The list of players who became free agents on July 1 as released by the National Hockey League. Some players whose names appear on this list may have signed with their respective clubs over the last several days; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the league:
Group II: Restricted free agents
The players listed below have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match. The draft choice compensation scale is based on compensation offered by the new club:
ATLANTA: Kip Brennan, Garnet Exelby, Dany Heatley, Tomas Kloucek, Ilya Kovalchuk, Francis Lessard, Derek MacKenzie, Brian Maloney, Ronald Petrovicky, Kyle Rossiter, Tommi Santala, Marc Savard, Luke Sellars, Patrik Stefan.
BUFFALO: Maxim Afinogenov, Milan Bartovic, Martin Biron, Daniel Briere, Brad Brown, Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly, Jean-Pierre Dumont, Rory Fitzpatrick, Mike Grier, Jochen Hecht, Doug Janik, Jeff Jillson, Dmitri Kalinin, Ryan Miller, Norm Milley, Mika Noronen, Andrew Peters, Taylor Pyatt, Henrik Tallinder.
CAROLINA: Kevyn Adams, Jesse Boulerice, Pavel Brendl, Erik Cole, Martin Gerber, Jeff O'Neill, Allan Rourke, Bruno St. Jacques, Josef Vasicek, Radim Vrbata, Niclas Wallin, Justin Williams, Rob Zepp, Mike Zigomanis.
EDMONTON: Kristian Antila, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Mike Bishai, Eric Brewer, Ty Conklin, Nate DiCasmirro, Radek Dvorak, J.J. Hunter, Brad Isbister, Mikko Luoma, Sean McAslan, Mike Morrison, Tyler Moss, Jani Rita, Alexei Semenov, Jason Smith.
MINNESOTA: Christoph Brandner, Andrew Brunette, Dan Cavanaugh, Mark Cullen, Manny Fernandez, Mika Hannula, Alex Henry, Jeff Hoggan, Willie Mitchell, Richard Park, Nick Schultz, Stephane Veilleux, Rickard Wallin, Kyle Wanvig.
NASHVILLE: Mark Eaton, Martin Erat, Vernon Fiddler, Simon Gamache, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, Darren Haydar, Shane Hnidy, Andrew Hutchinson, Vladimir Orszagh, Konstantin Panov, Kirill Safronov, Wyatt Smith, Steve Sullivan, Tomas Vokoun, Marek Zidlicky.
N.Y. ISLANDERS Adrian Aucoin, Jason Blake, Martin Chabada, Rick DiPietro, Jeff Hamilton, Roman Hamrlik, Trent Hunter, Oleg Kvasha, Justin Mapletoft, Janne Niinimaa, Justin Papineau, Mark Parrish, Tomi Pettinen, Dave Scatchard, Mattias Weinhandl.
N.Y. RANGERS: Mike Green, Martin Grenier, Matthew Kinch, Lucas Lawson, Jamie Lundmark, Dale Purinton, Karel Rachunek, Layne Ulmer, Chad Wiseman.
OTTAWA: Zdeno Chara, Martin Havlat, Chris Kelly, Chris Phillips, Brian Pothier, Martin Prusek, Peter Schaefer, Vaclav Varada, Julien Vauclair.
PITTSBURGH: Ramzi Abid, Kris Beech, Matt Bradley, Shane Endicott, Rico Fata, Matt Hussey, Ric Jackman, David Koci, Milan Kraft, Guillaume Lefebvre, Ross Lupaschuk, Aleksey Morozov, Matt Murley, Brooks Orpik, Lasse Pirjeta, Darcy Robinson, Michal Sivek, Tomas Surovy.
SAN JOSE: Matt Carkner, Rob Davison, Nicholas Dimitrakos, Nisse Ekman, Jim Fahey, Scott Hannan, Evgeni Nabokov, Scott Parker, Wayne Primeau, Pat Rissmiller, Mark Smith, Vesa Toskala, Miroslav Zalesak.
TAMPA BAY: Dimitri Afanasenkov, Nikita Alexeev, Martin Cibak, Chris Dingman, Brian Eklund, Ruslan Fedotenko, Timo Helbling, Pavel Kubina, Fredrik Modin, Jimmie Olvestad, Nolan Pratt, Cory Sarich, Eero Somervuori, Martin St. Louis, Cory Stillman, Shane Willis.
Group III: Unrestricted free agents
The following players have qualified for Group III Free Agency (age 31 or older with at least four years of NHL experience) and are unrestricted free agents.
ANAHEIM: Dan Bylsma.
Potential Group V free agents
The following players: (i) have completed 10 pro seasons or more (NHL or minors, excluding junior hockey), and (ii) in the 2003-2004 season earned less than the league average salary of $1,830,126 and (iii) received a timely qualifying offer.
These players have the right to elect once in their careers to become unrestricted Free Agents. Should one of these players not elect to become an unrestricted Free Agent, since his prior club has tendered him a qualifying offer he shall remain subject to draft choice compensation and right to match as applies to Group II free agents. The players listed below have until July 15, 2004 to elect Group V status.
COLORADO: Paul Kariya (elected Group V).
LOS ANGELES: Ian Laperriere (Group II).
NEW JERSEY: Sergei Brylin (Group II).
Group VI: Unrestricted free agents
These players, whose contracts have expired, are age 25 or older, have completed three or more professional seasons, and (i) in the case of a player other than a goaltender have played fewer than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (ii) in the case of a goaltender have played fewer than 28 NHL
games (regular-season and playoff).
BUFFALO: Brian Chapman, David Cullen, Rick Mrozik.
CAROLINA: Brad Defauw, Randy Petruk, Joey Tetarenko.
EDMONTON: Bobby Allen, Chad Hinz, Jan Horacek.
FLORIDA: Lee Goren, Kent Huskins.
MINNESOTA: Travis Roche.
MONTREAL: Benoit Gratton.
NEW JERSEY: Maxim Balmochnykh, Scott Clemmensen, Greg Crozier, Raymond Giroux, Joe Hulbig, Steve Kariya, Mike Matteucci, Ryan Murphy.
N.Y. RANGERS: Bobby Andrews, Cory Larose, Jeff Paul.
OTTAWA: Serge Payer, Peter Smrek, Brad Tapper.
PHOENIX: Chris Ferraro.
ST. LOUIS: Marc Brown, Steve McLaren, Ryan Ready, Cody Rudkowsky.
SAN JOSE: Jesse Fibiger, Tavis Hansen.
TAMPA BAY: Dwayne Hay.
TORONTO: Josh Holden, Mike Minard.
Unrestricted free agents
The following players were not tendered a qualifying offer and are therefore unrestricted free agents not subject to a right to match or draft choice compensation.
EDMONTON: Scott Ferguson, Michael Henrich.
NEW JERSEY: Craig Darby, Chris Hartsburg.
OTTAWA: Andrew Allen.
TORONTO: Sebastien Centomo, Christian Chartier, Aaron Gavey, Jamie Hodson.