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NHL Free Agency: Mapping Where Top Players Have Signed

Tavares, Carlson Contracts Headline This Year's Free Agency

July 03, 2018 - 11:18 am


The NHL’s 2018 free agency is bound to change the dynamic of the league for years to come. With big players taking their talent to new cities, WFAN took a look at the top signings in free agency thus far.

John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs: John Tavares is leaving the only team he’s ever known. After meeting with several organizations, the center signed with his hometown team, the Maple Leafs, for seven years and $77 million. This is the biggest contract at this point of free agency, with no one expected to pass him. Tavares was a star during his nine seasons with the Islanders, registering 37 goals and 47 assists in 82 games this past season.

>>MORE: John Tavares Heads Home, Signs With Toronto

John Carlson, Washington Capitals: John Carlson is staying in D.C., re-signing with the Caps for eight years and $64 million. Coming off of a Stanley Cup Championship, the 2018-19 season will be his tenth in Washington. Carlson has contributed heavily to the team’s success, posting 15 goals and 53 assists in 82 regular season games this past year.

James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers: James van Riemsdyk is leaving Toronto and coming back to the Broad Street Bullies. The left winger played the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia, and signed with them again for five years and $35 million. van Riemsdyk recorded 36 goals and 18 assists in 81 games last season.

Paul Stastny, Las Vegas Golden Knights: Paul Stastny is moving to Sin City. The center signed with the Golden Knights for three years and $19.5 million. During the 2017-18 season, Stastny posted 16 goals and 37 assists in 82 games.

James Neal, Calgary Flames:  Neal is taking his talent up North, as the left winger is leaving Las Vegas to join the Flames. Neal was acquired for five years and $28.75 million. The 30-year-old is a strong addition to Calgary, as he had 25 goals and 19 assists in 71 games this past season.

Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings: Mike Green wasn’t ready to leave Detroit just yet, choosing instead to re-sign with the team for two years and $10.75 million. The defenseman recorded 8 goals and 25 assists in only 66 games.

David Perron, St. Louis Blues: David Perron is leaving the Golden Knights after making the Stanley Cup this past season. The left winger is a big get for the Blues, who signed him for four years and $16 million. He posted 16 goals and 50 assists in 70 games this past season.

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John Moore, Boston Bruins: John Moore is leaving New Jersey after 3 seasons with the team and moving to Boston for his 9th season in the NHL. The defenseman signed for five years and $13.75 million after recording 18 points in 81 games during the 2017-18 season.

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton is staying in San Jose for one more year and $5 million. The 39-year-old will re-join the Sharks for his 14th consecutive season, and his 21st in the league. Despite his age, Thornton is still a threat, having recorded 13 goals and 23 assists in only 47 games last season.

Tyler Bozak, St. Louis Blues: The Blues landed yet another strong free agent by acquiring Tyler Bozak. The center leaves Toronto for a three-year, $15 million deal. Bozak had 11 goals and 32 assists in 81 games this past season.

Riley Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets: Riley Nash leaves Boston after two seasons to join the Blue Jackets. The center signed for three years and $8.25 million after posting 15 goals and 26 assists in 76 games.

Michael Grabner, Arizona Coyotes: Michael Grabner is joining the Coyotes for three years and $10.05 million. He is a strong addition to the team after recording 25 goals and 6 assists in only 59 games between the Rangers and Devils last season.

Remaining Unsigned Top Free Agents:

Rick Nash, Boston Bruins

Patrick Maroon, New Jersey Devils