Jari Kurri, Edmonton's star right wing, became a free agent with compensation, but it looks doubtful whether any NHL club will pay the price to get him.
Kurri, who became the NHL's all-time playoff goal scorer and sparked the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup this spring, has said he expects to sign a contract to play in Italy.
"It should be done by the first or second week of July for sure," Kurri said last week about negotiations with Milan club officials.
Kurri would love to be reunited with former linemate Wayne Gretzky in Los Angeles. If he were to sign now, the Oilers could demand compensation, but if he plays one year in Europe, he could join the Kings next season and the Oilers would not be entitled to compensation because Kurri would have reached the required age of 31.
Kurri heads the list of free agents with compensation. Other notables are Bob Carpenter (Boston), Wayne Presley (Chicago), Mike Gartner and John Ogrodnick (New York Rangers) and Scott Stevens (Washington). Montreal's Mats Naslund is listed as a free agent with compensation but has signed with a club in Switzerland.
Players available without compensation include Brian Propp, Al Secord, Duane Sutter, Randy Gregg, Ken Linseman and Paul Reinhart.