Sorokin and Kaprizov will renew their contracts? The best limited free agents in the NHL
In recent days, NHL clubs have stepped up work to renew contracts with restricted free agents. Many teams managed to retain key players. For example, Winnipeg extended their contract with defender Neil Pionk, and the Rangers re-signed goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin. Nevertheless, many valuable hockey players still have not come to an agreement with the clubs that own the rights to them. We’ll tell you which of these players is still in the OCA status.
Brady Tkachuk, Drake Butterson (Ottawa)
Ottawa is still in a rebuilding phase, and both players are important parts of it. Together with Buffalo, the “Senators” are now the only ones who do not reach the floor of salaries, so nothing prevents them from spending money on hockey players who determine the team’s game in attack.
Naturally, Brady will receive a much larger contract, perhaps even the level of the highest paid player in the club Tom Chabo – $ 8 million a year – while Baterson, who only became entrenched in the base last season, could be awarded an average salary of $ 2 to $ 4 million
Juuse Saros (Nashville)
Over the past two years, Juuse, who previously acted as a backup for Pekka Rinne, has been slowly ousting the experienced compatriot from the team, becoming the first full-fledged number of the Predators last season. The fact that Nashville signed only David Rittich on the free agent market after Rinne left suggests that Tennessee will continue to bet on the 26-year-old Finn.
Nevertheless, the club and the player had a disagreement over the new contract, so Saros filed a lawsuit in arbitration in the hope of obtaining a larger contract. Given the recent deals made in the NHL with his colleagues in the role of Juus, the goalkeeper of the “predators” can count on a five-year agreement with a salary of $ 4.5-5 million a year.
Philip Groneck (Detroit)
Detroit has no apparent reason to underpay their leading defender, who also became Wing’s top scorer this past season. Last year, Red Wings General Manager Steve Yizerman promised that the contract with Groneck would be extended, so the whole question is only in the timing and amount of the contract. If the club manages to negotiate a long-term agreement with the Czech with an average salary of $ 6.5-7 million per year, then it will be a huge success for Detroit – the trend of recent weeks for large checks for defenders ($ 9.25 million for Darnell Nurse, for example, they seem to be an unreasonably large amount, especially considering the clogged payment of “Edmonton”) will make you believe it.
Rasmus Dalin (Buffalo)
The exchange of Rasmus Ristolainen to Philadelphia makes Rasmus Dalin the main defender of the team, and in the case of Jack Eikel’s departure, the main asset. Buffalo has a lot of free money, so the Swede can become a kind of Kale Makar for the “blades”, to whom Colorado has issued a six-year contract with a salary of $ 9 million a year.
Objectively, no one deserves that kind of money in the Sabers (although Jeff Skinner got a pretty good job), so the worst club of the last regular season can pay the same amount to Dalin only for loyalty. Much more justified would be an agreement with a salary of $ 5.5-6.5 million per year.
Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson (Vancouver)
Hughes and Petterson are the future of Vancouver, and potentially each of them deserves the highest salary among their teammates. However, to date, the Canucks have only $ 13.3 million under the ceiling, so reward, for example, Hughes with an agreement of the same Makar level, which is quoted equally high with the American, and even Ekman-Larsson, who receives more than the rest of the Killer Whale defenders. “, will not work.
Both hockey players may well get contracts-bridges for three to four years, after which Vancouver will certainly be able to offer them much more.
Nikita Zadorov (Calgary)
The question of where Zadorov will continue his career hung in the air throughout July. Some rumors left Nikita at Chicago, others sent him to Seattle, but in the end, the Blackhawks traded a defender at Calgary just hours before the free agency market opened.
And when it seemed that the new team of the Russian had already been determined, the player filed a lawsuit in arbitration. However, according to Zadorov’s agent Dan Milstein, there are no disagreements between the parties. “We filed an application for arbitration on behalf of Nikita Zadorov simply because the deal was recent and there was not enough time to negotiate a new contract with Calgary. Discussions are ongoing and both sides hope to sign a contract soon, ”Milstein tweeted.
The Flames and Nikita have time until August 26 to come to an amicable agreement – this is the date the arbitration hearing is scheduled. It is not worth expecting that Zadorov will be made the highest paid defender of the team (now that is Noah Hanifin, who receives $ 4.95 million a year), but the Russian can well count on a contract with an average salary of $ 4-4.5 million.
Andrey Svechnikov (“Carolina”)
Despite the fact that Andrey was expected to make more progress in the previous season, Karolina associates the future with the Russian and is going to build a team with him.
A few days ago, Hurricanes General Manager Don Waddell expressed confidence in the deal, so it remains only to wait for the official announcement. Considering that the hurricanes have a little more than $ 12 million under the ceiling, and Svechnikov is the only OCA with a full roster, the striker can get a good salary increase.
Ilya Sorokin, Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders)
The Islanders are one of the least active teams this summer. So far, New Yorkers have extended their contract with OCA Adam Pelech and made two exchanges aimed at unloading the payroll. As part of a similar deal with Detroit, the Islanders received versatile winger Richard Panic, who is likely to be a budget replacement for Kyle Palmieri with a salary of $ 1.375 million. The semi-finalists of the past Stanley Cup have just under $ 12 million left under the ceiling, and renewing the agreement with the Canadian, who clearly counts on a large salary, looks like the least priority task.
It is expected that the funds will go to new contracts for the NSA Casey Sizikas, as well as agreements with two young OCA – goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin and striker Anthony Beauvillier. Both Sorokin and Beauville on Long Island have high hopes, so the renewal of contracts is only a matter of time. Unlike Pelech, none of them filed a claim to arbitration, which means that no disagreements are expected in the negotiations.
Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota)
The main contract saga of this offseason. Kaprizov’s outstanding debut season, which earned him the Calder Trophy, put Minnesota in an awkward position to negotiate a new deal. “Wild” tried to sign Kirill for 8 years and $ 72 million, wanting to keep him in their composition for many years, and even bought the contracts of the team veterans Ryan Suter and Zach Parise in order to get additional funds that could be offered to the Russian. However, the best rookie of the 2020/2021 season and his agent Paul Theofanos are in no hurry to tie the striker to a long-term contract with the “savages” and are trying to dialogue with the club from a position of strength and conclude a new contract on their own terms.
In three years, Kaprizov will become an unrestricted free agent, and an agreement with Minnesota for this period seems to be the most reasonable option for a player who can finally settle in the NHL for a good salary and then enter the market in search of a better deal. Naturally, the “savages” want to give their star a longer contract.
Due to the insufficient number of seasons, Kirill does not have the right to negotiate with other clubs (since he signed his first contract at the age of 23, he had to spend at least two years in the league to get an offer), so Wild has enough time, to negotiate with him. It’s hard to believe in rumors persistently sending Kaprizov to CSKA, so sooner or later we’ll probably hear about Kirill’s new agreement with Minnesota.
Kevin Fiala (Minnesota)
Against the backdrop of numerous conversations about the future of Kaprizov, Wilde’s problems in concluding a contract with another leading player of the team, Kevin Fiala, turn out to be a little in the shadows. The Swiss is by far the top scorer of the Savages over the past two seasons, and in terms of influence on the team’s game for Minnesota, he is a little less important than the Russian.
If we start from the realities of today’s market, Fiala, who previously received an average salary of $ 3 million, deserves at least $ 5-6 million a year, however, the club apparently believes that Kevin’s services cost much less, so he filed a lawsuit in arbitration. Minnesota”.