Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny celebrates a goal against the...

Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny celebrates a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Denver. Credit: AP / Jack Dempsey

Paul Stastny

Almost everybody wants centers, and he's the top pivot on the market. At 28, Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games. Small chance he might decide to stick with a rising Avalanche squad for less money.

Possible destinations:

St. Louis, Minnesota

Matt Niskanen

Like Stastny, expected to receive a seven-year-deal for more than $42 million. In a breakout season with Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old defenseman averaged 21 minutes and posted 46 points.

Possible destinations:

Tampa Bay, Colorado, Detroit

Thomas Vanek

With 27 goals and 78 points for three teams, including the Islanders, the numbers are there, if not the daily commitment. Some teams will offer a short-term package, but not the $7.1 million he was being paid.

Possible destinations:

Minnesota, Dallas, Florida

Christian Ehrhoff

Buffalo bought out the final seasons of a $40-million contract with the 31-year-old defenseman, who had 33 points in 79 games for a rebuilding club. Gifted offensively, the 6-2 blueliner will add punch to any team.

Possible destinations:

Detroit, Tampa Bay, Colorado

Jonas Hiller

To many, the best goaltender available, and only because the Ducks have two highly touted youngsters. At 32, the Swiss netminder has a 2.51 GAA and .916 save percentage in 326 NHL games with Anaheim.

Possible destinations:

Vancouver, Calgary, Washington

Anton Stralman

The underrated Swedish defenseman, 27, couldn't have picked a better time to be on the market. He's not bringing a lot of offense, but he was the Rangers' most consistent blueliner in the playoffs, having developed into a smooth-skating second-pair stopper who could triple his $1.7-million annual salary.

Possible destinations:

Detroit, Minnesota, Calgary

Ryan Miller

The veteran goalie was sent to St. Louis by the Sabres, and the Blues are going with youngsters in net. Miller, 33, has some game left and finished last season with a .918 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA. He'll get a short-term deal.

Possible destinations:

Vancouver, Calgary, Washington

Brad Richards

After a bounce-back season, the 34-year-old center, who slowed near the end, was bought out by the Rangers. Has an accurate shot (20 goals) and can provide experience with a young team.

Possible destinations:

Tampa Bay, Islanders, Washington

Jarome Iginla

Iginla, 36, who had 30 goals and 61 points on a $6-million contract for the cap-strapped Bruins, wants to play for a contender. But the right wing will have to take less.

Possible destinations:

Montreal, Detroit, Minnesota

Matt Moulson

The former Islander, 30, can contribute offensively. The winger had 51 points in 75 games, including eight power-play goals.

Possible destinations:

Minnesota, Islanders, Sabres

Radim Vrbata

At the right price, Vrbata, 33, could be a steal. The Czech winger, who finished 11th in the NHL in shots last season, scored 110 goals in the past five years for the Coyotes, who couldn't afford to give him a well-deserved raise from his $3 million per year.

Possible destinations:

San Jose, Pittsburgh, Dallas

Dan Boyle

Still can quarterback a power play but he'll turn 38 soon, and teams might be wary of a two-year deal. Still, righty defensemen are valuable, and although his numbers have diminished (10-29-39), his pedigree is unquestioned.

Possible destinations:

Rangers, Detroit

Jussi Jokinen

The Finnish left wing, 31, had 21 goals and 57 points for the Penguins. Will he put up as many points without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? That's the gamble.

Possible destinations:

Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg

Honorable mention: Forwards Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat, Ales Hemsky, Dany Heatley, Mike Ribiero, Benoit Pouliot, Milan Michalek. Defensemen Mark Fayne, Willie Mitchell.

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