Top Canadians to change teams on opening day of 2023 NHL Free Agency

Alex Killorn (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

National Hockey League Free Agency started on Wednesday. Here are 18 Canadians who switched teams. Players on the list had a minimum of 10 points last season or 10 games played among goaltenders.

1) Alex Killorn–┬áThe centre from Halifax, Nova Scotia signed a four-year contract worth $25 million with the Anaheim Ducks. This past season, Killorn had 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 points with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021.

2) Matt Duchene–The centre from Haliburton, Ontario signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Dallas Stars. This past season, Duchene had 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points with the Nashville Predators. He has also previously played with the Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. Duchene won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and represented the Avalanche at the 2011 and 2016 NHL All-Star Games.

3) Michael Bunting–The left winger from Scarborough, Ontario signed a three-year deal worth $13.5 million with the Carolina Hurricanes. This past season, Bunting had 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has also previously played for the Arizona Coyotes.

4) Alexander Kerfoot–The centre from Vancouver, British Columbia signed a two-year deal worth $7 million with the Coyotes. This past season, Kerfoot had 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points with the Maple Leafs. He has also previously played for the Avalanche.

5) Ryan O’Reilly–The centre from Clinton, Ontario signed a four-year deal worth $18 million with the Predators. This past season, O’Reilly had 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points with the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. While with the Blues, he won the 2019 Stanley Cup, where he led all players with 23 playoff points. In addition to the Blues and Maple Leafs, O’Reilly has played for the Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres. He represented the Sabres at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and the Blues at the 2019 and 2020 NHL All-Star Game. The awards O’Reilly has won are the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy with the Avalanche, and the 2019 Selke and Conn Smythe Trophy with the Blues.

6) Jonathan Drouin–The left winger from Ste-Agathe, Quebec signed a one-year deal worth $825,000 with the Avalanche. This past season, Drouin had two goals and 27 assists for 29 points with the Montreal Canadiens. He has also previously for the Lightning.

7) Sam Steel–The centre from Adrossan, Alberta signed a one-year deal worth $825,00 with the Stars. This past season, Steel had 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points with the Minnesota Wild. He has also played with the Ducks.

7) Morgan Geekie–The centre from Strathclair, Manitoba signed a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Boston Bruins. This past season, Geekie had nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points with the Seattle Kraken. He has also played with the Carolina Hurricanes.

9) Ryan Graves–The defenseman from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia signed a six-year deal worth $27 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This past season, Graves had eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points with the New Jersey Devils. He has also played with the Avalanche.

10) Luke Schenn–The defenseman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan signed a three-year deal worth $8.25 million with the Predators. This past season he had four goals and 18 assists for 22 points with the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has also played with the Philadelphia Flyers,

11) Milan Lucic–The left winger from Vancouver, British Columbia signed a one-year deal worth $1 million with the Bruins. This past season he had seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points with the Calgary Flames. He has previously played with the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. While with the Bruins he won the 2011 Stanley Cup.

12) Carson Soucy–The defenseman from Viking, Alberta signed a three-year deal worth $9.75 million with the Vancouver Canucks. This past season he had three goals and 13 assists for 16 points with the Kraken. Soucy previously played for the Wild.

13) Ryan Reaves–The right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba signed a three-year deal worth $4.05 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs. This past season he had five goals and 10 assists for 15 points with the Minnesota Wild. Reaves also previously played with the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers.

14) Troy Stecher–The defenseman from Richmond, British Columbia signed a one-year deal worth $1.1 million with the Arizona Coyotes. This past season he had three goals and 11 assists for 14 points with the Coyotes and Calgary Flames. Stecher previously played for the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings.

15) Josh Archibald–The right winger from Regina, Saskatchewan signed a two-year deal worth $1.6 million with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This past season he had six goals and six assists for 12 points with the Penguins. Archibald also previously played for the Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers. He won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2017.

16) Cam Talbot–The goaltender from Caledonia, Ontario signed a one-year deal worth $1 million with the Los Angeles Kings. This past season with Ottawa, he had a record of 17 wins, 14 regulation losses, and two losses in extra time. Talbot had one shutout, a goals against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .898. He has also played for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild.

17) James Reimer–The goaltender from Morweena, Manitoba signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with the Detroit Red Wings. This past season with the San Jose Sharks, he had a record of 12 wins, 21 regulation losses, and three losses in extra time. Reimer also had three shutouts, goals against average of 3.48 and a save percentage of .890. He has also played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes.

18) Laurent Brossoit–The goaltender from Port Alberni, British Columbia signed a one-year deal worth $1.75 million with the Jets. This past season with the Vegas Golden Knights, he had a record of seven wins, zero regulation losses, and three losses in extra time, with a goals against average of 2.17 and a save percentage of .927. Brossoit previously played for the Oilers and Jets. He won a Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights in 2023.

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