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A Day Closer To Free Agency

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With exactly 10 days to go until Free Agent Frenzy, one name has rocketed up TSN Hockey’s Top 75 list.

That would be Minnesota Wild defenceman Carson Soucy, a Group VI unrestricted free agent. To qualify as a Group VI free agent, a player must be at least 25, played three pro seasons and appeared in fewer than 80 NHL games.

The Wild was painfully close to the games played threshold that would have limited Soucy’s leverage as a restricted free agent. Soucy, 26, needed to skate in a combined 76 career regular season and playoff games (pro-rated from the usual 80 because of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the Wild to retain him as an RFA.

Soucy ended up at 66 combined career games after missing the Wild’s final nine pre-pause games due to injury and then playing four games in the postseason.

As a result, Soucy is now up to No. 19 on the Top 75, as sources say more than a third of the NHL’s teams are hungry to see him hit the market on Oct. 9.

That interest and freedom has increased his price. The belief is Soucy could well land in the $2.5 million to $3 million range on a multi-year deal.

continued with a list of the top 75 UFAs...

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Eleven goalies on that list, plus Howard and Anderson.

And a number in each of what one might call three tiers:

1) Number one goalies for teams looking to upgrade

2) Strong 1B/top backup platoon types

3) Veterans nearing the end who are looking for the right fit/
hoping for a chance as a backup

And there’s Darcy Kuemper via the trade route.

Definitely a buyer’s market except perhaps for a couple of the most
coveted guys.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/30/20 at 03:46 PM ET


Soucy would be tough to lose, especially if they feel they have to
move Dumba. It’s even possible they could move Dumba
and Soucy could be picked if they re-sign him.

Minnesota was one of several teams who got hit hard
in the last expansion draft. Look at Vegas’s roster and
the teams they managed to extract picks - and quality players
from jump out at you right away.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/30/20 at 03:50 PM ET

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