Remaining RFA’s That Need a Quick Deal

Remaining RFA’s That Need a Quick Deal

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USATSI_8362234_154224518_lowresNow that a tentative CBA is in place, which should be officially be signed off on in the next couple days, teams will be looking to fill out their training camp rosters.

Some teams will look to bring in recent draft picks who are playing in the CHL or overseas. Others deciding on whether there is a veteran AHLer who deserves a shot. There are still unrestricted free agents that could be brought in to challenge for a roster.

There are several NHL teams that may now have to enter some tough negotiations. There are a handful of restricted free agents who didn’t sign before the lockout started that will be looking for a nice new contract.

With a season possibly starting on January 15th or 19th, and with a lot of work for GMs to do before then, they will have their work cut out getting some of these deals done.

Below is a list of players who will quickly have to work out a new contract.

Player Team Pos Age Cap Hit
Dmitry Kulikov Florida Panthers D 22 $1,325,000
Nick Petrecki San Jose Sharks D 23 $1,125,000
Michael Del Zotto New York Rangers D 22 $1,087,500
Ryan O’Reilly Colorado Avalanche C 21 $900,000
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens D 23 $875,000
Jamie Benn Dallas Stars C 23 $821,667
Nick Palmieri Minnesota Wild RW 23 $801,667
Cody Franson Toronto Maple Leafs D 25 $800,000
Brett MacLean Phoenix Coyotes LW 23 $735,000
James Sheppard San Jose Sharks C 24 $725,000

The 2012-13 salary cap is set at $70.2 million. Most teams won’t have an issue with that, but the 2013-14 salary cap may become more of an issue for some. The new CBA calls for a $64.3 million cap ceiling for 2013-14. The Canadiens are already at $60.2 million for next year, with only 16 players signed. Here’s a quick look at what teams have committed for next season.

There is the possibility that these teams/players had the frameworks to new deals laid out before the lockout began, and could quickly get them re-signed. Others may not be so lucky.