Who doesn’t love to go shopping? GMs surely do.

Beginning on Wednesday, NHL’s top guys will get a chance to do just that as free agency opens up. A number of big fish have already been reeled in by their 2021 clubs while others have been released into the NHL’s wild — like the Wild’s Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, who were bought out and are now up for grabs.

It’ll be intriguing to see how teams handle this year’s offseason signing. They must take into consideration a flat cap that is expected for the next few years, plus the regular season is starting just 76 days from the opening bell of the frenzy. 

Here’s everything you need to know as the NHL’s shopping season begins.

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When does 2021 NHL free agency begin?

  • Date: Wed., July 28
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET

What channel is the beginning of 2021’s NHL free agency on?

  • TV (U.S.): NHL Network
  • TV (Canada): Sportsnet, TSN
  • Livestream (Canada):  SN NOW, TSN.ca, TSN App, TSN Direct

Free agency opens up at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday and the networks will be airing all the frenzy. NHL Network and TSN start their coverage at 11 a.m. ET while Sportsnet begins the day at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Top 15 unrestricted free agents

Player Pos. 2021 team(s)
1. Alex Ovechkin LW Capitals
2. Tuukka Rask G Bruins
3. Blake Coleman C Lightning  
4. Philipp Grubauer G Avalanche  
5. Dougie Hamilton D Hurricanes  
6. Zach Hyman LW Maple Leafs  
7. Phillip Danault C Canadiens  
8. Gabriel Landeskog LW Avalanche  
9. Tyson Barrie D Oilers  
10. Petr Mrazek G Hurricanes  
11. David Savard D Blue Jackets/Lightning  
14. Alec Martinez D Golden Knights  
15. Frederik Andersen G Maple Leafs  

Top 10 RFA players available

Note: These are only players that can be given an offer sheet. Kirill Kaprizov (Wild) and Quinn Hughes (Canucks) are not eligible for offer sheets as 10.2(c) RFAs.

Player Pos. 2021 team(s)
1. Elias Pettersson C Canucks
2. Rasmus Dahlin D Sabres
3. Brady Tkachuk LW Senators
4. Juuse Saros G Predators
5. Pavel Buchnevich RW Rangers (traded to Blues)
6. Patrik Laine LW Jets/Blue Jackets
7. Ilya Sorokin G Islanders
8. Igor Shesterkin G Rangers
9. Andrei Svechnikov RW Hurricanes
10. Carter Hart G Flyers

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