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Best of the rest: top 10 remaining unrestricted free agents after Day 1 - UPDATED

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Best of the rest: top 10 remaining unrestricted free agents after Day 1 - UPDATED

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Lots of big names found new teams July 1, but some useful players remain on the open market. Who are the 10 best of the rest?

It was a wild day, to say the least. As is customary in the era of the five-day negotiation window preceding it, free agency started with a deluge of signings as previously struck deals were made official. Per capfriendly.com, 131 players signed for $651,249,125 in total contract dollars.

But plenty of impact players remained unsigned after Day 1. The 10 best still out there after July 1:

1. JIRI HUDLER, RW
Age: 32
2015-16 cap hit: $4 million

Career year in 2014-15, then tanked in contract year. Still a handy playmaking forward for someone’s top six.

2. RADIM VRBATA, RW
Age: 35
2015-16 cap hit: $5 million

One season removed from arguably being the Canucks’ best player. Will attract teams starved for secondary scorers.

3. KRIS RUSSELL, D
Age: 29
2015-16 cap hit: $2.6 million

A trap signing? Lauded for shot blocking but possession numbers suggest he was a below-average defender in 2015-16. Reports July 1 suggest he's in for a payday north of $5 million per season.

4. SHANE DOAN, RW
Age: 39
2015-16 cap hit: $5.3 million

Turns 40 Oct. 10, but 28 goals were most since 2008-09. He’ll stay with Coyotes. Seems destined never to change teams, a la Chris Phillips in Ottawa.

5. JASON DEMERS, D
Age: 28
2015-16 cap hit: $3.4 million

Solid depth addition, but a team that pays him like a top-pairing guy might end up disappointed. SIGNED JULY 2: Five years, $22.5 million with Panthers

6. JIMMY VESEY, LW
Age: 23
2015-16 cap hit: N/A

Great offensive potential, but college signees who become stars are the exception, not the norm. He’s not risk-free. Reminder: he can't officially land anywhere until Aug. 15.

7. BRANDON PIRRI, LW
Age: 25
2015-16 cap hit: $925,000

Continuously flashes goal-scoring potential and won’t cost too much. A nice sleeper.

8. ROMAN POLAK, D
Age: 30
2015-16 cap hit: $2.75 million

Raised profile and price tag on a deep playoff run with Sharks. Brings nice physicality to a bottom pair, but look under the hood and the possession numbers are ugly. SIGNED JULY 2: One year (salary undisclosed) with Maple Leafs

9. P-A PARENTEAU, RW
Age: 33
2015-16 cap hit: $1.5 million

A cheap 20-goal scorer. Could fill a gap on a mid-level contender or join a rebuilder on a short-term deal and get flipped by trade deadline. SIGNED JULY 2: One year, $1.25 million with Islanders

10. KYLE QUINCEY, D
Age: 33
2015-16 cap hit: $4.25 million

Minutes and effectiveness have declined in recent seasons, but he's still a decent enough depth guy. Will be 31 when season starts.

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Best of the rest: top 10 remaining unrestricted free agents after Day 1 - UPDATED