2016 NHL Free Agents with the Most to Gain This Season

September 26th, 2015 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »

For a number next year's crop of NHL unrestricted free agents, their performances in the upcoming season will significantly affect their value. They aren't superstars like Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who are certain to rank among the best unrestricted free agents, regardless of performance. They're not notable stars like Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who will benefit from his stellar reputation and previous accomplishments.

Some are late-blooming talents, like Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. Several are fading stars like Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Others, like Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer (pictured above), are struggling to reach their projected potential. Strong efforts on their part could substantially bolster their worth to their current teams or in the free-agent market. 

Here's a look at the NHL free agents with the most to gain in 2015-16. Current contracts and recent performances factored into the compilation, as well as what each player stands to gain. As always, feel free to weigh in with your co ...

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