1) Below are a a pretty comprehensive list of most of the potential unrestricted free agents that may be available July 1st. Of course that not every player on our list will be available. Some could be re-signed by their current clubs long before the July 1st Free agency period commences.
2) Defence: Chris Chelios (Detroit), Greg DeVries (Atlanta), Roman Hamrlik (Calgary), Scott Hannan (San Jose), Aaron Miller (Los Angeles), Teppo Numminen (Buffalo), Chris Phillips (Ottawa), Tom Poti (New York Islanders), Craig Rivet (San Jose), Cory Sarich (Tampa Bay), Brent Sopel (Vancouver), Sheldon Souray (Montreal), Mathieu Schneider (Detroit), Brad Stuart (Calgary), Andy Sutton (Atlanta), Darryl Sydor (Dallas), Kimmo Timonen (Nashville).Brian Rafalski (New Jersey), Andrei Markov (Montreal), Sami Salo (Vancouver).
3) Goaltenders: Curtis Joseph (Phoenix),Ed Belfour (Florida), Martin Biron (Philadelphia), Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Anaheim), Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota).
4) Forwards: Jason Blake (NY Islanders), Daniel Brière (Buffalo), Jan Bulis (Vancouver), Kyle Calder (Detroit), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Chris Drury (Buffalo), Peter Forsberg (Nashville), Scott Gomez (New Jersey), Bill Guerin (San Jose), Michal Handzus (Chicago), Scott Hartnell (Nashville), Paul Kariya (Nashville),Ray Whitney (Carolina), Viktor Kozlov (Islanders),Todd Bertuzzi (Detroit), Slava Kozlov (Atlanta), Robert Lang (Detroit), Michael Nylander (New York Rangers), Jeff O'Neill (Toronto), Yanic Perreault (Toronto), Joe Sakic (Colorado), Teemu Selanne (Anaheim), Brendan Shanahan (Rangers), Bryan Smolinski (Vancouver), Ryan Smyth (Islanders), Mats Sundin (Toronto), Petr Sykora (Edmonton), Keith Tkachuk (Atlanta), Scott Walker (Carolina), Dainius Zubrus (Buffalo)Michael Peca (Toronto) .
5) As one can see this year’s market is pretty decent as far as having an ample number of star forwards, and a few quality blueliners, however there are NO 'big name' star defensemen available, like last season when there were at least 3-4 top defenders on the market. Ala Chara/McCabe. Also the quality of available goaltenders is marginal at best.