The 2023 class of free agents was not thought to be a bumper crop, but one NHL executive quoted by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski declared it “fucking awful”.
The goaltending group is headlined by Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry, the Carolina Hurricanes tandem of Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, and Semyon Varlamov of the NY Islanders.
Defensively, the top target will likely be Minnesota’s Matt Dumba, with Scott Mayfield of the Islanders, Radko Gudas of the Florida Panthers, and Dmitri Orlov of the Boston Bruins attracting considerable interest.
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Three-time Cup winners Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both have health issues that may cloud interest and their availability for next season, and the most impactful forwards appear to be former Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly and winger Vladimir Tarasenko.
These free agents may not draw the types of exorbitant salaries because the NHL’s salary cap will be going up $1 million for the third year in a row, but usually, even a thin crop of free agents still manages to get overpaid in the end.
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Bratt Hits It Big
The New Jersey Devils seem to be following the same pattern as the Sabres in locking up their young core group on long-term deals. On Thursday, the Devils signed winger Jesper Bratt to an eight-year, $63 million deal ($7.875 million AAV). The 24-year-0ld tied a career-high with 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) last season. New Jersey now has former top overall picks Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier under contract for multiple years, along with defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
Jesper Bratt will be spending the next eight seasons in the Garden State.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) June 15, 2023
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