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2013 Top 25 NHL Free Agents

Here is a look at our top 2013 NHL free agents a week before free agency starts. Players who have already signed with their teams have been removed for our final rankings.

When coming up with our rankings, we took into consideration a players age, position, if they’ll test the free agent market, and their value in three plus years and not just for next season. An example is comparing the 26-year old Tyler Bozak at #12 and 36-year old Patrick Elias at #18. If you look at the next year or two, Elias would rank higher, but if you are looking longer term, Bozak gets the nod.

Rk. Player Team Pos Age 2012-13
Cap Hit
Notes
1 Vincent Lecavalier
C 33 $7,727,273 Signed with the Flyers. 5 years, $22.5 million.
2 Valtteri Filppula
C/LW 28 $3,000,000 Signed with the Lightning. 5 years, $25 million
3 Mike Smith
G 30 $2,000,000 Re-signed with the Coyotes. 6 years, $34 million.
4 David Clarkson
RW 28 $2,666,667 Signed with the Maple Leafs. 7 years, $36.75 million
5 Stephen Weiss
C 29 $3,100,000 Signed with Red Wings . 5 years, $24.5 million
6 Nathan Horton
RW 27 $4,000,000 Signed with the Blue Jackets. 7 years, $37.1 million
7 Mike Ribeiro
C 33 $5,000,000 Signed with the Coyotes. 4 years, $22 million
8 Jarome Iginla
RW 35 $7,000,000 Signed with the Bruins. 1 year, $1.8 M base salary, $3.7 M games played bonus, $500,000 goal scoring/team playoff performance: total $6 million
9 Ryane Clowe
LW 30 $3,625,000 Signed with the Devils. 5 years, $24.25 million
10 Pascal Dupuis
RW 33 $1,500,000 Re-signed with the Penguins. 4 years, $15 million.
11 Damien Brunner
RW 27 $1,350,000
12 Tyler Bozak
C 26 $1,500,000 Signed with the Maple Leafs. 5 years, $21 million
13 Mikhail Grabovski
C 29 $5,500,000
14 Ilya Bryzgalov
G 33 $5,666,667
15 Derek Roy
C 29 $4,000,000 Signed with the Blues. 1 year, $4 million
16 Clarke MacArthur
LW 27 $3,250,000 Signed with the Senators. 2 years, $6.5 mllion
17 Michael Ryder
RW 32 $3,500,000 Signed with the Devils. 2 years, $7 million
18 Patrik Elias
C 36 $6,000,000 Re-signed with the Devils. 3 years, $16 million
19 Bryan Bickell
LW 27 $541,667 Re-signed with the Blackhawks. 4 years, $16 million.
20 Anton Khudobin
G 26 $875,000 Signed with the Hurricanes. 1 year $800,000
21 Viktor Stalberg
LW 27 $875,000 Signed with the Predators. 4 years, $12 million.
22 Mason Raymond
LW 27 $2,275,000
23 Dustin Penner
LW 30 $3,250,000 Signed with the Ducks. 1 year, $2 million.
24 Andrew Ference
D 34 $2,250,000 Signed with the Oilers. 4 years, $13 million
25 Rob Scuderi
D 34 $3,400,000 Signed with the Penguins. 4 years, $13.5 million
26 Ian White
D 28 $2,875,000
27 Jaromir Jagr
RW 41 $4,550,000 Signed with the Devils. 1 year, $4 million. $2 million salary and up to $2 million in bonuses.
28 Ray Emery
G 30 $1,150,000 Signed with the Flyers. 1 year, $1.65 million
29 Tim Thomas
G 38 $5,000,000
30 Danny Briere
C 35 $6,500,000 Signed with the Canadiens. 2 years, $8 million
30 Brad Boyes
RW 31 $1,000,000
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