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Offer Sheets May Be Coming

from Dan Falkenheim of Sports Illustrated,

“It’s not due to any gentleman’s agreement,” ex-general manager Brian Burke says. “The team that matches will only drive up prices. There’s no point in making an offer sheet unless you can get the player.”...

"The right to match is the real chill,” says Mike Liut, who represents current RFAs Laine, Rantanen and Jordan Binnington. “A right to match, in any setting, chills the market because you’re essentially negotiating a contract for somebody else.”...

Liut says he talked to GMs in the past who’ve indicated they wouldn’t hesitate to send an offer sheet if teams are in a vulnerable cap situation. While Ryan O’Reilly signed the last offer sheet six years ago, there’s no longer a taboo attached to going after another team’s restricted free agent. There just aren’t incentives to push a team to do so.

“I think you’ll see some [offer sheets] this summer,” Burke says. “There’s too many teams in cap hell that have really attractive players.”

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I’ll believe it when I hear that an actual offer sheet has actually been signed by an actual NHL player and his team is actually on the clock to match or not.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/19/19 at 12:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

We keep hearing the offer sheets are coming, but…. we keep not seeing them.

Posted by Primis on 06/19/19 at 12:50 PM ET

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While Ryan O’Reilly signed the last offer sheet six years ago, there’s no longer a taboo attached to going after another team’s restricted free agent. There just aren’t incentives to push a team to do so.

6 years ago…and I kind of think that disqualifies Burke’s statement….

“I think you’ll see some [offer sheets] this summer,” Burke says. “There’s too many teams in cap hell that have really attractive players.”

Posted by TreKronor on 06/19/19 at 01:52 PM ET

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The issue this year is Tampa, Vegas, and Toronto are in cap hell and it could get worse if the cap est of 83M becomes 81.5M in actuality.  Also the AAV compensation values were adjusted upward again for the 2019-20 season making easier to make an offer sheet in general.

Mitch Marner, Brayden Point, William Karlsson, and Kasperi Kapanen are really the only guys that would get them.

Tampa has to move Callahan. Toronto has to move Marleau and Zaitsev. Vegas—I don’t even know what player to target.  I can see a team targeting one of those 4 players.So it not just an offer sheet, but the threat of one that will cause movement of players. And that is something that the Wings with cap space to burn can take advantage of.

Posted by d ca on 06/19/19 at 03:33 PM ET

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