With the signing of Mike Ribeiro by the Dallas Stars, you can scratch another name off the list of impact forwards who will be available July 1. That list is growing smaller and less impressive by the day, which means the ones who will be available will get better deals because of the laws of supply and demand.
Here are the top forwards who will be available July 1, provided they don't sign with their teams before then.
Kristian Huselius, Calgary: The hottest player in the NHL since early December, Huselius is incredibly talented with the puck. Jarome Iginla deserves some of the credit here, but Huselius has been outstanding on his own.
Marian Hossa, Atlanta: A prime candidate to be dealt before the trade deadline if the Thrashers can't re-sign him.
Mats Sundin, Toronto: The top point scorer among potential UFAs so far this season. He'll either re-sign long-term with the Leafs or be dealt at the deadline.
Daymond Langkow, Calgary: Another solid Flames contributor and a good choice for a team looking for a second-line center who can sometimes play on the first line.
Vaclav Prospal, Tampa Bay: Getting his points, but is suspect defensively.
Radim Vrbata, Phoenix: The Coyotes want to re-sign him and he seems to have found a home in the desert.
Markus Naslund, Vancouver: On pace for just 68 points this season and his career is clearly in decline.
Cory Stillman, Carolina: Aside from last year when he was injured, Stillman has been a regular point-per-game producer for the past three seasons.
Mike Comrie, N.Y. Islanders: Gambled on a one-year deal with the Islanders and it might pay off for him.
Brian Rolston, Minnesota: Remains one of the most reliable two-way players in the NHL.
Brendan Shanahan, Rangers: It's hard to believe he'd sign with anyone but the Rangers at this point.
J.P. Dumont, Nashville: Has proven to be a reliable player who can score somewhere in the 60-point range.
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