Top Pacific Division unrestricted free agents

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TJ Brodie, D, Calgary Flames

Brodie, who has played 10 seasons for the Flames, scored 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 64 games this season, a decline from 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 79 games the previous season. Brodie’s average ice time per game declined for a second straight season, down to 20:27 from 21:28 last season and 23:41 in 2017-18, but he’s been a strong partner for Mark Giordano and that makes it possible he’ll re-sign with the Flames. Prior to this season, the 30-year-old’s offensive production ranged between 31 points in 2013-14 and 45 points in 2015-16 for six consecutive seasons. A left shot who’s comfortable playing the right side, Brodie scored 266 points (48 goals, 218 assists) in 634 games, and 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Possible landing spots: Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Michael Grabner, F, Arizona Coyotes

Grabner was placed on waivers by the Coyotes on Oct. 3 for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract after scoring 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 46 games this season. Grabner, who turned 33 on Monday, is one of the League’s fastest skaters and that has made him a valuable penalty-killer. He led the NHL with six shorthanded goals in 2018-19 and has 22 shorthanded goals in his NHL career, the second-most among active NHL players, behind Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins (27). Grabner has scored 276 points (175 goals, 101 assists) in 640 games over 11 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Coyotes.

Possible landing spots: Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings

 

Taylor Hall, F, Arizona Coyotes

The No. 1 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft will be one of the League’s most sought-after free agents after scoring 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games this season. Hall, who was traded from the Devils to the Coyotes on Dec. 16, 2019, had his lowest points per game (.80) in three seasons since he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL most valuable player in 2017-18. That season he showed off his best qualities, with an NHL career-best 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games for the Devils. He will turn 29 on Nov. 14. 

Possible landing spots: Colorado Avalanche, Canadiens, Flames, Islanders, Dallas Stars, Bruins, Coyotes

Video: NSH@ARI, Gm3: Hall nets big PPG late in 3rd

 

Travis Hamonic, D, Calgary Flames

The 30-year-old played the past three seasons with the Flames and was among their top-four defensemen. He averaged 21:12 of ice time per game this season and, including his first seven NHL seasons with the Islanders, has never averaged less than 20:27 in any of his 10 NHL seasons. A right shot, Hamonic has a physical, tough-to-play-against element to his game and led the Flames in ice time in shorthanded situations over the past three seasons, averaging 2:54 per game. He scored 188 points (37 goals, 151 assists) in 637 games and four points (one goal, three assists) in 22 playoff games.

Possible landing spots: Jets, Flames, Penguins

 

Trevor Lewis, F, Los Angeles Kings

Lewis has been told by the Kings they won’t re-sign him after 12 seasons in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old scored 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 56 games this season and scored 163 points (70 goals, 93 assists) in 674 NHL games. Lewis has never been a prolific scorer but he is a bottom-six forward who is good at details. He has won the Stanley Cup twice (2012, 2014) and provided solid, consistent possession numbers each season. His career SAT is plus-53.3, and on a struggling team that didn’t qualify for the playoffs, his SAT over the past two seasons was plus-52.0.

Possible landing spots: Philadelphia Flyers, Avalanche, Flames, Rangers, Canucks

 

Jacob Markstrom, G, Vancouver Canucks

Markstrom’s maturation as a No. 1 goalie has been part of the Canucks’ story of progress, one of the reasons they’d like to re-sign him. The 30-year-old has played 10 NHL seasons but didn’t play more than 33 games until 2017-18 and didn’t have a winning record until two seasons ago. He was 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 43 games this season, and 28-23-9 with a 2.77 GAA and .912 save percentage in 60 games last season. He was 8-6 in 14 games in his first postseason appearance this season, with a 2.85 GAA and .919 save percentage, helping Vancouver to within one win of the Western Conference Final.

Possible landing spots: Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators

Video: VAN@MIN, Gm3: Markstrom comes up clutch with shutout

 

Mike Smith, G, Edmonton Oilers

The 38-year-old will be among the numerous goalies on the market and may be better suited for a team looking for a backup and mentor. That said, Smith was a strong contributor in first season in Edmonton, going 19-12-6 with a 2.95 GAA and .902 save percentage in 39 games (37 starts). He shared the net with Mikko Koskinen, and they were a factor in helping the Oilers improve from seventh place to second place in the Pacific Division (37-25-9, .585 points percentage). Smith is 262-248-74 with a 2.71 GAA, a .911 save percentage and 39 shutouts in 610 games (588 starts) in 14 NHL seasons with the Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Coyotes, Flames and Oilers. 

Possible landing spots: Oilers, Stars, Sharks, Blackhawks

 

Carl Soderberg, F, Arizona Coyotes

Soderberg, who will turn 35 on Oct. 12, is a versatile veteran who can help with scoring and play special teams. He scored 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 70 games for the Coyotes this season, the sixth time in his eight NHL seasons he scored at least 12 goals. Soderberg, who did not begin his NHL career until he was 27, could be a good third-line center for a team looking to improve its bottom six, though his career 47.7 face-off percentage might give some pause. He has scored 280 points (103 goals, 177 assists) in 552 NHL games and 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 41 postseason games for the Bruins, Avalanche and Coyotes.

Possible landing spots: Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Oilers

 

Cam Talbot, G, Calgary Flames

Talbot had a strong bounce-back on a one-year contract this season, going 12-10-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .919 save percentage in 26 games (22 starts). The 33-year-old’s play improved as the season went along, to the point where he took over the starter’s job for the postseason. Talbot was 5-4 with a 2.42 GAA and .924 save percentage in 10 games to help the Flames defeat the Jets in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and advance to the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round.

Possible landing spots: Flames, Oilers, Stars, Senators, Sharks

 

Christopher Tanev, D, Vancouver Canucks

Tanev has been a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman throughout his 10 seasons with the Canucks. The 30-year-old tied his NHL career high, scoring 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) in 69 games this season, and scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in 17 postseason games. Leadership has been one of Tanev’s best qualities on a young Canucks team in the past two seasons, a stabilizing influence whose competitiveness rubs off on others. The right-shot defenseman scored 118 points (22 goals, 96 assists) in 514 NHL games and 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 33 postseason games.

Possible landing spots: Canucks, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Flames, Jets, Florida Panthers

 

Joe Thornton, F, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are open to Thornton’s return, even though the 41-year-old’s production dropped to .44 points per game, the lowest of his NHL career since his rookie season of 1997-98. He scored 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 70 games this season. Thornton has scored 1,509 points (420 goals, 1,089 assists) in 1,636 games over 22 NHL seasons, and the 2006 Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner is seventh all-time in the NHL in assists, ninth in games and 14th in points. He has scored 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games and it’s one last shot at a playoff run that might interest him most as an unrestricted free agent.

Possible landing spots: Sharks, Capitals, Avalanche, Penguins, Stars, Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues

Video: COL@SJS: Thornton opens scoring with PPG

 

Tyler Toffoli, F, Vancouver Canucks

Toffoli was a boost for the Canucks after being acquired from the Kings on Feb. 17. He scored 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 10 regular-season games and despite dealing with a lower-body injury that caused him to miss 10 postseason games, scored four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games when the Canucks got within one win of the Western Conference Final. The 28-year-old’s offensive instincts will attract wider interest, though the Canucks have interest in re-signing him. Toffoli, who won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2014, has scored 300 points (145 goals, 155 assists) in 525 NHL games with the Kings and Canucks and 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 54 playoff games.

Possible landing spots: Canucks, Blue Jackets, Sharks, Blackhawks

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