The Contrarian: The Selfish Seven

Demetri Fragopoulos


What are the chances that each of the unsigned RFAs holds out?

Fantasy owners cannot wait for the regular season to start in about ten days. Until then, we hope that our guys manage to come out of the remainder of the pre-season free from injury.

If you own Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Mattias Janmark (SportsDay Dallas Morning News) or Clarke MacArthur (Ottawa Citizen), you are wondering why this had to happen right now. You are also thanking that at least some parts of their recovery will take place before the season begins.

There are other injuries to other players too, and all of the above still applies.

Injuries happen, and they are part of the risk when drafting and trading for your roster. It still sucks, but it could be worse.

Yes, those times when your normally healthy player decides that they need more money or opportunity. We have seven such restricted free agent cases at the moment.

In order of NHL team:


Estimated Wants

Player Agent

Rickard Rakell

$24M over 6 years

Peter Wallen (Octagon)

Hampus Lindholm

$48M over 8 years

Claude Lemieux (4Sports Entertainment)

Tobias Rieder

$5.4M over 2 years or trade

Darren Ferris (Definitive Hockey Group)

Rasmus Ristolainen

Unknown. Skating w/team

Mike Liut (