Top remaining NHL unrestricted free agents include Chara, Parise, Dubnyk


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

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 New York Islanders. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.

Casey Cizikas, F, New York Islanders

The 30-year-old center 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 NHL career highs in goals (20) and points (33).

Devan Dubnyk, G, Colorado Avalanche

Although Dubnyk has struggled in each of the past two seasons, when he was 18-26-4 with a 3.29 goals-against average, an .892 save percentage and two shutouts in 52 games (46 starts), there will likely be teams interested in signing the 35-year-old. 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 the Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers.

Ryan Murray, D, New Jersey Devils

The 27-year-old had 14 assists in 48 games and was second on the Devils with a plus-3 rating. He averaged 1:41 of shorthanded ice time per game. Murray has scored 124 points (15 goals, 109 assists) in 395 regular-season games with the Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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 last season. His 21 points were his fewest since scoring seven in 2011-12. The 30-year-old right wing can help on the power play and 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.

Zach Parise, F, Minnesota Wild

The 37-year-old left wing 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.

Tomas Tatar, F, Montreal Canadiens

The 30-year-old left wing scored 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 50 regular-season games and had one assist in five playoff games. Tatar has scored 377 points (176 goals, 201 assists) in 625 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights and Detroit Red Wings, and has scored at least 20 goals in a season five times. 

Joe Thornton, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

The 42-year-old center 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 be a playmaker and ranks seventh in NHL assists 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, Sharks and Bruins, and has played in 186 postseason games.

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