NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available players | Sporting News

Charles Dickens opened “A Tale of Two Cities” with: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” – currently what the hockey world calls, free agency.

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Some of the biggest names in the game will be available come 12 p.m. ET on July 1 as unrestricted free agents. Where they’ll land is anyone’s guess, but the salary cap rising only $2 million to $81.5 million does impact who can reel in a big fish and who will net a group of minnows.

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Already off the list is one of the biggest fish of them all in defenseman Erik Karlsson, who signed a mega-contract – eight-year, $92 million – to stay in San Jose. Philadelphia also concluded a trade-and-sign with Kevin Hayes, reuniting the forward with his former head coach Alain Vigneault.

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As for the restricted free agents, will we see the first offer sheet since 2013? The list of players available consists of the superstars of today and tomorrow – especially in Mitch Marner, Jordan Binnington, Brayden Point and Mikko Rantanen. The only question is whether or not a GM will risk their next four first-round draft picks for one of these surefire stars.

Sporting News has all the top free agent signings for you right here.

NHL free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2019

Top 50 UFA players available

Player Pos. 2018-19 team(s) 2019-20 team
1. Artemi Panarin LW Blue Jackets
2. Matt Duchene C Senators/Blue Jackets
3. Sergei Bobrovsky G Blue Jackets
4. Joe Pavelski C Sharks
5. Corey Perry RW Ducks
6. Robin Lehner G Islanders
7. Wayne Simmonds RW Flyers/Predators
8. Mats Zuccarello LW Rangers/Stars
9. Marcus Johansson LW Devils/Bruins
10. Gustav Nyquist C Red Wings/Sharks
11. Tyler Myers D Jets
12. Jake Gardiner D Maple Leafs
13. Anders Lee LW Islanders
14. Ryan Dzingel C Senators/Blue Jackets
15. Anton Stralman D Lightning
16. Micheal Ferland LW Hurricanes
17. Patrick Marleau C Maple Leafs
18. Semyon Varlamov G Avalanche
19. Joe Thornton C Sharks
20. Petr Mrazek G Hurricanes
21. Brett Connolly RW Capitals
22. Brandon Tanev LW Jets
23. Brian Boyle C Devils/Predators
24. Cam Talbot G Oilers/Flyers
25. Justin Williams RW Hurricanes
26. Dion Phaneuf D Kings
27. Valeri Nichushkin RW Dallas Stars
28. Ron Hainsey D Maple Leafs
29. Derick Brassard C Penguins/Panthers/Avalanche
30. Pat Maroon LW Blues
31. Valtteri Filppula C Islanders
32. Joonas Donskoi RW Sharks
33. Jason Spezza C Stars
34. Mike Smith G Flames
35. Curtis McElhinney G Hurricanes
36. Andrej Sekera D Oilers
37. Tyler Ennis LW Maple Leafs
38. Deryk Engelland D Golden Knights
39. Noel Acciari C Bruins
40. Nathan Beaulieu D Sabres/Jets
41. Thomas Vanek LW Red Wings
42. Luke Schenn D Ducks/Canucks
43. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare C Golden Knights
44. Riley Sheahan C Penguins/Panthers
45. Richard Panik RW Coyotes
46. Gregg McKegg C Hurricanes
47. Ryan Hartman RW Predators/Flyers
48. Jason Pominville RW Sabres
49. Keith Kinkaid G Devils/Blue Jackets
50. Michael Del Zotto D Blues

Top 20 RFA players available

Player Pos. 2018-19 team 2019-20 team
1. Mitch Marner RW Maple Leafs
2. Jordan Binnington G Blues
3. Mikko Rantanen RW Avalanche
4. Sebastian Aho C Hurricanes
5. Brayden Point C Lightning
6. Patrik Laine RW Jets
7. Kyle Connor LW Jets
8. Brock Boeser RW Canucks
9. Timo Meier RW Sharks
10. Matthew Tkachuk LW Flames
11. Kevin Labanc RW Sharks
12. Jacob Trouba D Jets
13. Zach Werenski D Blue Jackets
14. Charlie McAvoy D Bruins
15. David Rittich G Flames
16. Ivan Provorov D Flyers
17. Ryan Donato C Bruins/Wild
18. Jakub Vrana LW Capitals
19. Travis Konecny RW Flyers
20. Pavel Buchnevich RW Rangers

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