Which of The Seven NHL Non-Playoff Clubs Will Make a Splash in The UFA Pool?

by | Jun 5, 2020 | Soapbox | 11 comments



  1. I doubt Dorion dips into the UFA market – agree that he’ll likely use his plethora of draft picks to go after a good young player with term from a team (or teams) absolutely needing to shed cap in order to re-sign key RFAs or perhaps their own UFA they wish to retain.

    If he does look at a UFA it would likely be someone like Brendan Dillon or Travis Hammonic, both D-men and just 29 y/o who’ll likely be available for no more than around $4 mil per on 3 year deals. Another outside possibility is LW Mikael Granlund.

    • Geore O

      I kind of agree with you.
      If Dorion will look to sign a
      free agent or two a dman and a forward.
      I like the idea of Brendan Dillion or Travis Hammionic another two names you could add to that list is Christopher Tanev and Carson Soucy and Trevor Van Riemsdyk.
      Dorion might look at Jimmy Vesey and Josh Lievo and Brendan Perlini.

  2. I think after eichels comments the sabres have to do something, they will have to move money around to do it though

    • They aren’t the only ones who will need to do that, Bigbadbruins, if they want to indulge in the UFA market – including, in several cases, their OWN UFAs who they may wish to keep, never mind their key RFAs.

      And therein lies the problem. Perhaps, before Covid-19, we might have seen some movement to those ends. But now, with financial uncertainty staring everyone in the face, and still no handle on the virus itself, including possible mutations and no viable vaccine in the foreseeable future, I don’t see a whole lot of teams willing and able to take on expensive contracts with any kind of significant term.

      It won’t be business as usual for a long time.

      • I agree 100% logic says the cap should drop a few million dollars and no buy outs that only helps the rich teams.

  3. Pierre Dorion the accidental genius.

  4. Man, I can’t even begin to see how the Sharks are gonna dig themselves out of the whole they are in unless buyouts are permitted. The backend is a mess, including the goalie situation. With Lehrner hoping for a big payday and term, even a buyout of Jones would still leave Wilson loath to give a big contract to another goalie. Vlassic would be a buyout candidate as well. Moving Burns back to forward still makes sense to me. Reacquiring Dillon would be a good move as well. Only time will tell. Yipes!

    • If Wilson can pull it off and the Sharks become playoff contenders next season, he’ll deserve a nod as GM of the year.

      • Lyle Richardson

        If the Sharks have to go through a rebuild. Will it be Doug Wilson who will guide the Sharks through that rebuild or will Doug Wilson be fired before then?

        I would like to see Doug Wilson get the same role as Brenden Shannahan with another team for example the Senators.

    • I though Sharks should’ve moved on from Wilson 2 years ago. Rebuild beginning there.

  5. On Taylor Hall wanting to sign with a contender might be tougher than he thinks. Even Yotes need to clear space to sign him. Of the contenders, who is in the best position to sign considering cap restraints?
    If you’re team #15 or 16, you’re not a contender.


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