It is a little early but I always like to see what unrestricted free agents are on each team before the start of the season and see if the team will look to keep the player or trade them before the deadline. In addition, it is a huge incentive for the players to dig deep and put up very good numbers to ensure that they get the best contract they can going forward.
I've highlighted the key impending UFAs from each team in bold. I've also listed each player's best totals over the past three seasons to give us an idea of what point production they might still be capable of.
Rickard Rakell (W)- 28 years old; $3.79 million AAV expiring contract; 69-18-25-43 is his best year over the past three seasons.
Ryan Getzlaf (C) – 36; $3 million; 67-14-34-48
Nicolas Deslauriers (C) – 30; $1 million; 59-7-6-13 with 137 hits
Buddy Robinson (W) – 29; $750k; career 21-2-1-3 with 48 hits
Hampus Lindholm (D) – 27; $5.2 million; 76-6-22-28 with 133 blocks
Josh Manson (D) – 29; $4.1 million; 74-3-13-16 with 184 hits and 90 blocks
Kodie Curran (D) – 31; $1 million; no NHL games, 48-12-37-49 in the SHL in 2018-19
Ryan Kesler (C) – 37; $6.875 million LTIR; effectively retired
Sam Carrick (C) – 29; $750k; career 47-4-7-11 with 91 hits
Vinni Lettieri (W) – 26; $750k; career 51-2-6-8 with 72 hits
Trevor Carrick (D) – 27; $750k; career 7-0-0-0, 71-9-38-47 in the AHL in 2018-19
Greg Pateryn (D) – 31; $750k; 80-1-6-7 with 144 hits and 118 blocks
Brogan Rafferty (D) – 26; $750k; career 3-0-1-1, 57-7-38-45 in the AHL in 2019-20
The team can't look at Rakell and think about the 34 goals and 69 point year he had in 2017-18. They are better served to let some of the younger players like Troy Terry or Alexander Volkov absorb some of his top-six roles and move him before the deadline