NHL free agency: Big names, bargains and busts

Kevin Shattenkirk will be the most coveted free agent available come July 1. (Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

By JP Nikota, CBC Sports, June 27, 2017 

Breaking down this year’s class ahead of the July 1 frenzy

When the NHL’s annual unrestricted free agent derby begins on July 1, who should your favourite team target?

A number of high-profile names could be available, but many of them are unlikely to move. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau both appear keen to stay in San Jose, Radim Vrbata has expressed publicly his desire to remain in Arizona, while in Montreal, Andrei Markov appears likely to stay put. And Mike Fisher? He’s understandably quite happy in Nashville.

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