Ramblings – Looking at some RFA’s – Who Stays, Who Goes and More… (June 13)



Hard at work on the Fantasy Prospects Report, which will come out the afternoon of June 14. It is the 16th edition and has been an invaluable resource for keeper and dynasty leaguers. You can pre-order it here.


The Stanley Cup Final: Defending Stanley Cup Champions versus the Juggernaut. The team that just can't be put down, against the team that can't be stopped. This will be a good one, made more interesting by the fact that Brayden Point will be back for Tampa Bay (probably) and Nazem Kadri is out for the series for Colorado (probably). That certainly balances the scales. The Lightning have the obvious edge in goaltending and experience, and probably coaching as well. The Avalanche are deeper, have better offense and a more mobile defense.

On a lesser note, Andrew Cogliano is out for the series as well. Really feel for the Cogliano and Kadri, as they miss out. And with finger and thumb injuries, respectively, can they even hold the Cup above their head?


Andrei Vasilevskiy just won the series for Tampa Bay, but those six games proved to me that Igor Shesterkin is, indeed, better.


A lot of talk about this year's crop of UFA's, but not enough talk about the restricted variety of free agent. Let's take a look at some interesting restricted free agents (RFA) and what's ahead for them.

Patrik Laine: Needs a Qualifying Offer (QO) of $7.5M. He'll get that. I don't think he deserves a raise and I don't think he'll be poached by another team. He may file for arbitration to get more though.

Matthew Tkachuk: Needs a QO of $9M. Ouch. But he'll get that for sure. I don't think he'll go to arbitration when he's already going to make a ton.

Brock Boeser:  needs a QO of $7.5M and I think the Canucks have to do it.

Kevin Fiala: needs a $5.1 QO and the Wild will give that to him. But he won't sign it, and therein lies Minnesota's problem. I think they work hard on trying to keep him, but it may not be feasible.


There is a good chance that the following players do not receive a QO from their team and thus become unrestricted free agents, able to sign with any team:

Dominik Kubalik ($4M), Dylan Strome ($3.6M), Miles Wood ($3.5M)

There is a 'small' chance, but still a chance, that the following players also don't receive a QO from their team and become UFAs:

Alexandar Georgiev ($2.6