It’s only a week into the 2011-12 season, but now’s as good a time as any to post an updated list of the notable NHL players who’ll be eligible for restricted and unrestricted free agent status next summer.
Keep track of these names over the course of this season. It’ll be interesting to see how many will still be unsigned when next July 1st rolls around, especially given the uncertainty over the status of the next round of collective bargaining between the league and the NHLPA.
It’s also possible a few of them might become “trade bait” come this season’s trade deadline.
Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators.
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes
Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers.
John-Michael Liles and Mikhail Grabovski, Toronto Maple Leafs
Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens
Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals.
Dustin Penner, LA Kings
Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Brad Boyes, Buffalo Sabres
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators.
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Mike Green, Washington Capitals.
Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Chris Stewart and T.J. Oshie St. Louis Blues.
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks
Kris Versteeg, Florida Panthers
James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins