Top-5 Free Agents Still Looking for a New Contract

The 2023 NHL offseason is heading into the final month as things are starting to wind down across the league. July went off the chains as there was over 160 players who signed new deals. There's still plenty of talent left on the open market, and a number of teams will be busy in August. 

Here's five of the best players still available, looking for a job for 2023-24:

Patrick Kane

Kane is recovering from hip surgery and likely isn't going anywhere until he's fully recovered, back on the ice, and ready for game action. The Rangers could still be an option, however Kane is going to have at least 10 teams who are heavily interested. 57 points in 73 games last season, he'll look to be a point-a-game player next season as his career starts to wind down.

Matt Dumba

The best defenseman on the open market by a country mile, it's surprising Dumba hasn't signed anywhere yet. He's a top-four right-handed defenceman who kills penalties and loves to use his body to influence the game via blocking shots or throwing a massive hit. The offensive game has slowed down the past couple of seasons but there's still plenty in the tank for the 28-year-old Dumba. The Coyotes, Sharks and Canucks are still interested in working something out.

Tomas Tatar

Arguably the best winger left on the open market, Tatar is coming off a 48-point season in Jersey. They've moved on with Tyler Toffoli and now Tatar looks for a new home. The Anaheim Ducks could be interested on a short term deal, meanwhile same with the Chicago Blackhawks as they look to fill out up front. Tatar will sign somewhere, for now, he continues to listen to one-year offers.

Jaroslav Halak

The best goaltender on the market, Halak is looking for a new contract next season. He's committed to the NHL and wants to hit some milestones before hanging up the skates. Halak is 38 but he's still producing, coming off a 2.90 goals-against average. With 20-25 games on the schedule next season, Halak can be effective and a worthy back up.

Jonathan Toews

The former Chicago Blackhawks legend put up 31 points in 53 games last season but his health is going to come first and foremost. It seems like if he does come back, which is likely a 25% chance at the moment, he's going to sign with one of the Edmonton Oilers or Winnipeg Jets.

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