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The NHL's top 100 unrestricted free agents Add to ...

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks for the NHL.

Tuesday will be the Hall of Fame announcements, followed by Wednesday's awards presentation, Friday and Saturday with the draft. All of that leads up to free agency starting next Thursday.

With 10 days to go, here's my rankings of the top 100 UFAs this year. It's a thin class overall, and especially in terms of scoring wingers, but there are a lot of netminders and some good No. 3 and 4 defencemen available. (Full free agent lists can be found here.)

As per usual, there'll be a lot of activity, especially on the first day:

'09-10 Cap Hit

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

TOI/G

NAME

POS

AGE

TEAM

GS

W

GAA

SPCT

SO

MIN

1

Kovalchuk, Ilya

F

27

NJ

$6.389

76

41

44

85

53

10

22.03

2

Marleau, Patrick

F

30

SJ

$6.300

82

44

39

83

22

21

21.21

3

Gonchar, Sergei

D

36

PIT

$5.000

62

11

39

50

49

-4

24.39

4

Plekanec, Tomas

F

27

MTL

$2.750

82

25

45

70

50

5

19.96

5

Martin, Paul

D

29

NJ

$3.833

22

2

9

11

2

10

22.50

6

Nabokov, Evgeni

G

34

SJ

$5.375

71

44

2.43

.922

3

4,194

7

Niedermayer, Scott

D

36

ANA

$6.750

80

10

38

48

38

-9

26.50

8

Kubina, Pavel

D

33

ATL

$5.000

76

6

32

38

66

0

22.62

9

Hamhuis, Dan

D

27

PIT

$2.000

78

5

19

24

49

4

21.24

10

Volchenkov, Anton

D

28

OTT

$2.500

64

4

10

14

38

2

20.69

11

Mitchell, Willie

D

33

VAN

$3.500

48

4

8

12

48

13

22.60

12

Michalek, Zbynek

D

27

PHX

$1.250

72

3

14

17

30

5

22.64

13

Lombardi, Matthew

F

28

PHX

$1.817

78

19

34

53

36

8

17.94

14

Frolov, Alexander

F

27

LA

$2.900

81

19

32

51

26

-1

18.43

15

Selanne, Teemu

F

39

ANA

$2.625

54

27

21

48

16

3

17.31

16

Mason, Chris

G

34

STL

$3.000

61

30

2.53

.913

2

3,512

17

Niittymaki, Antero

G

29

TB

$0.600

46

21

2.87

.909

1

2,657

18

Turco, Marty

G

34

DAL

$5.700

52

22

2.72

.913

4

3,087

19

Tallinder, Henrik

D

31

BUF

$2.563

82

4

16

20

32

13

20.61

20

Whitney, Ray

F

38

CAR

$3.550

80

21

37

58

26

-6

19.14

21

Prospal, Vaclav

F

35

NYR

$1.150

75

20

38

58

32

8

20.09

22

Stempniak, Lee

F

27

PHX

$2.500

80

28

20

48

26

0

17.30

23

Cullen, Matt

F

33

OTT

$2.875

81

16

32

48

34

-7

18.74

24

Jokinen, Olli

F

31

NYR

$5.250

82

15

35

50

75

3

17.85

25

Lydman, Toni

D

32

BUF

$2.875

67

4

16

20

30

10

18.85

26

Tanguay, Alex

F

30

TB

$2.500

80

10

27

37

32

-2

15.79

27

Afinogenov, Maxim

F

30

ATL

$0.800

82

24

37

61

46

-17

17.39

28

Ponikarovsky, A.

F

30

PIT

$2.105

77

21

29

50

61

-1

16.45

29

Johnsson, Kim

D

34

CHI

$4.850

60

7

10

17

30

10

22.78

30

Ellis, Dan

G

29

MON

$1.750

28

15

2.70

.909

1

1,714

31

Koivu, Saku

F

35

ANA

$3.250

71

19

33

52

36

14

18.58

32

Belanger, Eric

F

32

WAS

$1.750

77

15

26

41

32

2

15.51

33

Kariya, Paul

F

35

STL

$6.000

75

18

25

43

36

-7

17.15

34

Corvo, Joe

D

32

WAS

$2.625

52

6

12

18

12

-10

23.29

35

Guerin, Bill

F

39

PIT

$2.000

78

21

24

45

75

-9

17.53

36

Recchi, Mark

F

42

BOS

$1.700

81

18

25

43

34

4

17.05

37

Morrison, Brendan

F

34

WAS

$1.500

74

12

30

42

40

23

15.73

38

Theodore, Jose

G

33

WAS

$4.500

43

30

2.81

.911

1

2,585

39

Armstrong, Colby

F

27

ATL

$2.400

79

15

14

29

61

6

14.78

40

Morris, Derek

D

31

PHX

$3.300

76

4

25

29

37

2

21.43

41

Foster, Kurtis

D

28

TB

$0.600

71

8

34

42

48

-5

17.18

42

Boychuk, Johnny

D

26

BOS

$0.500

51

5

10

15

43

10

17.65

43

Malhotra, Manny

F

30

SJ

$0.700

71

14

19

33

41

17

15.62

44

Svatos, Marek

F

27

COL

$2.050

54

7

4

11

35

-13

11.41

45

Leighton, Michael

G

29

PHI

$0.600

31

17

2.83

.905

1

1,799

46

Cooke, Matt

F

31

PIT

$1.200

79

15

15

30

106

17

14.78

47

Hedberg, Johan

G

37

ATL

$1.088

42

21

2.62

.915

3

2,631

48

Biron, Martin

G

32

NYI

$1.400

26

9

3.27

.896

1

1,634

49

Leopold, Jordan

D

29

PIT

$1.750

81

11

15

26

28

0

21.91

50

Torres, Raffi

F

28

BUF

$2.250

74

19

17

36

34

-11

13.51

51

Demitra, Pavol

F

35

VAN

$4.000

28

3

13

16

0

3

16.18

52

Emery, Ray

G

27

PHI

$1.500

29

16

2.64

.905

3

1,683

53

Moore, Dominic

F

29

MTL

$1.100

69

10

18

28

43

5

14.83

54

Pyatt, Taylor

F

28

PHX

$0.600

74

12

11

23

39

13

13.45

55

Colaiacovo, Carlo

D

27

STL

$1.283

67

7

25

32

60

8

17.30

56

Mottau, Mike

D

32

NJ

$0.763

79

2

16

18

41

4

22.25

57

Eaton, Mark

D

33

PIT

$2.000

79

3

13

16

26

5

19.75

58

Higgins, Chris

F

27

CGY

$2.250

67

8

9

17

32

-9

17.54

59

Wallin, Niclas

D

35

SJ

$1.725

70

0

7

7

49

-5

17.31

60

Salei, Ruslan

D

35

COL

$3.025

14

1

5

6

10

-1

18.71

61

Sutton, Andy

D

35

OTT

$3.000

72

5

8

13

107

-10

20.39

62

Clark, Brett

D

33

COL

$3.500

64

3

17

20

28

6

19.13

63

Pothier, Brian

D

33

CAR

$2.500

61

5

10

15

21

4

19.02

64

O'Donnell, Sean

D

38

LA

$1.250

78

3

12

15

70

14

18.73

65

Lebda, Brett

D

28

DET

$0.650

63

1

7

8

24

-2

14.98

66

Jones, Randy

D

28

LA

$2.750

48

5

16

21

28

-3

18.17

67

Kozlov, Slava

F

38

ATL

$3.667

55

8

18

26

33

-15

15.25

68

Metropolit, Glen

F

35

MTL

$1.000

69

16

13

29

24

-1

13.57

69

Nolan, Owen

F

38

MIN

$2.750

73

16

17

33

40

-12

16.59

70

Morrisonn, Shaone

D

27

WAS

$1.975

68

1

11

12

68

8

17.56

71

Meyer, Freddy

D

29

NYI

$0.588

64

4

11

15

40

-2

16.77

72

Modano, Mike

F

40

DAL

$3.450

59

14

16

30

22

-6

14.29

73

Lilja, Andreas

D

34

DET

$1.250

20

1

1

2

4

-2

14.10

74

Madden, John

F

37

CHI

$2.750

79

10

13

23

12

-2

15.41

75

Ward, Aaron

D

37

ANA

$2.500

77

1

12

13

62

-15

17.29

76

Weaver, Mike

D

32

STL

$0.800

77

1

9

10

29

10

16.95

77

Wellwood, Kyle

F

27

VAN

$1.200

75

14

11

25

12

6

13.85

78

Lang, Robert

F

39

PHX

$1.700

64

9

20

29

28

-4

15.08

79

Mara, Paul

D

30

MTL

$1.675

42

0

8

8

48

-16

18.71

80

Jurcina, Milan

D

27

WAS

$1.375

44

1

6

7

24

2

17.64

81

Niedermayer, Rob

F

35

NJ

$1.000

71

10

12

22

45

3

16.80

82

Fedotenko, Ruslan

F

31

PIT

$1.800

80

11

19

30

50

-17

14.65

83

Halpern, Jeff

F

34

LA

$2.000

71

9

10

19

39

-14

14.51

84

Auld, Alex

G

29

NYR

$1.000

20

9

2.96

.895

0

1,298

85

Nystrom, Eric

F

27

CGY

$0.688

82

11

8

19

54

0

13.17

86

Walker, Scott

F

36

WAS

$2.500

42

5

3

8

32

-3

9.67

87

Modin, Fredrik

F

35

LA

$3.250

44

5

6

11

26

-8

14.77

88

Satan, Miroslav

F

35

BOS

$0.700

38

9

5

14

12

8

15.74

89

Johnson, Aaron

D

27

EDM

$0.540

41

4

6

10

35

-6

15.61

90

Conroy, Craig

F

38

CGY

$1.050

63

3

12

15

25

-6

13.56

91

Tucker, Darcy

F

35

COL

$2.250

71

10

14

24

47

-3

12.11

92

Asham, Arron

F

32

PHI

$0.640

72

10

14

24

126

-2

10.07

93

Danis, Yann

G

28

NJ

$0.500

6

3

2.06

.923

0

467

94

Lehtinen, Jere

F

36

DAL

$2.500

58

4

13

17

8

-8

14.74

95

Pisani, Fernando

F

33

EDM

$2.500

40

4

4

8

10

-16

14.58

96

Nichol, Scott

F

35

SJ

$0.750

79

4

15

19

72

0

13.06

97

Hendricks, Matt

F

28

COL

$0.500

56

9

7

16

74

1

9.25

98

Burish, Adam

F

27

CHI

$0.713

13

1

3

4

14

2

8.77

99

Raycroft, Andrew

G

30

VAN

$0.500

14

9

2.42

.911

1

967

100

Bergeron, M-A

D

29

MTL

$0.750

60

13

21

34

16

-7

15.05

I'll reserve the right to alter this list as we go and players are bought out or signed. Over the next week, I'll pick out some gems that could be overlooked. On July 1, players will be crossed off as they're picked up by teams around the league.

UPDATE Players with strikethrough have been signed or retired.

UPDATE This list has not been updated to include players who were bought out or restricted free agents that did not receive qualifying offers. So keep in mind that the likes of Patrick O'Sullivan, Robert Nilsson, Denis Grebeshkov, etc., are also available.

UPDATE Antti Niemi and Brendan Witt are also now UFAs. I'll be keeping this cheat sheet updated all off-season.

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