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Top free agent wings: Alexander Radulov, Jaromir Jagr set to hit market

Thomas Vanek, Patrick Marleau also among those expected to be available July 1

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Adding a veteran wing in free agency would push many contenders around the League to the next level.

With the NHL Expansion Draft and the 2017 NHL Draft in the rearview mirror, the attention shifts to July 1, when teams can bolster their roster by signing unrestricted free agents. The crop of UFA wings features some recognizable players, each at least 30 years old.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the top UFA wings expected to be available when the market opens Saturday:

 

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Alexander Radulov, MTL

Radulov, who turns 31 on July 5, is the biggest prize among unrestricted free agent forwards. He is seeking a six-year contract with an average annual value of $7 million, TSN reported June 22.

His 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) were second on the Montreal Canadiens this season, and he had an NHL career-high 16 power-play points in 76 regular-season games after returning to the NHL from the Kontinental Hockey League. He led Montreal with seven points (two goals, five assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has scored at least 54 points in two of his three full NHL seasons; he had 58 (26 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games with the Nashville Predators in 2007-08.

Possible landing spots: Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Radulov nets nifty one-handed goal

 

Jaromir Jagr, FLA

No one should be surprised if the oldest player in the NHL returns for another season.

Jagr, 45, has had extensive talks with the Florida Panthers about coming back next season after scoring 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games for them in 2016-17. His 1,914 points are second in League history behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857), and he's the NHL all-time leader in game-winning goals (135).

He was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson. He has played for eight different NHL teams over 23 seasons. The two-time Stanley Cup champion continues to prove he can be a reliable top-six forward and power-play specialist despite his age.

Possible landing spots: Panthers, Golden Knights

Video: FLA@BOS: Jagr nets wrister through traffic for PPG

 

Thomas Vanek, FLA

Vanek quietly was one of the most productive players in the NHL when healthy this season. The 33-year-old had 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 68 games with the Panthers and Detroit Red Wings. He was fifth in the League in 5-on-5 points per 60 minutes (2.61; minimum 750 minutes played) this season, according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

Vanek, who played his first eight NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, has played for six teams over the past four seasons. He has 697 points (333 goals, 364 assists) in 885 NHL games and has a 14.3 shooting percentage in his career, second-highest among active players with at least 2,000 career shots behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (14.7).

Possible landing spots: Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers

Video: FLA@BOS: Vanek scores after a fortunate bounce

 

Patrick Marleau, SJS

Marleau has played his entire NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, but he faces an uncertain future given his expiring contract.

Marleau, who turns 38 on Sept. 15, had 46 points (27 goals, 19 assists) in 82 games with the Sharks in 2016-17, his 14th season with more than 20 goals. Selected by the Sharks with the second pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, Marleau is their all-time leader in goals (508), points (1,082) and games (1,493).

He has 120 points (68 goals, 52 assists) in 177 career NHL postseason games and helped San Jose reach its first Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

Possible landing spots: Sharks, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins

Video: EDM@SJS, Gm6: Marleau buries Couture's nice dish

 

Justin Williams, WSH

The Washington Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy in each of Williams' two seasons with them but did not advance past the Eastern Conference Second Round in either. Williams, who turns 36 on Oct. 4, will be talking to the Capitals this week to see if he still is a fit with them, TSN reported Monday.

If not, the veteran right wing certainly would bring valuable postseason experience to a contender. He had 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 2015-16 and 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) this season. Despite playoff disappointments the past two seasons, Williams combined for 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 25 postseason games with the Capitals.

He's a three-time Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and twice with the Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014). Williams is 7-1 in Game 7 in his career with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists).

Possible landing spots: Oilers, Rangers, Bruins, Lightning, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues

Video: TOR@WSH, Gm5: Williams one-times overtime winner

 

Scott Hartnell, CBJ

Hartnell, 35, had 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 78 regular-season games and no points in four Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Blue Jackets this season. The final two years of his contract were bought out by the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The power forward played three seasons in Columbus, totaling 146 points (64 goals, 82 assists) in 234 games. He was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, 2014.

Hartnell is a two-time 30-goal scorer (37 in 2011-12, 30 in 2008-09) and a three-time 60-point producer (67 in 2011-12, 60 in 2008-09, 60 in 2014-15). He has totaled 683 points (314 goals, 369 assists) in 1,187 career NHL games over 16 seasons with the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators, who selected him with the No. 6 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft.

He has never won the Stanley Cup, but helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 by scoring 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 95 career NHL postseason games.

Possible landing spots: Flyers, Bruins, Predators, Kings, Islanders

 

Patrick Sharp, DAL

Sharp, 35, was limited to 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 48 games because of a concussion early this season and a hip injury that required surgery in March. Stars general manager Jim Nill has not ruled out a potential return  for Sharp or fellow UFA forward Ales Hemsky, but Sharp will be an intriguing buy-low option if he hits the market.

Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) has a low shooting percentage over the past three seasons combined (7.3) but is a four-time 30-goal scorer and two-time 70-point producer. His best season came in 2013-14 with Chicago (78 points, 25 power-play points, 313 shots on goal).

Possible landing spots: Stars, Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins, Islanders, Flyers, Hurricanes

Video: DAL@NSH: Sharp sweeps a rebound into the cage for PPG

 

Radim Vrbata, ARI

Vrbata, 36, had 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists), 15 power-play points and 233 shots on goal in 81 games for the Arizona Coyotes this season. He has had at least 20 goals and more than 200 SOG in four of the past five full NHL seasons, exceeding 30 goals twice in the span (35 in 2011-12 with Coyotes, 31 in 2014-15 with Vancouver Canucks).

The Coyotes could very well bring Vrbata back for another season, but it's also possible he'll test the market and provide some goal-scoring pop as a top-six or top-nine forward for a contender.

Possible landing spots: Coyotes, Blackhawks, Bruins, Oilers, Islanders, New Jersey Devils

Video: VAN@ARI: Vrbata beats Miller for second of period

 

Jarome Iginla, LAK

Iginla, who turns 40 on July 1, had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with the Kings and Colorado Avalanche this season. He played his first 16 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames and is their all-time leader in goals (525), points (1,095) and games (1,219).

Iginla has never won the Stanley Cup but helped the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004. He is tied for 15th in NHL history in goals (625) and is 34th in points (1,300). Prior to this season, he had scored more than 20 goals in 16 consecutive full NHL seasons. One of Iginla's former teams could be a potential suitor in free agency.

Possible landing spots: Kings, Flames, Penguins, Bruins, Oilers

Video: LAK@VAN: Iginla tips in Martinez's blast for PPG

 

Chris Kunitz, PIT

Kunitz, who turns 38 on Sept. 26, had 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) in 71 regular-season games and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 20 postseason games for the Penguins this season. His signature performance of the playoffs was his three-point Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final.

Kunitz, who went undrafted, has 580 points (250 goals, 330 assists) in 884 NHL games with the Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Plenty of those points came alongside Crosby years ago, but Kunitz proved this postseason that he still can be a serviceable third- or fourth-line player. The four-time Stanley Cup champion (Ducks, 2007; Penguins: 2009, 2016, 2017) would bring veteran savvy to a contender as well.

Possible landing spots: Penguins, Ducks, Flames, Oilers, Winnipeg Jets

Video: OTT@PIT, Gm7: Kunitz wins series in double overtime

 

Shane Doan, ARI

Doan, 40, had 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) for the Coyotes this season. One season after scoring 28 goals on 170 shots (16.5 percent), Doan had six goals on 144 shots (4.2). He has spent his entire career with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise, and holds its records for most goals (402), assists (570), points (972) and games (1,540).

Doan, who has never won the Stanley Cup, will not get a new contract from the Coyotes. He will test free agency but hasn't ruled out retiring from the NHL. If Doan does return, expect him to either join a Stanley Cup contender or stay in the Western Conference.

Possible landing spots: Blackhawks, Kings, Ducks, Golden Knights

Video: MIN@ARI: Doan celebrated in final game of season

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