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8 NHL RFAs nonetheless unsigned: Newest rumours, studies


Coaching camp is looking.

Nearly all of NHLers have already returned to their hockey properties.

And but? Eight restricted free brokers are nonetheless twisting within the wind.

The final of the unsigned have a lot in frequent.

None have celebrated their 24th birthday. None had arbitration rights. All are eligible to signal a proposal sheet, primarily their solely leverage outdoors of failing to report for camp or threatening to take their providers abroad.

With camp set to open subsequent week, right here is the place issues stand with the remaining RFAs of 2022.

Let’s play hardball.

1. Jason Robertson

Age: 23
Place: Left wing / Proper wing
2021-22 wage cap hit: $795,000

What’s the deal? A serious motive Jim Nill opted to not re-sign defenceman John Klingberg is as a result of the Dallas Stars GM is in search of to speculate a larger portion of his restricted cap house in youth.

Beginning goalie Jake Oettinger was bridged on Sept. 1 with a three-year, $12-million contract, shifting all eyes to Robertson.

The 2021 Calder Trophy runner-up has been a godsend, establishing himself as a top-line risk and choosing up slack from growing older leaders Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.

Nill faces a compelling query: Attempt to lock up as a lot of Robertson’s prime now in hopes he appears to be like like a discount later, the way in which he did with a younger Klingberg and 2021 RFA Miro Heiskanen? Or go along with a bridge deal and danger handing Robertson elevated leverage down the street?

With injured goaltender Anton Khudobin buried on LTIR, Nill has roughly $7 million to work with right here.

“These RFA offers will typically sit and wait, that is type of the character of it,” Stars proprietor Tom Gaglardi mentioned on the Cam & Strick Podcast. “We have got the cap house sitting, ready for these guys. And so no, we’re not involved about it.

“These conversations are occurring. I can not inform you {that a} deal is imminent.”

Gaglardi appears to like the participant however hate the pattern.

“A child within the third yr of his entry-level (deal) places up 40 objectives, and now he needs to make $7 million,” Gaglardi mentioned. “In order for you time period with that participant, he will take you larger than that … The celebs are taking all the cash, and the blokes within the center are getting squeezed.”

Marvel what Gaglardi thinks of the Tage Thompson and Tim Stützle extensions.

2. Sean Durzi

Age: 23
Place: Defence
2021-22 wage cap hit: $809,166

What’s the deal? A beautiful return piece from the Jake Muzzin commerce, Durzi made noise in 2021-22 as a rookie contributor for the Los Angeles Kings.

Scoring three objectives and including 24 assists in 64 video games for the playoff staff, the Mississauga, Ont., native proved that affected person AHL growth can repay.

Durzi’s playmaking juiced the Kings’ energy play, notably when Drew Doughty went all the way down to harm, and the suitable shot seized essentially the most of his NHL alternative, averaging 19:35 of ice time.

GM Rob Blake strikes in silence, however he’s reportedly engaged in talks with Durzi’s agent. The deal stays a piece in progress whereas the facet have “exchanged varied proposals,” in accordance with Kings insider John Hoven.

With fellow RFA D-man Mikey Anderson signing a one-year, $1-million deal over the weekend and Durzi attending staff occasions, you must think about a deal is nigh.

3. Alex Formenton

Age: 22
Place: Left wing
2021-22 wage cap hit: $747,500

What’s the deal? Formenton entered the summer season scorching off a breakout platform marketing campaign during which he erupted for 18 objectives and 32 factors, proving he can contribute decrease down the lineup as a first-time, full-time NHLer.

The offensively minded winger’s two-way sport nonetheless wants enchancment, nevertheless.

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion — one of many undisputed stars of the ’22 low season — has the cap room to signal Formenton to an extended deal if he chooses, however the govt is claimed to nonetheless be poking round for extra assistance on the blue line.

Throughout a radio look with TSN 1200 on Aug. 26, Dorion mentioned he was engaged in constructive talks with Formenton’s agent and expects the ahead will probably be signed previous to camp’s opening later this month.

4. Barrett Hayton

Age: 22
Place: Centre / Left wing
2021-22 wage cap hit: $894,167

What’s the deal? In contrast to most franchises with gamers on the unsigned listing, the Arizona Coyotes have cap house to spare.

GM Invoice Armstrong can’t cry poor when negotiating with 2018’s fifth-overall decide, and with younger expertise important to get issues on monitor within the desert, this one ought to be a no brainer.

“I do not suppose the edges are far aside. Ought to get accomplished earlier than camp,” tweeted long-serving Coyotes insider Craig Morgan.

Hayton has been gradual to pop for a top-five decide however is trending in the suitable course, posting profession highs in video games performed (60), objectives (10) and assists (14) final season.

We’d counsel a bridge, believing Hayton has extra to show. However the Coyotes have a monitor file of handing phrases to guys of their early 20s (Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, Lawson Crouse, Jakob Chychrun), hoping these offers will appear to be bargains down the street.

5. Rasmus Sandin

Age: 22
Place: Defence
2021-22 wage cap hit: $894,167

What’s the deal? “Negotiations are going nowhere,” Lewis Gross, Sandin’s agent, advised us on Aug. 17.

Why the standstill?

“I can’t reply that. You understand I do not normally say a lot (publicly) anyway. However they’re simply going nowhere proper now.”

Gross declined to dive into the main points of the Maple Leafs’ ultimate unsigned RFA.

“Negotiating contracts through the media have an hostile influence on participant (and) staff repute and historically don’t create resolutions to personal issues,” Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas texted when knowledgeable of Gross’s feedback.

A number of elements — cash, time period, and Sandin’s position in a crowded defence corps — are at play.

With coaching camp not set to open till September, Gross mentioned it was too early to debate whether or not Sandin would take part with out a contract in place.

The idea is that Sandin was supplied a deal much like Timothy Liljegren’s two-year, $2.8-million bridge contract.

That fee appears honest, given current comparables. Anderson signed for one yr and $1 million in L.A. The Senators signed Erik Brannstrom for one yr and $900,000.

With so many veteran left-shot defenders beneath contract — Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, T.J. Brodie (who performs the suitable), and Mark Giordano — it stays unclear the place Sandin instantly matches right into a lineup he didn’t crack within the post-season after rehabbing a knee harm.

“They’re large elements of our future,” Dubas mentioned on the draft, lumping Liljegren into a solution on Sandin’s negotiation. “They’re considerably youthful than the opposite full-time members of our defence corps. And we’d like them to proceed to take steps.

“In Rasmus’s case, one of many main focuses is on attempting to set him as much as proceed to be wholesome during the yr and placing the right sources into him to arm him to do this.”

6. Nicolas Hague

Age: 23
Place: Defence
2021-22 wage cap hit: $791,667

What’s the deal? Hague has accrued 42 factors and 142 video games of NHL expertise over the previous three seasons in Vegas, establishing himself as a big-league contributor.

In late August, GM Kelly McCrimmon acknowledged that his high precedence earlier than camp could be getting Hague beneath contract, although Ben Hutton will probably be able to take Hague’s shifts if the 23-year-old digs in.

Goalie Robin Lehner’s shift to long-term injured reserve ought to present McCrimmon with the wiggle room to bridge Hague.

That mentioned, McCrimmon did go long run with younger D-men Brayden McNabb (4 years) and Zach Whitecloud (six years) out of their ELCs, securing every of their providers for lower than a $2.9 AAV.

FOX5 Las Vegas’s Vince Sapienza reported on Sept. 9 that there was “little or no dialogue since early July” between Hague and the staff and that the participant is “becoming concerned with the shortage of communication.”

7. Ryan McLeod

Age: 22
Place: Centre
2021-22 wage cap hit: $834,167

What’s the deal? Concern over getting McLeod signed in Edmonton is reportedly minimal.

He will probably be. In actual fact, he could have already got a deal in precept and the Oilers are simply ready for the transfer that creates the requisite cap house for his deal,” Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal wrote on Sept. 3. “Don’t be stunned if he finally ends up on a 1-year within the $800k vary.”

The Athletic’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman has McLeod’s wage within the $975,000 vary, with one yr extra possible than two.

Extra motive to not fret: McLeod has already joined the boys for casual staff practices in Alberta and is planning to attend staff occasions.

With spendy Ken Holland tight to the cap after splurging on UFAs Jack Campbell, Evander Kane, Brett Kulak and Ryan Murray, there have been whispers {that a} roster participant like Warren Foegele, Jesse Puljujarvi, or Tyson Barrie are potential commerce candidates to alleviate cap house.

8. Adam Ruzicka

Age: 23
Place: Centre / Proper wing
2021-22 wage cap hit: $801,666

What’s the deal? Right here’s a query: Do the Calgary Flames view Ruzicka as a full-time NHLer at this stage in his profession? Or does Brad Treliving see the ahead as a ‘tweener solely worthy of a two-way contract?

If it’s the latter, Calgary could take into account signing a extra established UFA vet (Cody Eakin is on PTO) to a short-term contract, giving Ruzicka an impediment to hurdle over for a sport within the backside six.

The massive Slovak (six-foot-four, 220 kilos) skated extra for Calgary (28 video games) than the AHL Warmth (16 video games) final season, posting a decent 5 objectives, 5 assists and a plus-8 score.

Nobody believes Ruzicka has reached his ceiling but.

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