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2023 NHL Free Agency Discussion

The draft is in the rear view and now it’s time to load up the moving vans and the Brinks trucks as the NHL’s free agent class of 2023 finds new homes.

NHL: APR 02 Islanders at Hurricanes Photo by Katherine Gawlik/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s Canada Day, which can only mean one thing: maple syrup for everyone the start of NHL free agency. Due to the pandemic, this is actually the first time in four years that the free agent market opened on July 1, and it’s nice to be back to normal, isn’t it?

If you missed the news yesterday, Dylan Coghlan was the only Hurricanes restricted free agent to receive a qualifying offer. Dominik Bokk, Stelio Mattheos and Jesse Puljujarvi did not receive qualifying offers and will be unrestricted free agents when the market opens at noon.

From Walt Ruff at, here is the list of unrestricted free agents who can sign a contract with any club beginning at noon:

NHL Roster Players:

  • Frederik Andersen
  • Calvin de Haan
  • Jesper Fast
  • Jake Gardiner
  • Shayne Gostisbehere
  • Ondrej Kase
  • Maxime Lajoie (G6)
  • Max Pacioretty
  • Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Antti Raanta
  • Paul Stastny
  • Derek Stepan

Minor League Players:

  • Dominik Bokk
  • Jack Dugan
  • Ryan Dzingel
  • Cavan Fitzgerald (G6)
  • William Lagesson
  • Mackenzie MacEachern
  • Stelio Mattheos
  • Zach Sawchenko (G6)
  • Malte Stromwall

But the bigger deal today, beyond what the Canes decide to do with their goaltending (and the apparent impending signing of Jesper Fast to a contract extension), is that next year’s free agents become eligible to sign extensions when the clock strikes noon. Sebastian Aho and Brett Pesce were both mentioned by Don Waddell at the draft as making progress in negotiations, and re-signing either or both could be the Canes’ big splash today. Here are the players eligible to sign extensions when the market opens:

  • Sebastian Aho
  • Jalen Chatfield
  • Jack Drury
  • Seth Jarvis
  • Jordan Martinook
  • Martin Necas
  • Stefan Noesen
  • Brett Pesce
  • Jamieson Rees
  • Brady Skjei
  • Ryan Suzuki
  • Teuvo Teravainen

This post will likely be the main hub of activity for the next few days. We’ll get back to the season in review posts after Tuesday’s holiday, and we’ll post an article for any new signing that the Hurricanes make, whether a new player altogether or a re-signing of a current one.

Here we go!