Wild West: Early Look at UFAs in the West for 2022-23 – Part Two

Grant Campbell

2021-09-20

We will continue our look at impending UFAs in the West this week with Minnesota, Nashville, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver, Vegas and Winnipeg

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.

Minnesota Wild

Victor Rask (C) – 28 years old; $4 million AAV expiring contract; 54-10-13-23 is his most productive year over the past three seasons

Nick Bjugstad (C/W) – 29; $900k; 64-14-12-26 with 126 hits with Florida and Pittsburgh

Kyle Rau (W) – 28; $750k; career 56-2-5-7 with 69 hits

Nico Sturm (W) – 26; $725k; career 58-11-8-19 and last year 50-11-6-17

Alex Goligoski (D) – 36; $5 million; 70-4-28-32 with 91 hits and 134 blocked shots with Arizona

Jordie Benn (D) – 34; $900k; 81-5-17-22 with 124 hits and 128 blocked shots with Montreal

Jon Merrill (D) – 29; $850k; 57-3-12-15 with 71 hits and 72 blocked shots with Vegas

Kevin Czuczman (D) – 30; $750k; career 15-0-2-2; 65-4-17-21 in the AHL

Jon Lizotte (D) – 26; $750k; no career games; 59-0-17-17 in the AHL

Andrew Hammond (G) – 33; $750k; hasn't played in the NHL since 2017-18; career 57 GP 27 W 2.31 GAA 92.3 save percentage and 12.9 GSAA. His 2014-15 is still one of the most impressive stat lines out there.