What we know so far is that Tavares met the Islanders, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the San Jose Sharks, the Boston Bruins, the Dallas Stars, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in Los Angeles this week. He has not informed any of the teams whether they are still in his competitions or not, according to TSN.
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The Islanders, Tavares only team ever since picking him up with the first pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, can take him to a maximum Eight-year contract before the market opens. The rest of the teams can not sign Tavares until the market is open, and the contract can not last more than seven years.
Many of the other open free agents are in a pattern, unsure as Tavares & # 39; s decision will affect them.
Paul Stastny is widely considered the second best center that could be available. The Winnipeg jets would like to re-sign him, but restrictions on the salary cap could prevent that.
Defender Josh Morrissey and Goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck a Vezina Trophy finalist, are free agents. In addition, the jets look ahead, with Blake Wheeler Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor entering the final years of the contract.and
The Montreal Canadiens have an obvious need for help in the center. They did not have a chance to beat Tavares, but Stastny, who had 53 points (16 goals, 37 assists) in 82 games between St. Louis Blues and Jets, could be on the table for them.
Centers Tyler Bozak (Toronto), Riley Nash (Boston), Tomas Plekanec (Toronto) and Jay Beagle (Washington Capitals) will all probably land in new places.
Beagle, who had helped the Capitals win the Stanley Cup, could go to the Vancouver Canucks, according to TSN, which could also mean that Plekanec could return to the Canadiens Maple Leafs on February 25th.
James van Riemsdyk is the best available UFA grand piano. The early former Toronto striker is 29 years old
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It's possible that some teams still hope Tavares could turn to van Riemsdyk if they do not land Tavares.
Van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals last season with 62 goals last term (29 goals, 33 assists) in the NHL last season, could be an attractive option for Boston as well missed over Ilya Kovalchuk, who is under contract to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
The Bruins have Rick Nash who is undecided after his agent Joe Resnick and his future, a mutual interest will not immediately sign with a team.
James Neal Patrick Maroon and David Perron are also pending UFA wings of interest. Van Riemsdyk's decision could affect her market.
Neal and Perron helped the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup final this season. Maroon helped the New Jersey Devils get into the playoffs after earning him from the Edmonton Oilers.
Perron had an NHL career – high 66 points (16 goals, 50 assists) in 70 games, but he fought in the playoffs (nine points in 15 games) and was a healthy scratch for Game 4 of the Cup Final. Neal had 44 points (25 goals, 19 assists) in 71 games. Maroon had 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 74 games between the Oilers and Devils.
Thomas Vanek is another eye-catcher. The 34-year-old had 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 19 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets after acquiring him in a trade from the Canucks. He had 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 61 games with Vancouver.
Anthony Duclair is an option for a team that wants to give the young strikers another chance.
Duclair, who turns 23 on August 26, has already played for the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks in four seasons. He has 89 points (37 goals, 52 assists) in 213 games. He still has to play in the playoffs.
Teams that are interested in strikers who can play shorthanded minutes and play offensive pop can join Michael Grabner 30, and Tobias Rieder 25.
Ottawa Senator Captain Erik Karlsson is the best defender that could be on the move, but he is only available in one trade in this offseason.
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John Carlson would have been the best available UFA defender, but he has withdrawn from the market by playing an eight-year contract of $ 64 million remaining with the capitals. Michal Kempny also stayed with Washington on a four-year, $ 10 million contract.
Jack Johnson (Columbus) and Mike Green (Detroit Red Wings)
Johnson has been linked in reports with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who on Thursday 5.25 million Dollars made up capital by pushing Conor Sheary ($ 3.0 million) and Defender  Matt Hunwick ($ 2.25 million) to the Buffalo Sabers for a conditional fourth Round in the NHL Draft of 2019.
The Red Wings could sign a two-year contract with Green before Sunday, MLive said. com.
Other defenders are John Moore (Devil), Calvin de Haan (Islander), Luca Sbisa (Golden Knight) and Ian Cole (blue jackets).
The Islanders, Sabers and Carolina Hurricanes, depending on how much rope they want to give Scott Darling are in the market for a Goalkeeper No. 1, although it is not clear if there is a goalkeeper no . 1 available.
The Sabers are reportedly interested in signing Carter Hutton and giving him the first chance to become No. 1 at the age of 32. He comes off his best season, 17-7-3 with a 2.09 on-average and 0.931 save percentage with the St. Louis Blues.
The Bruins, Red Wings, Black Hawks, Stars, Blues, Rangers, and Capitals may be in the backup market.
Cam Ward (Carolina) is said to be a target for the Blackhawks hoping that Corey Crawford will return sound. Jonathan Bernier (Colorado) is a reported target for the Red Wings who also have Jimmy Howard
The Rangers were able to stay in the organization for Henrik Lundqvist ] Fuse. Rookie Alexandar Georgiev and Marek Mazanec are their best options.
The Capitals that traded to Colorado on June 22 Philipp Grubauer could assist Pheonix Copley to Braden Holtby 's. Ilya Samsonov, one of Washington's best players, is expected to come from Russia and start the season in the American Hockey League.
Jaroslav Halak Kari Lehtonen Robin Lehner Petr Mrazek Anton Khudobin Ondrej Pavelec Michael Hutchinson and Chad Johnson are expected to be available