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3 Days Away: Free Agency Arrives Early

Beginning Sunday, the Kraken hockey operations group have an exclusive period before the Expansion Draft to negotiate with available unrestricted free agents. Here's the list

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

The Kraken can start the free agency signing period early. As part of the 32nd franchise agreement, Ron Francis and his front office staff will have the sole option among all teams to negotiate with unrestricted free agents (UFAs) from 7 a.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

UFA status means the player can be signed with no recourse by the former club.

The exclusive window allows the Kraken brain trust to meet with and sign pending free agents who are unprotected by their current team. If the Kraken sign a player in that exclusive window, it will count as their pick from the player's former team.

Here's the list of notable unrestricted free agents for this offseason, listed by team in alphabetical order (F = forward, D = defenseman, G = goalie)

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS

F Ryan Getzlaf, F David Backes, F Carter Rowney, G Ryan Miller

 

ARIZONA COYOTES

F Derick Brassard, F Michael Bunting, D Jason Demers, D Alex Goligoski, D Niklas Hjalmarsson, D Jordan Oesterle

 

BOSTON BRUINS

F Taylor Hall, F David Krejci, D Mike Reilly, G Jaroslav Halak, G Tuukka Rask

 

BUFFALO SABRES

F Tobias Rieder, F Drake Caggiula, F Riley Sheahan, F Steven Fogarty, F J-S Dea, F C.J. Smith, D Jake McCabe, D Matt Irwin, D Brandon Davidson, G Carter Hutton, G Michael Houser

 

CALGARY FLAMES

F Josh Leivo, F Brett Ritchie, F Derek Ryan, D Nikita Nesterov, D Alex Petrovic, D Michael Stone, G Louis Dominque

 

CAROLINA HURRICANES

D Dougie Hamilton, F Jordan Martinook, F Brock McGinn, F Cedric Paquette, D Jani Hakanpaa, G Petr Mrazek, G James Reimer

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

F Vinnie Hinostroza, F Zack Smith

 

COLORADO AVALANCHE

F Brandon Saad, F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, F Matt Calvert, D Patrik Nemeth, G Devan Dubnyk, G Jonas Johansson

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

F Mikhail Grigorenko, D Michael Del Zotto

 

DALLAS STARS

D Jamie Oleksiak, F Andrew Cogliano, F Justin Dowling, D Mark Pysyk, D Sami Vatanen

 

DETROIT RED WINGS

F Luke Glendening, F Valtteri Filppula, F Darren Helm, F Taro Hirose, D Marc Staal, G Jonathan Bernier

 

EDMONTON OILERS

D Tyson Barrie, F Alex Chiasson, F Tyler Ennis, F Patrick Russell, D Slater Koekkoek, D Dmitry Kulikov

 

FLORIDA PANTHERS

G Chris Driedger, F Alexander Wennberg, D Brandon Montour,

 

LOS ANGELES KINGS

None

 

MINNESOTA WILD

F Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, D Marcus Johansson, D Ian Cole, F Nick Bonino

 

MONTREAL CANADIENS

F Phillip Danault, F Joel Armia, F Corey Perry, F Eric Staal, F Tomas Tatar, D Erik Gustafsson, D Jon Merrill

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

F Erik Haula, F Mikael Granlund, F Brad Richardson, D Erik Gudbranson, G Pekka Rinne

 

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

D Ryan Murray, D Connor Carrick, G Aaron Dell, G Scott Wedgewood

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

F Casey Cizikas, F Kyle Palmieri, F Travis Zajac, D Andy Greene

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

UFAs: F Barclay Goodrow, F Phil Di Giuseppe, D Brendan Smith

 

OTTAWA SENATORS

F Artem Anisimov, F Ryan Dzingel, F Derek Stepan

 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

D Samuel Morin, G Brian Elliott

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

F Frederick Gaudreau, F Evan Rodrigues, F Colton Sceviour, D Juuso Riikola, G Maxime LegacEe

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS

F Patrick Marleau, F Kurtis Gabriel, F Marcus Sorensen

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES

F Mike Hoffman, F Tyler Bozak, F Jaden Schwartz, D Carl Gunnarsson

 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

F Blake Coleman, D David Savard, G Curtis McElhinney, G Anders Nilsson

 

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

F Zach Hyman, F Nick Foligno, F Alex Galchenyuk, F Riley Nash, F Wayne Simmonds, F Joe Thornton, D Zach Bogosian, D Ben Hutton, G Frederik Andersen

 

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

D Alexander Edler, D Travis Hamonic, F Travis Boyd, F Tyler Graovac, F Brandon Sutter, F Jimmy Vesey

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

F Alex Ovechkin, F Michael Raffl, D Zdeno Chara, G Craig Anderson

 

WINNIPEG JETS

F Paul Stastny, F Trevor Lewis, F Mathieu Perreault, F Nate Thompson, D Jordie Benn, D Derek Forbort, D Tucker Poolman, G Laurent Brossoit

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