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When Does 2022 NHL Free Agency Start? Date, Time, and Top Available Free Agents

On Wednesday, July 13 NHL Free Agency will get underway. Here's everything you need to know heading into free agency.
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When Does 2022 NHL Free Agency Start? Date, Time, and Top Available Free Agents

It's like Christmas Eve for hockey fans. Tomorrow, NHL Free Agency gets underway and all the unrestricted free agents can sign with other teams. There's eternal hope that your franchise will land some franchise-changing player, and the everlasting fear that your General Manager will overpay for a need and put you in cap hell. It's both the best and the worst feeling at the same time.

Today, I'm here to tell you everything you need to know about 2022 NHL Free Agency including the start date, time, and the top available free agents. Let's get into it.

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2022 NHL Free Agency

When is 2022 NHL Free Agency?

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm EST

At noon, teams can begin negotiations with UFAs. Not until that point and time are teams allowed to begin contacting pending unrestricted free agents.

What is the 2022 NHL Salary Cap?

Salary Cap: $82.5 million

Salary Floor: $60.2 million

For the first time since COVID, we will see an increase in the Salary Cap. The cap will rise by $1 million, the first rise in three years. Teams must fall between $60.2 million and $82.5 million on the salary cap for the 2022 NHL season.

Which NHL Teams Have the Most Cap Space?

RankTeam NameSalary Cap Spcae
1Anaheim Ducks$39.4 million
2Detroit Red Wings$31 million
3Buffalo Sabres$30.5 million
4Arizona Coyotes$28.1 million
5New Jersey Devils$27 million
6Calgary Flames$26 million
7Ottawa Senators$25.4 million
8Seattle Kraken$22.1 million
9Carolina Hurricanes$19.4 million
10Chicago Blackhawks$18.5 million

Top Available Free Agents

  1. Johnny Gaudreau - LW
  2. Nazem Kadri - C
  3. John Klingberg - D
  4. Patrice Bergeron - C
  5. Evander Kane - LW
  6. Andrew Copp - C
  7. Darcy Kuemper - G
  8. Evgeni Malkin - C
  9. Jack Campbell - G
  10. Claude Giroux - C
  11. Ondrej Palat - LW
  12. Vincent Trocheck - C

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