The restricted free agent dominated hockey conversation in the summer of 2019, as a loaded class of emerging stars took greater slices of their respective teams’ salary pie, pushed negotiations into training camp, and signed an array of short-, long- and mid-term extensions that expanded the boundaries of contractual possibilities for talented twenthysomethings.
(Hey, we even saw our first signed offer sheet in more than six years.)
While several key members of the 2020 RFA class — Thomas Chabot, Nico Hischier, Clayton Keller, Alex DeBrincat, and Darnell Nurse — took the secure route and re-upped well in advance of July 1, there are plenty of sure-fire and breakout stars still eyeing big raises heading into 2020-21.
Those expectations may need to be tempered with a likely flattened salary cap, and it will be fascinating to see how negotiations play out under a new economic landscape. (More bridge deals, perhaps?)
Here is an early preview of the top 16 impending RFAs of 2020 and the latest reports surrounding their future.