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July 1 is a very exciting day in the NHL circles. For years, it was known as the day where GM’s around the league lost their minds. The last few years, that hasn’t really been the case because the salary cap hasn’t moved, but that might change this summer. We’ll find out today what happens, but the best free agents are already off the board. Tampa Bay made their choice and has chosen Jake Guentzel over Steven Stamkos. Meanwhile, Sam Reinhart, as many expected, is staying in Florida. Must be the taxes!

When free agency officially opens, it sounds like the signings will be announced real fast. We’ll list out the top free agents that will be available here, and will be tracking every move when it starts.

Chris MacFarland is expected to meet with the media on Monday to discuss a variety of things. I’m sure Jonathan Drouin, no matter what happens, will be one. I’m interested in finding out if they have a timeline on when Ilya Nabokov will be over in the NHL.

Colorado Hockey Now

Speaking of Nabokov, I spoke to a goaltending scout who discussed his best trait and his greatest concern whenever Nabokov does make his way to the NHL. (+)

Development camp starts on Wednesday, and Nabokov won’t be there. One goalie who will be there is DU’s Matt Davis.

Just some final thoughts before free agency and after NHL Draft weekend.

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News And Rumors

The Athletic: The rumors began yesterday, but it all became official on Sunday. Carolina moved his rights for a third round pick to Tampa Bay, and it appears they’re going to sign Jake Guentzel.

Well, he’s younger than Steven Stamkos, but it’ll be interesting to see how this move works out in the locker room. Stamkos was their captain and now they’re (probably) getting rid of him for someone else.

Detroit Hockey Now: I don’t quite understand what Steve Yzerman is doing. After it was widely rumored that he’d be leaving town, the Red Wings managed to get a one-year deal done with Patrick Kane.

I’ll be interested to know what blah defenseman he throws a lot of money at on Monday.

Daily Faceoff: There will be quite a few new free agents on the market, as a handful of interesting players did not get qualifying offers.

We still seem to have no numbers for anything, but Sam Reinhart won’t be hitting the open market.

Free Agency Primer

Just like last year, I’ll have a tracker up and running around the start of free agency to keep track of who signed where. It’ll also come with analysis.

Free agency officially opens at 10 AM MST, but it sounds like a lot of the deals are already done, so expect plenty of announcements then.

Here are the top free agents set to hit the market, listed out but not in any particular order…

  1. D Brandon Montour
  2. C Elias Lindholm
  3. W Steven Stamkos
  4. D Brett Pesce
  5. W Jonathan Marchessault
  6. W Tyler Bertuzzi
  7. C Chandler Stephenson
  8. W Jake Debrusk
  9. D Brady Skjei
  10. D Nikita Zadorov
  11. W Tuevo Teravainen
  12. D Matt Roy
  13. C Sean Monahan
  14. W Tyler Toffoli
  15. W Vladimir Tarasenko
  16. C Adam Henrique
  17. D Sean Walker
  18. D Chris Tanev
  19. W David Perron
  20. W Anthony Mantha
  21. W Jonathan Drouin
  22. W Warren Foegele
  23. G Laurent Brossoit
  24. W Viktor Arvidsson
  25. W Stefan Noesen
  26. C Alex Wennberg
  27. D Oliver Ekman-Larsson
  28. D Matt Dumba
  29. C Jordan Martinook
  30. W Connor Brown
  31. W Yakov Trenin
  32. D Brenden Dillon
  33. D Joel Edmundson
  34. W Jason Zucker
  35. D Tyson Barrie

There are obviously a lot more than these guys, but as you can see, not the greatest year for to go shopping as an NHL GM with money to spend. We will see if the trade market is active as well. As far as I know, all new clauses were activated at midnight, including Ross Colton’s no-trade clause.

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