The flat cap environment, one would think, would actually encourage more offer sheets but as we saw last fall, none were tendered.

Despite having so many teams on the ropes with the frozen salary cap, which in theory would put them at risk for the hostility of an offer sheet, last offseason came and went without one.

Whether it’s because Montreal’s offer sheet matched by Carolina in July 2019 scared teams off for a while — some front-office executives have mentioned that to me — it’s hard to tell for sure.

Knowing how likely it is that a team will match has always been a deterring factor given the hard feelings it creates. I’d be surprised if Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has forgiven the Habs. (Hey, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is a restricted free agent this summer! Just kidding. I think.)

But I will say one offer sheet possibility has popped up in a few conversations I’ve had this week: Cale Makar.

I also talked about this on TSN’s Insider Trading on Tuesday.

First of all, believe me when I say the Colorado Avalanche internally are cognizant that this possibility might lurk out there and are guarding against it. They’re a smart front office and will be prepared for anything.

Secondly, no question the Avs would match any single offer sheet to their prized blueliner.

Third, there’s zero evidence Makar and his camp led by agent Brian Bartlett have any plans to seek one out at this juncture. By all indications, Makar loves it in Denver and wants to simply sign a fair deal in his second contract.