSharks pic.twitter.com/Ho4xgZGtRG

— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 26, 2021

8. Alex Galchenyuk

Age: 27
Position: Centre / Wing
2020-21 salary cap hit: $1.05 million

Feeling as if his NHL career was on the line, the determined winger certainly showed flashes in Toronto alongside John Tavares and William Nylander.

He’s exploring his options. Toronto has yet to close the door (at least publicly) on a return, and even the team that drafted Galchenyuk (Montreal) is said to have some level of interest in a reunion.

His last contract was one year at $1.05 million. Would he take that again?

9. Tyler Bozak

Age: 35
Position: Centre
2020-21 salary cap hit: $5 million

Of all the unrestricted free agents unclaimed by September, none averaged more points per game in 2021 than Bozak. Most recently a third-line centre with the St. Louis Blues, the dependable but aging two-way pivot is in for a significant pay cut.

Still, Bozak is a Cup champ who should still be able to kill penalties, win faceoffs and chip in bottom-six scoring.

While buzz around potential landing spots has been quiet, the Montreal Canadiens should at least take a look in light of Phillip Danault’s departure to L.A. And if St. Louis finds a way to unload Vladimir Tarasenko, perhaps there’s a clearer path to keep Bozak in the fold. Both sides have interest, but money — as ever — is an issue. Bozak is still in St. Louis skating with some of his 2020-21 teammates, according to local reports.

10. Zach Parise

Age: 37
Position: Left wing
2020-21 salary cap hit: $7.5 million

Following his summer buyout from the Minnesota Wild, the 1,060-game veteran is set for a reunion with Lou Lamoriello — the GM who selected Parise in the first round of the 2003 draft.

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Between the healthy scratches and the underwhelming production (seven goals, 18 points) in 2021, Parise will have a shot at a nice bounce-back season as a role player for the New York Islanders. Details of his contract have yet to be announced.

More notable UFAs still on the market: Eric Staal, Bobby Ryan, Devan Dubnyk, James Neal, Erik Gustafsson, Jimmy Vesey, Brian Boyle (PTO with PIT), Alex Chiasson, Tyler Ennis, Tobias Rieder, Artem Anisimov, Mark Jankowski, Colton Sceviour, Lucas Wallmark, Marcus Hogberg, Curtis McElhinney, Ben Hutton, Patrick Marleau, Jack Johnson (PTO with COL), Josh Ho-Sang (PTO with TOR)

All salary info via the excellent CapFriendly.com.

FAQs

Who is a free agent in the nhl in 2022? ›

2022 NHL Free Agents
Player (189 of 370)Pos.Average
$2,356,250
Johnny GaudreauLW$9,750,000
Nazem KadriC$7,000,000
Vincent TrocheckC$5,625,000
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What does Ufa mean in hockey? ›

If a team does not send a qualifying offer to their RFA they become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) on July 1. Stipulations for qualifying offers include: offering at least a one-year contract and offer at least 100% of their previous salary.

What is a restricted free agent NHL? ›

A restricted free agent (RFA) is a type of free agent in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), or National Basketball Association (NBA). Such players have special restrictions on the terms under which they can retain or change employment status with their athletic club teams.

How do UFAs work in NHL? ›

– Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) are completely free to negotiate and sign a contract with any team without any penalties or restrictions, rights of refusal or compensation to their existing team.

Who did the best in NHL free agency? ›

1. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames, UFA, (signed with the Blue Jackets on a seven-year, $68.6 million) Gaudreau picked the perfect year to break out for a career season. He was one of just eight players to hit 100 points this season.

How much cap space do the Oilers have? ›

With defenceman Oscar Klefbom and, we'll assume, goalie Mike Smith on LTIR next season, the Oilers take $20.57 million in cap space into the summer, according to puckpedia.com.

Can a restricted free agent be traded? ›

While restricted free agents can be signed and traded, this is not allowed if that player has signed an offer sheet with another team. The team receiving the player cannot have a payroll that exceeds the so-called "apron"—a designated level above the NBA luxury tax threshold—after the trade.

Can you buy out a player with a NMC? ›

No Movement Clause (NMC): A player cannot be traded or placed on waivers without permission. Waivers are needed to send players to AHL. Modified No Trade or No Movement (M-NTC or M-NMC): Players submit a list of teams they can or cannot be traded to. Language & # of Teams varies by contract.

Does hockey have a salary cap? ›

As part of the new CBA, the salary cap will remain at $81.5 million for the 2020–21 NHL season. Future increases will occur incrementally until the league recovers from the financial impact of the pandemic.

Can a RFA be traded in NHL? ›

The only leverage a good RFA has against the club in signing a contract is to sit out and not play. The only way a good RFA can get to another team is if the NHL team that holds their rights trades them.

What is the difference between a restricted and unrestricted free agent? ›

Unrestricted free agent = Player is free to go anywhere. Restricted free agent = Player is still contracted by current team, if a another team wants this player they must buy them.

How does a player become a restricted free agent? ›

For a player to become a restricted free agent, his team must submit a qualifying offer to the player between the day after the last game of the NBA Finals and June 29. The qualifying offer is a standing offer for a one-year guaranteed deal, which becomes a regular contact if the player decides to sign it.

Can NHL teams talk to players before free agency? ›

Teams can meet with any of the players currently on their team and negotiate a contract extension prior to the start of free agency. In addition, players that are set to be free agents can be traded to another team, and that club can then sign them before the market opens on Wednesday.

Do NHL players get paid in the off season? ›

A common misconception is that NHL players only get paid per game, which just simply isn't true. NHL Players do not get paid per game, they earn money daily throughout the regular season and are paid out semimonthly.

How much is NHL entry level contract? ›

NHL entry-level contracts and salaries

Any player younger than 25 as of September 15 during the year of their first contract must sign an entry-level contract, according to CapFriendly. Every entry-level contract is a two-way deal and the maximum salary for a player that is drafted in 2022 is set at $925,000 annually.

Who are the best NHL free agents left? ›

Here's a look at seven significant names that are still on the free agent market with less than a month before the start of training camps.
  • P.K. Subban, D. Age: 33 | 2021-22 cap hit: $9 million.
  • Evan Rodrigues, C. ...
  • Keith Yandle, D. ...
  • Joe Thornton, C. ...
  • Sonny Milano, LW. ...
  • Danny DeKeyser, D. ...
  • Zdeno Chara, D.
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Who has the most points in the NHL 2022 season? ›

NHL Stats - Player Points Leader 2021-2022
  • C. McDavid. EDM. C. 314. 123.
  • J. Gaudreau. CAL. LW. 262. 115.
  • L. Draisaitl. EDM. C. 278. 110.
  • K. Kaprizov. MIN. LW. 289. 108.
  • S. Stamkos. TB. C. 241. 106.
  • M. Tkachuk. CAL. LW. 253. 104.
  • J. Miller. VAN. C. 206. ...
  • R. Josi. NAS. D. 281.

Who have the Leafs signed in free agency? ›

Kyle Dubas signed the following seven players via free agency, goaltenders Dennis Hildeby, and Ilya Samsonov. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Calle Jarnkrok, Adam Gaudette, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and most recently defensive players Jordie Benn and Victor Mete.

How much do AHL players make? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $122,500 and as low as $18,000, the majority of salaries within the AHL jobs category currently range between $31,000 (25th percentile) to $62,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $99,000 annually across the United States.

How much cap space will the Oilers have in 2022 2023? ›

The Oilers could use a little financial prop in this upcoming offseason. Unfortunately, that bump is just 1 million. This takes the upper limit from 81.5 million to 82.5 million, which, well, isn't a whole lot in the grand scheme of things when you're running a professional sports team.

Does Ltir count against the cap? ›

Despite the common misconception, LTIR does not remove a Cap Hit from a team's overall Cap Hit, it just potentially allows the team to exceed the salary cap. While on LTIR, Cap Space is no longer accrued, meaning any portion of the LTIR pool not used cannot be used later.

How long can a player be a free agent? ›

Definition. Players become free agents upon reaching six years of Major League service time or when they are released from their organization prior to reaching six years of service time. A free agent is eligible to sign with any club for any terms to which the two parties can agree.

How do 3 team trades work? ›

A 3-team trade in basketball is when three different teams work together towards a deal to trade players, draft picks, or cash. 3-team trades can involve any combination of the three teams trading with each other.

What does renounce right mean? ›

A renounceable right is an invitation to a company's existing shareholders to buy additional new shares in the company. Shareholders have the "right" to increase their investment exposure in the company's stock. However, shareholders can renounce that right, meaning that they can trade those rights on the open market.

Does buyout affect salary cap? ›

In ordinary-course buyouts, the team's NHL salary cap hit for the player is stretched over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. Compliance buyouts follow the same formula as ordinary-course buyouts but do not count against the cap.

What happens when a player is bought out? ›

A buyout usually takes place in case a player and a team want to part ways. During this process, the player will have to pay back a specific amount that they have agreed on in the contract. This total amount will usually not be the full amount specified by the contract.

What is a no movement clause? ›

No Movement Clause (NMC)

No Movement means the player cannot be waived, assigned to minors, or traded without approval. This also means they cannot be exposed in an Expansion Draft and must be protected.

Which NHL team spends the most money? ›

The team that spent the most on players' salaries over these nine seasons are the New York Rangers, who spent a total of $517,076,928 for players, averaging $57,452,992 per season.

Who is the highest paid hockey player? ›

The Colorado Avalanche have signed star forward Nathan MacKinnon to an eight-year extension worth $12.6 million annually, making him the highest-paid player in the NHL. The contract, worth $100.8 million in its entirety, doesn't kick in until 2023-24.

How heavy is the Stanley Cup? ›

The Stanley Cup: Imperfectly Perfect

Without fail, it is accepted eagerly and then hoisted effortlessly toward the sky despite its unwieldy combination of height (35.25 inches) and weight (34.5 pounds).

Can teams walk away from arbitration? ›

For Player elected arbitration, the Team can walk away if the award is $4,538,958M or more in 2020. If they walk away, the player becomes a UFA.

What happens when an NHL player does not file for arbitration? ›

If a team elects to decline the decision made by the arbitrator, then the player becomes an unrestricted free agent and they can sign with any team.

How do RFA tenders work? ›

RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers ("tenders") that come with the right of first refusal and/or draft-pick compensation. If the tender is withdrawn by a team, the RFA becomes an unrestricted free agent.

What is a qualifying offer? ›

A qualifying offer is designed to give a player's current team the right of first refusal. Because the qualifying offer acts as the first formal contract offer a free agent receives, his team then has the option to match any offer sheet the player signs with another club.

Can a free agent be signed at any time? ›

Players who do not have a contract with a club are known as free agents. Free agents can sign for any team at any time in the yea due to the fact that they are not tied to any current club.

What does it mean to tender a player? ›

To "tender" a contract to a player is to agree to give a contract for the upcoming season to a player who is under club control.

Is Steph Curry a free agent? ›

Maximum veteran extension, 105% of 2021-22 salary.
...
Current Contract.
Contract:4 yr(s) / $215,353,664
Free Agent:2026 / UFA
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Can RFA be traded NBA? ›

-For one year after exercising the right of first refusal to keep a restricted free agent. The player must consent to a trade to any team, although he cannot be traded to the team that signed him to the offer sheet.

What is free agent in football? ›

A free agent in football is one who has been released by a club or his contract expires, and he decides not to renew his stay and starts to search for another club.

How long is an NHL player a restricted free agent? ›

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT GROUPS
First SPC Signing AgeYears of Professional Experience
18-21 years old*3 years
22-23 years old2 years
24 years or older1 year

How long does an NHL team own a players rights? ›

Players can only enter the NHL Draft twice. For college NCAA players that have been drafted, NHL teams retain their rights until 30 days after the player has left college.

When can NHL free agents talk to other teams? ›

UFA's are free to sign with any team, and their previous team receives no compensation. UFA's can begin meeting and interviewing with all teams on the day after the Entry Draft (or June 25 at the latest). They cannot sign contracts with new teams until July 1 at 12pm Eastern.

How much money does an NHL player take home? ›

Conclusion. NHL players certainly aren't hurting for money. With a minimum salary of $700,000 for the 2019-2020 season, they are some of the highest paid people in the world and should be set for life if they manage their money correctly.

How much is a Stanley Cup ring? ›

Each ring usually cost between $20,000 to $25,000.

How much do NHL players make on pension? ›

How Much is the NHL Pension? The maximum amount that players can earn with their pension is capped at $255,000. This number is accrued after a player has been in the league for 10 years and reached full-service requirements as laid out in the CBA.

Do NHL refs get paid? ›

The average NHL referee salary figure is between $165,000 and $360,000 per year. Referees officiating non-professional hockey typically earn less than $50 per game. NHL linesman earn slightly less than NHL referees, with the average NHL linesman earning between $110,000 and $235,000 per year.

What is NHL league minimum salary? ›

The NHL's minimum wage is scheduled to increase in the coming years reaching $650,000 in 2017-2018, $700,000 in 2019-2020, and $750,000 in 2021-2022. The maximum player salary shall remain at 20% of team salary cap during this span.

How much do NHL draftees make? ›

NHL entry-level contracts and salaries

Any player younger than 25 as of September 15 during the year of their first contract must sign an entry-level contract, according to CapFriendly. Every entry-level contract is a two-way deal and the maximum salary for a player that is drafted in 2022 is set at $925,000 annually.

Is Matthew Tkachuk a free agent? ›

Tkachuk, who was a restricted free agent, told the Flames he wasn't going to sign a long-term extension with the club, Sportsnet's Eric Francis reported Wednesday. Calgary filed for club-elected salary arbitration to avoid the possibility of losing Tkachuk to another team via offer sheet.

Is Kris Letang a free agent? ›

The Penguins agreed to a six-year, $36.6 million contract extension with their star defenseman on Thursday afternoon. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent when free agency opens on July 14. The contract will run through the 2027-28 season and has an average annual value of $6.1 million.

What day does NHL free agency start? ›

The 2022 NHL offseason is in full swing, as the draft is now in the rearview mirror and teams look to mold their rosters via trades and re-signings. While the start of free agency is traditionally July 1, it began this year on Wednesday because of the shifted schedule of the 2021-22 season.

What time does free agency start in the NHL? ›

NHL free agency, the most exciting time of the league's offseason, starts Wednesday at noon ET. To get hockey fans up to speed, we put together this guide about what to expect, what teams and players to watch and what could happen in the days and weeks to come.

Who won the Matthew Tkachuk trade? ›

Matthew Tkachuk was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Calgary Flames on Friday for forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. Tkachuk, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to an eight-year contract with Florida that takes the forward through the 2029-30 season.

How much does Matthew Tkachuk make a year? ›

Current Contract

Matthew Tkachuk signed a 8 year / $76,000,000 contract with the Florida Panthers, including a $68,000,000 signing bonus, $76,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $9,500,000.

Will Matthew Tkachuk resign with Flames? ›

The Calgary Flames are expected to trade forward Matthew Tkachuk after he told the team he will not sign a long-term extension, an NHL source confirmed to ESPN. The news was first reported by The Athletic.

How much money Does Kris Letang make a year? ›

Did Kris Letang retire? ›

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they signed pending-UFA Kris Letang to a retirement contract on Thursday. Letang's deal will net the 35-year-old rearguard $6.1 million per season over the next six years. One player that was particularly happy about Tanger's new contract was Evgeni Malkin.

How much does Jake guentzel make a year? ›

Guentzel tied Sidney Crosby for the Penguins points lead, in both the regular season and playoffs. He makes $6 million a year.

Can NHL teams talk to players before free agency? ›

Teams can meet with any of the players currently on their team and negotiate a contract extension prior to the start of free agency. In addition, players that are set to be free agents can be traded to another team, and that club can then sign them before the market opens on Wednesday.

When can NHL free agents talk to other teams? ›

UFA's are free to sign with any team, and their previous team receives no compensation. UFA's can begin meeting and interviewing with all teams on the day after the Entry Draft (or June 25 at the latest). They cannot sign contracts with new teams until July 1 at 12pm Eastern.

How does a player become a restricted free agent? ›

For a player to become a restricted free agent, his team must submit a qualifying offer to the player between the day after the last game of the NBA Finals and June 29. The qualifying offer is a standing offer for a one-year guaranteed deal, which becomes a regular contact if the player decides to sign it.

How long does an NHL team own a players rights? ›

Players can only enter the NHL Draft twice. For college NCAA players that have been drafted, NHL teams retain their rights until 30 days after the player has left college.

Who have the Leafs signed in free agency? ›

Kyle Dubas signed the following seven players via free agency, goaltenders Dennis Hildeby, and Ilya Samsonov. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Calle Jarnkrok, Adam Gaudette, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and most recently defensive players Jordie Benn and Victor Mete.

What is a Group 6 free agent? ›

Group 6 free agents (must be elected by the player): Players who have reached age 25, who have 3 accrued years of professional experience (that is, beyond junior or collegiate hockey), and whose contracts have expired, but have played less than: 80 NHL games played for forwards and defensemen.

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