2022 NHL Free Agency Betting Props and Picks

  • Bovada’s NHL Free Agency Betting Props allow you to wager on what franchises sign available star players across the league
  • Johnny Gaudreau (-195) is favored to re-sign with the Calgary Flames this summer
  • Teams can sign unrestricted free agents (UFAs) beginning on July 13 at noon ET

Last week, we shared our 2022 NHL Draft Betting Picks. After hockey’s future stars come off the board in Montreal this Thursday and Friday, the league’s general managers will immediately turn their attention to NHL Free Agency.

Starting on Wednesday, July 13, big-time unrestricted free agents like Johnny Gaudreau, Filip Forsberg, Claude Giroux, Nazem Kadri and Evgeni Malkin will be available to the highest bidder. Before we look at where those players might land, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NHL hockey in 2022 and also our guide to NHL draft betting..

Johnny Gaudreau’s next team

Calgary Flames-195
New Jersey Devils+325
Philadelphia Flyers+350
New York Islanders+650
Nashville Predators+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1200

Flames fans should be worried

Johnny Gaudreau’s favored to stay with the Flames (-195) following a Hart Trophy-quality year with a career-high 115 points (40 G, 75 A). However, hockey insiders say the 28-year-old left winger remains undecided, and his camp has not communicated his intentions to Calgary either way.

Chatter has connected the South Jersey native to the Flyers (+350) for years, but Philadelphia’s lack of financial flexibility makes New Jersey (+325) a more realistic option. The Devils have $56 million in cap space in 2023. With eight consecutive playoff appearances, the Nashville Predators (+1200) offer a quality organization in a fun city. “Johnny Hockey” could also team up with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh (+1200) if the Penguins move on from Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

Evgeni Malkin’s next team

Pittsburgh Penguins-300
Carolina Hurricanes+750
New Jersey Devils+750
Colorado Avalanche+800
Los Angeles Kings+850
New York Islanders+850
Boston Bruins+950

Where will Geno go?

Evgeni Malkin is heavy chalk to stay in Pittsburgh (-300) where he’s won three Stanley Cups in 16 seasons with the organization. But, numerous agents have reportedly told The Athletic that Penguins general manager Ron Hextall will prioritize signing defenseman Kris Letang, who is -250 to stay in the Steel City.

The 35-year-old center has seemed willing to take a pay cut, but it’s always possible he ends up on another contender like Carolina (+750) or Colorado (+800), or even sunny Los Angeles (+850). And, how about forming a deadly Russian connection with Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals?

Johnny Gaudreau Next TeamNew Jersey Devils
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Evgeni Malkin Next TeamColorado Avalanche
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Nazem Kadri’s next team

Colorado Avalanche+100
Washington Capitals+300
New Jersey Devils+550
New York Islanders+550
Seattle Kraken+600
Philadelphia Flyers+850
Ottawa Senators+900

Staying with the champs?

Nazem Kadri may have priced himself out of Colorado (+100) with an incredible playoff run with the Cup champs. If the 31-year-old center wants $8 to 9 million per season, the Avalanche could try to go a cheaper route at center (the aforementioned Malkin or Claude Giroux). The Capitals (+300) are also rumored to have interest in Kadri after center Nicklas Backstrom underwent hip surgery.

Claude Giroux’s next team

Florida Panthers-140
Ottawa Senators+140
Carolina Hurricanes+850
Colorado Avalanche+1100
Calgary Flames+1200
New York Islanders+1200
Dallas Stars+1400

Best Bets

Claude Giroux is expected to resign with the cap-strapped Florida Panthers (-140) or return to his hometown of Ottawa (+140). But, don’t sleep on the Avalanche at +1100. If the 34-year-old wants to chase a ring, he’d be an affordable and productive replacement for Kadri at center ice.

Claude Giroux – Colorado (+1100)

Nazem Kadri – Philadelphia (+850)

Evgeni Malkin – Washington (N/A)

Johnny Gaudreau – New Jersey (+325) or Pittsburgh (+1200)

Claude Giroux Next TeamColorado Avalanche
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