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NHL Free Agent Center

Current NHL free agents and an explanation of the NHL free agent system.

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Here's your guide to NHL free agents, the rules of the market, and the NHL salary cap.

2012 NHL Free Agent Signings
Includes age, contract length, and total value. Updated daily.

2012 NHL Free Agents: The Forwards
Ranked according to their salary cap hit in 2011-12, a list of unrestricted NHL free agent forwards available in the summer of 2011.

2012 NHL Free Agents: The Defensemen
Here are the defenders scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2012, ranked by their salary-cap hit in the 2011-12 season.

2012 NHL Free Agents: The Goalies
Goaltenders scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2012, are ranked by their salary-cap hit in the 2011-12 season.

NHL Free Agents Explained
An explanation of how and when players become NHL free agents.

Restricted Free Agents and Offer Sheets
Here are the rules governing restricted free agents, and how they can switch teams under the "offer sheet" system.

Understanding the NHL Salary Cap
The NHL salary cap explained in the plainest possible language, along with other key points in the collective agreement signed in 2005.

Current NHL Salaries
The NHL Player's Association provides official salary numbers for every player. Players are sorted alphabetically and by team.

NHL Salary Arbitration Explained
A definition of which NHL players are eligible for salary arbitration, what evidence is considered admissible in an arbitration hearing, and how decisions are made.

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