But despite the wave of signings on Wednesday, there are still a number of notable players available in the market.
Brandon Saad scored 15 goals and 24 points in 44 games for the Colorado Avalanche last season, including seven playoff goals. Two-time Stanley Cup champion, the 28-year-old left winger has 184 goals and 371 points in 632 career NHL games, split between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Avalanche.
David Krejci, who spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Boston Bruins, also remains without a contract. In 51 games last season, the veteran center scored eight goals and 44 points, averaging 17:08 ice time. In 962 career NHL games, Krejci has 215 goals and 730 points. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.
Kyle Palmieri scored 10 goals and 21 points in 51 games last season between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders. The Anaheim Ducks’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, the 30-year-old right-winger scored at least 24 goals in five consecutive seasons leading up to 2020-21.
Casey Cizikas scored seven goals and 14 points with the New York Islanders last season, where he spent his entire NHL career since his draft in 2009. In 590 career NHL games, the 30-year-old center has scored 81 goals and 185 points. In 2018-19, he recorded a career record 20 goals and 33 points.
Zach Parise is on the hunt for a new team after being redeemed from the last four seasons of his 13-year pact with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month. The 37-year-old left winger has seven goals and 18 points in 45 games last season. Appearing in 1,060 career NHL games, Parise has 393 goals and 810 points.
Other notable names available include Tomas Tatar, Corey Perry, Joe Thornton, Tyler Bozak, Nick Ritchie, Ryan Murray, Zdeno Chara, Sami Vatanen, Devan Dubnyk, Heavy Tuukka, James Neal and Derick Brassard.