Chara, Parise, Dubnyk top remaining NHL unrestricted free agents


The NHL free agent signing period began on Wednesday. takes a closer look at the top remaining unrestricted free agents (listed in alphabetical order).

Casey Cizikas, F, New York Islanders

The 30-year-old scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 56 regular-season games and five points (two goals, three assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games last season. Cizikas has scored 185 points (81 goals, 104 assists) in 590 games with the Islanders. His most productive season was in 2018-19, when he had career highs in points (33) and goals (20).

Zdeno Chara, D, Washington Capitals

The oldest player in the NHL proved he still could play at a high level, scoring 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 55 games this season. The 44-year-old was a physical presence who averaged 18:19 of ice time and led the Capitals in shorthanded ice time per game (2:41). Chara was second on Washington in blocked shots (67, two behind John Carlson) and had 88 hits, second among Capitals defensemen (Brenden Dillon, 143). He has scored 666 points (207 goals, 459 assists) in 1,608 regular-season games with the Capitals, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Islanders. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.

David Krejci, F, Boston Bruins

Krejci doesn’t get the recognition some of his teammates do, but the center has done it all in 15 seasons with the Bruins. He scored 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists), including 16 points on the power play (three goals, 13 assists), and won 54.2 percent of face-offs in 51 games. The 35-year-old averaged 17:08 of ice time per game, including 2:32 per game with the man-advantage. In the past 13 seasons, Krejci has had a negative plus-minus rating twice. He has scored 730 points (215 goals, 515 assists) in 962 regular-season games and 124 points (42 goals, 82 assists) in 156 playoff games.

Kyle Palmieri, F, New York Islanders

Palmieri had scored at least 24 goals in five straight seasons prior to scoring 10 in 51 games with the Devils and Islanders this season. His 21 points were his fewest since scoring seven in 2011-12. The 30-year-old is a gritty player who can help on the power play and also get to the front of the net. He has scored 359 points (185 goals, 174 assists) in 612 regular-season games with the Islanders, Devils and Ducks and 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 57 playoff games.

Zach Parise, F, Minnesota Wild

The 37-year-old had the final four seasons of his 13-year contract bought out by the Wild. Parise scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 45 regular-season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in four playoff games. He has scored 810 points (393 goals, 417 assists) in 1,060 regular-season games with the Wild and Devils and has scored at least 25 goals in 10 of his 16 NHL seasons.

Corey Perry, F, Montreal Canadiens

The 36-year-old said he plans to continue playing in the NHL and would like to remain with the Canadiens. He scored 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists), averaging 13:44 of ice time in 49 games, and was second on Montreal with 39 penalty minutes (defenseman Ben Chiarot, 50). Perry has scored 818 points (386 goals, 432 assists) and has 1,219 penalty minutes in 1,094 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Ducks and has 167 games of playoff experience.

Joe Thornton, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

The 42-year-old scored 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and averaged 13:43 of ice time in 44 games. Though his offense may be on the decline, Thornton can still be a playmaker and ranks seventh on the NHL all-time assists list with 1,104. He is a respected leader on and off the ice and has scored 1,529 points in 1,680 regular-season games during his 23 NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Bruins and has played in 186 postseason games.

Devan Dubnyk, G, Colorado Avalanche

Although Dubnyk has struggled in each of the past two seasons, during which he is 18-26-4 with a 3.29 GAA, .892 save percentage and two shutouts in 52 games (46 starts), there will likely still be teams interested in signing the 35-year-old, who is out to prove he can still perform at a high level. For five straight seasons (2014-19), Dubnyk won at least 31 games and never had a GAA higher than 2.54 or a save percentage lower than .913. He is 253-206-54 with a 2.61 GAA, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts in 542 regular-season games (514 starts) for Avalanche, Sharks, Wild, Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers.

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