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NHL Free Agency: Top 10 UFAs Entering Training Camp

NHL training camps begin this week, and there are still some notable names without contracts. Here's a look at 10 of the best players still available.
Sonny Milano

NHL training camps open across the league this year, and we're finally getting back into the full swing of things.

But for a handful of notable players, the season is starting off without an NHL contract. Zach Aston-Reese and Danny DeKeyser were among some of the UFAs that signed tryout deals in recent days, but there are still some others that could see some movement in the coming days.

1. Evan Rodrigues, C, 28
2021-22 cap hit: $1,000,000

One of the best value players last year, Rodrigues had 43 points in 82 games, a career-best campaign after never breaking the 30-point barrier in his career. Sidney Crosby was the center he played with the most, though, and over half his goals came on the power play. He's going to be picked up soon, right? 

2. Sonny Milano, LW, 26
2021-22 cap hit: $1,700,000

He'll forever be remembered as the guy that capitalized on the Zegras over-the-net passing play. He had a good season and clearly has a ton of skill, so it'll be interesting to see his value.

3. P.K. Subban, D, 33
2021-22 cap hit: $9,000,000

Subban might not be the player he once was, but he can still bring good value at the right price. 

4. Tyler Motte, LW, 27
2021-22 cap hit: $1,225,000

Motte won't wow you offensively, but his defensive and gritty play makes him a tough depth guy to play against. For a team needing a hard-working bottom-six forward, Motte can be that guy.

5. Anton Stralman, D, 35
2021-22 cap hit: $5,500,000

Stralman's cap hit didn't look that pretty last season, but he still managed over 21 minutes a night on a bad Coyotes team. He likely won't do that on a contender, but he can still be decent help somewhere.

6. Tyler Ennis, C, 32
2021-22 cap hit: $900,000

Ennis hasn't played in at least 70 games since 2017-18 and has only done it three times in the past decade. Still, as a mobile, quick-moving forward, Ennis still brings value to teams in need of scoring deep down in the lineup, even if it's not every night.

7. Daniel Sprong, RW, 25
2021-22 cap hit: $750,000

Sprong had just 20 points last year, but he still had 14 goals with Washington and Seattle. Not too shabby on a league-minimum deal, and after just missing the 15-goal mark two other times in the three years before that, that's decent scoring in a depth role.

8. Alex Galchenyuk, LW, 28
2021-22 cap hit: $750,000

Galchenyuk is far from the 50-point guy he once was, often struggling to be a full-time contributor in the NHL. In a full season, 20-25 points at a low price is still likely doable.

9. Victor Rask, C, 29
2021-22 cap hit: $4,000,000

He didn't live up to his cap hit, and even spent time in the AHL, but he had some shining moments with Seattle to close out the past season. You know you aren't getting a ton here, but he can be a depth option.

10. Alex Chiasson, RW, 31
2021-22 cap hit: $750,000

Chiasson is no stranger to turning a PTO into a decent NHL season. Will that be the case again this time around?


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