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Top free agents from Atlantic Division

With Stamkos off market, Eriksson headlines list of players who could be available July 1

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

With center Steven Stamkos opting to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the most prominent player has come off the free agent market.

Stamkos signed an eight-year contract with the Lightning on Wednesday.

Here are the top nine remaining potential unrestricted free agents from the Atlantic Division:

1. Loui Eriksson, RW/LW, Boston Bruins

The Bruins were clear about their desire to bring back Eriksson, but the sides could not come to a deal, even after nearly a season of negotiating. Still, Boston would like to keep the talented two-way player it got as the centerpiece of the Tyler Seguin trade. This was a pivotal season for Eriksson, who turns 31 on July 17. He returned to the scoring levels that he reached earlier in his NHL career with the Dallas Stars prior to joining Boston and sustaining two concussions in his first season with the Bruins. He scored 30 goals in the regular season for the second time in his NHL career and had 33 assists in 82 games.

Potential suitors: Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres

2. Brian Campbell, D, Florida Panthers

The veteran will be one of the top defensemen available on the free agent market, given the slim crop of options after Alex Goligoski signed with the Arizona Coyotes and Keith Yandle signed with the Florida Panthers. The 37-year-old likely is nearing the end of his career, so he might opt for a team that gives him another chance at winning the Stanley Cup, which he did with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Though Campbell's production is decreasing, he is a defenseman who can move the puck, and that type of player usually is in demand.

Potential suitors: Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks

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3. Jiri Hudler, RW, Florida Panthers

Hudler took a step back this season after he had 31 goals and 45 assists for the Calgary Flames last season; in 72 games with the Flames and Panthers, he had 16 goals and 30 assists. He had one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Panthers against the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round. The 32-year-old could add a little pop to a team in need of offense.

Potential suitors: Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators

4. Lee Stempniak, RW, Boston Bruins

Stempniak was unsigned entering training camp in September before eventually agreeing to a one-year contract with the Devils, who sent him to the Bruins at the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. He should get a raise on his $850,000 salary as a UFA, along with some stability, after a season in which he had a resurgence with 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games. It was the second-highest point total in the oft-traded 33-year-old's NHL career.

Potential suitors: Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks

5. Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings

Speed, speed, speed. That's how the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and that's what Helm offers to teams bidding for his services. Helm, 29, scored 13 goals this season and 15 in 2014-15. That's generally what a team can expect from the center, along with the aforementioned speed, penalty-killing ability and an above-average faceoff winning percentage. The Red Wings are on record as saying they would like to retain Helm.

Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes

6. Teddy Purcell, RW, Florida Panthers

Purcell, who turns 31 on Sept. 8, has been good for about 10 to 15 goals per season and 30 or so points in recent seasons. He had two breakout seasons for the Lightning in 2010-11 and 2011-12, when he had 51 and 65 points, respectively, but he has come back to earth recently. He finished strong with the Panthers this season after being traded from the Oilers; he had three goals with 11 points in 15 regular-season games with Florida, and two goals in six playoff games.

Potential suitors: Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings

7. PA Parenteau, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

Parenteau led Toronto this season with 20 goals, one more than Leo Komarov. The rebuilding Maple Leafs might be able to use the 33-year-old next season, given all the young talent that might be in the lineup. But Parenteau should be able to help whichever team signs him as a UFA after having 41 points this season, including seven goals on the power play, in a bounce-back year for the right wing.

Potential suitors: Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks

Potential suitors: Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings

8. Kyle Quincey, D, Detroit Red Wings

Quincey is on record saying that he would like to return to Detroit, but it seems unlikely the Red Wings will have the salary cap space to sign him; they also have a crush of young defensemen ready to potentially jump to the NHL. The 30-year-old missed time this season due to a concussion and ankle surgery; he had four goals and seven assists in 47 games but was a steady defender.

Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers

9. Chad Johnson, G, Buffalo Sabres

It's a thin market for UFA goaltenders with James Reimer at the top of the list followed by a number of backup options. Johnson, 30, should be the best of that crew, a backup who has shown that he can more than hold his own if thrust into a starter's role. He played in 45 games for the Sabres this season after Robin Lehner was injured, going 22-16-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Those numbers were more in line with what he did as a backup with the Bruins in 2013-2014 rather than his disappointing season with the Islanders in 2014-15.

Potential suitors: Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames

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