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Top 6 Remaining NHL Free Agents: The Waiting Game Continues with Nazem Kadri

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Nazem Kadri #91 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal scored by Artturi Lehkonen #62 on Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena on June 02, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images via AFP.

Free agency opened over three weeks ago, and there are still a handful of impact players unsigned. Here’s a look at the best remaining free agents alongside their 2021-22 statistics.

Top 6 Remaining NHL Free Agents

6. Evan Rodrigues

It’s a little surprising Rodrigues hasn’t cashed in on his career-best showing yet. He can play all three forward positions and bounce up and down the lineup, so there should be interest in his versatility and ability to both drive possession and contribute as a secondary scorer.

19 goals, 24 assists, 56.9 CF%, 57.7 xGF%, 82 games played

5. Phil Kessel

The two-time Stanley Cup champion’s next goal will be his 400th in the league, and it would be next to statistically impossible for Kessel not to improve on last year’s 4.6 shooting percentage. In a supporting role, Kessel makes sense for a playoff-bound team.

8 goals, 44 assists, 44.4 CF%, 42.4 xGF%, 82 games played

4. Sonny Milano

Positioned to ink another prove-it contract as a middle-six winger, Milano is coming off his best offensive season. He drove possession with the lousy Anaheim Ducks last year, and the 16th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft finally looked comfortable at the highest level. 

14 goals, 20 assists, 52.0 CF%, 52.8 xGF%, 66 games played

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3. P.K. Subban

A reduced role was beneficial for Subban last season, and there aren’t many teams who would pass up adding a right-handed shot to their blueline at the right price. Even if his name carries more value than his game heading into the 2022-23 season, the 33-year-old veteran should have suitors to slot him into a third-pairing gig.

5 goals, 17 assists, 50.5 CF%, 52.3 xGF%, 77 games played

2. Paul Stastny

The 16-year veteran is probably eyeing the right fit with a contending team. Stastny brings leadership and experience to the table along with excellent possession metrics and faceoff savvy. He’s also coming off his first 20-goal showing since the 2013-14 campaign.

21 goals, 24 assists, 52.4 CF%, 53.1 xGF%, 71 games played

1. Nazem Kadri

Time to mull over his options was expected, as Kadri picked the perfect time to post the best offensive numbers of his career while also helping the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup. There’s plenty of speculation about where the 31-year-old center will sign, but interested teams might have some shuffling to do to accommodate Kadri’s salary demands.

28 goals, 59 assists, 57.0 CF%, 53.9 xGF%, 71 games played

Bonus: Patrice Bergeron

The reigning Frank J. Selke Trophy winner underwent offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his left elbow, and if he does indeed suit up for a 19th NHL season, it’s all but guaranteed to be with the Boston Bruins. As a result, Bergeron lands in bonus territory. Technically an unrestricted free agent, but probably not on the market.

25 goals, 40 assists, 65.6 CF%, 69.2 xGF%, 73 games played

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