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Top RFA Wingers

from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

Besides Mitch Marner...

What other wingers will command a big payday on the restricted free agent market this summer? Let’s take a look:

Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche
Rantanen shook off a disappointing rookie campaign in 2016-17 that saw him finish with just 38 points by recording back-to-back 80-plus point campaigns, including 31 goals and 87 points this year. A member of one of the most dominant first lines in the NHL, Rantanen, 22, quickly emerged into one of the NHL’s best wingers, regardless of age. Assuming he asks for more than the $6.3 million Nathan MacKinnon is paid, Rantanen is set to become Colorado’s highest-paid player, and it wouldn’t be crazy to see Rantanen demand $9 million.

Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets
It’s hard to call a 30-goal season by a kid that didn’t turn 21 until the post-season a bad one, but Laine’s 50-point campaign was a step down from his 70 the previous year. Still, with his 110 goals putting him behind just four active players among goals by a U-22 player in the first three years of their career, Laine is one of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the NHL. Laine could earn in the $8-million range, using Vladimir Tarasenko’s $7.5 million and Leon Draisaitl’s $8.5-million deals as a starting point. Laine does have a bit of refining to do in his game, especially when it comes to playmaking, but he is still one of the best players on the Jets and should serve as a long-term fixture with the organization.

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Who’s ripe for a free agent offer sheet and from whom?

Nashville is looking for more scoring and giving up a bunch of firsts that should be in the later half of the first round might not be the biggest loss. Could they make a run at Marner or Laine? Other teams might include Columbus, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Philly or even Carolina.

If nothing else I’d like to see someone put a world of hurt on Toronto or Winnipeg by offering a large contract.

Posted by evileye on 05/23/19 at 10:38 AM ET

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If nothing else I’d like to see someone put a world of hurt on Toronto or Winnipeg by offering a large contract.

I guess you have to figure out which RFA on either of those teams feels so strongly that they want to f*ck over the team they currently play for (and would continue to play for should the team match the offer sheet).

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/23/19 at 11:57 AM ET

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I guess you have to figure out which RFA on either of those teams feels so strongly that they want to f*ck over the team they currently play for (and would continue to play for should the team match the offer sheet).

I know some players have allegiances to franchises but we see time and time again where a player choices to go somewhere based on what is best for them and/or their families. He’s not necessarily f*ucking over his team. It’s strictly business.

Posted by evileye on 05/23/19 at 12:59 PM ET

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Draisatl is a star without McDavid, Tarasenko plays when he wants to.

Laine one dimensional (but can be a complete NHL Player) Marner the far better player of those two, Tarasenko is still dead or last

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/23/19 at 07:43 PM ET

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I know some players have allegiances to franchises but we see time and time again where a player choices to go somewhere based on what is best for them and/or their families.

You know what we don’t see time and time again? Players signing offer sheets.

He’s not necessarily f*ucking over his team.

Oh yes, he very much is.

A player signing an offer sheet is forcing his team to either wildly overpay him (because that’s exclusively what happens with offer sheets) or take a bunch of question marks in return for letting him go.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/24/19 at 09:24 AM ET

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