While the NHL’s free agency period was in flux after the COVID-19 pandemic paused the season — and the normal date of July 1 has long passed — the signing period began at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 9.

Whether it’s unrestricted or restricted free agents, there are some big fish for teams to reel in. Where they’ll land is a big unknown, but the salary cap is remaining at $81.5 million for the 2020-21 season.

This will impact who can land those big fish and who will net a group of minnows. There’s also the fun game of roulette that teams sometimes play when they risk their next four first-round draft picks for one of the surefire restricted free-agent stars.

NHL FREE AGENCY 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAs

Sporting News has all the top free-agent signings right here.

NHL free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2020

Top 50 UFA players available

Player Pos. 2019-20 team(s) 2020-21 team
1. Alex Pietrangelo D Blues Golden Knights (7 years, $61.6 million)
2. Torey Krug D Bruins Blues (7 years, $45.5 million)
3. Taylor Hall LW Devils/Coyotes Sabres (1 year, $8 million)
4. Robin Lehner G Blackhawks/Golden Knights Golden Knights (5 years, $25 million)
5. Tyler Toffoli W Kings/Canucks Canadiens (4 years, $17 million)
6. Jacob Markstrom G Canucks Flames (6 years, $36 million)
7. TJ Brodie D Flames Maple Leafs (4 years, $20 million)
8. Ilya Kovalchuk LW Kings/Canadiens/Capitals  
9. Mike Hoffman F Panthers  
10. Tyson Barrie D Maple Leafs Oilers (1 year, $3.75 million)
11. Anton Khudobin G Stars Stars (3 years, $10 million)
12. Derek Grant C Ducks/Flyers Ducks (3 years, $4.5 million)
13. Jesper Fast RW Rangers Hurricanes (3 years, $6 million)
14. Kevin Shattenkirk D Lightning Ducks (3 years, $11.7 million)
15. Sami Vatanen D Devils/Hurricanes  
16. Cam Talbot G Flames Wild (3 years, $11 million)
17. Mikael Granlund C Predators  
18. Bobby Ryan* F Senators Red Wings (1 year, $1 million)
19. Braden Holtby G Capitals Canucks (2 years, $8.6 million)
20. Thomas Greiss G Islanders Red Wings (2 years, $7.2 million)
21. Erik Gustafsson D Blackhawks/Flames Flyers: 1 year, $3 million contract
22. Travis Hamonic D Flames  
23. Chris Tanev D Canucks Flames (4 years, $18 million)
24. Justin Schultz D Penguins Capitals (2 years, $8 million)
25. Pat Maroon LW Lightning Reportedly re-signed with Lightning
26. Corey Crawford G Blackhawks Devils (2 years, $7.8 million)
27. Cody Eakin C Golden Knights/Jets Sabres (2 years, $4.5 million)
28. Erik Haula LW Hurricanes/Panthers  
29. Derick Brassard C Islanders  
30. Evgenii Dadonov RW Panthers Senators (3 years, $15 million)
31. Alex Galchenyuk C Penguins/Wild  
32. Joe Thornton C Sharks Maple Leafs (1 year, $700,000)
33. Wayne Simmonds RW Devils/Sabres Maple Leafs (1 year, $1.5 million)
34. Joel Edmundson D Hurricanes/Canadiens Canadiens (4 years, $14 million)
35. Kyle Clifford LW Kings/Maple Leafs Blues (2 years, $2 million)
36. Henrik Lundqvist^ G Rangers Capitals (1 year, $1.5 million)
37. Josh Leivo LW Canucks Flames (1 year, $875,000)
38. Nate Thompson C Canadiens/Flyers Jets (1 year, $750,000)
39. Conor Sheary LW Sabres/Penguins  
40. Brenden Dillon D Sharks/Capitals Capitals (4 years, $15.6 million)
41. Vladislav Namestnikov C Avalanche Red Wings (2 years, $4 million)
42. Matt Martin LW Islanders  
43. Zdeno Chara D Bruins  
44. Andy Greene D Devils/Islanders  
45. Dylan DeMelo D Senators/Jets Jets (4 years, $12 million)
46. Mark Borowiecki D Senators Predators (2 years, $4 million)
47. Patrick Marleau C Sharks/Penguins Sharks (1 year, $700,000)
48. Zach Bogosian D Sabres/Lightning Maple Leafs (1 year, $1 million)
49. Mikko Koivu C Wild Blue Jackets (1 year, $1.5 million)
50. Jimmy Howard G Red Wings  

*Bought out by Senators on Sept. 26

^ Bought out by Rangers on Sept. 30

Top 25 RFA players available

Player Pos. 2019-20 team 2020-21 team
1. Mathew Barzal C Islanders  
2. Josh Anderson RW Blue Jackets/Canadiens (traded Oct. 6) Canadiens (7 years, $38.5 million)
3. Tristan Jarry G Penguins Penguins (3 years, $10.5 million)
4. Matt Murray G Penguins/Senators (traded Oct.7) Senators (4 years, $25 million)
5. Anthony Cirelli F Lightning  
6. Pierre-Luc Dubois F Blue Jackets  
7. Max Domi C Canadiens/Blue Jackets (traded Oct. 6) Blue Jackets (2 years, $10.6 million)
8. Anthony Duclair LW Senators (became UFA on Oct. 7)  
9. Tony DeAngelo D Rangers Rangers (2 years, $9.6 million)
10. Alexandar Georgiev G Rangers Rangers (2 years, $4.85 million)
11. Jake DeBrusk LW Bruins  
12. Andrew Mangiapane LW Flames Flames (2 years, $4.85 million)
13. Mikhail Sergachev D Lightning  
14. Dominik Kubalik LW Blackhawks Blackhawks (2 years, $7.4 million)
15. Andreas Athanasiou LW Red Wings/Oilers (became UFA on Oct. 7)  
16. Kevin Labanc RW Sharks Sharks (4 years, $18.9 million)
17. Sam Reinhart C Sabres Sabres (1 year, $5.2 million)
18. Vince Dunn D Blues  
19. Tyson Jost C Avalanche Avalanche (1 year, $874,125)
20. Mackenzie Blackwood G Devils  
21. Nolan Patrick C Flyers Flyers (1 year, $874,125)
22. Ethan Bear D Oilers  
23. Victor Mete D Canadiens Canadiens (1 year, $735,000)
24. Travis Dermott D Maple Leafs Maple Leafs (1 year, $874,125)
25. Tyler Bertuzzi LW Red Wings