Frozen Pool Forensics: Pay The Man – Part 2

Chris Liggio



In continuation of last week’s piece, let’s look at another batch of players heading for unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2019, barring a prior contract signing. 


Tyler Seguin


Blossoming into one of the most consistent offensive forwards in the league since coming to Texas five seasons ago, Tyler Seguin finds himself without a contract beyond the coming season. We can assume Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill will sign him to a lengthy contract extension before he ever sniffs free agency but there are no guarantees if this team does not make the postseason in 2018-19. Now approaching 27 years of age, if Seguin feels the team no longer has what it takes to claim the Stanley Cup, he may very well test free agency after seeing the astounding amount of money John Tavares signed for. The fact that only six players have more points than the Plymouth Whalers alum since 2013-14, coupled with his 0.99 pts/gm compared to Tavares 0.98 pts/gm in that timeframe, he more than deserves that type of deal. Second to only Alexander Ovechkin in shots on goal last year, Seguin is one of the most dangerous shooters in the game, finally ascending to the 40-goal plateau in 2017-18. With improvement in his play away from the puck as apparent in his plus-12 last year compared to minus-15 in 2016-17, Seguin is also seemingly rounding out his game with age. His consistency needs be coveted far more by fantasy owners as not many are a lock for 70-points year in and year out. Whether in Dallas or elsewhere, Seguin stands to be paid handsomely next summer with the production to back it up.


Yanni Gourde


On arguably the deepest team in the league, Yanni Gourde is never going to receive the acknowledgement he deserves for his arrival in the NHL. With 64 points in his first full 82-game season, rarely seeing time with Steven Stamkos and never with Nikita Kucherov, the Saint-Narcisse native would be a top line player potentially for other franchises. Quite literally coming out of nowhere, Gourde is a relentless energy player who can put up goals and assists whilst pestering the opposition across all 200 feet of ice. Perseverance is the word to use when describing the undersized forward who took a long path to the game’s top league. That will and determination will only motivate him ever more to put his best foot forward in 2018-19 to secure another contract. Being on a team with so much cap space locked up in a handful of players, there are no guarantees he stays with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Playing with dynamic Brayd