Capped: High-End Restricted Free Agents, Like Laine, Dubois, and Tkachuk

Jamie Molloy


With free agency starting on the 13th of this month, I figured its time to begin talking about some of the bigger named RFA's that are out there. I have discussed some of the UFA's in prior weeks articles so feel free to check those out as well. After going through the list of RFA's that we have this summer, I realized that this is a high-end group of players.

We are slowly getting into the more exciting part of the offseason; the draft is starting tonight (as of the day that this article was released) and for some fans it can be stressful to see their team not take the players that they want. Much like us fantasy GM's, the real-life General Managers also have their preferences to certain players, the schemes they like to construct, etc. Fast forward to July 13th, and we are at the start of Free Agency where there is expected to be some sizable movement based on the latest rumors from the insiders.

When it comes to displaying stats for these players, I plan on showing their most recent season stats, along with their career totals because when GM's hand out contracts they base it on a body of work, and not just that one season. Even though it may seem like that sometimes based on some of the ludicrous contracts that have been handed out over the years due to a player having a career year in their contract year.

* Currently in ESPN it isn't allowing me to see the roster percentages, not sure if that's just on my end, but for the time being I won't be displaying any roster percentages until I can at least get the data for at least two different fantasy platforms *

* Most recent season stats are displayed first, followed by the career stats *

#1) Patrik Laine – LW – Columbus Blue Jackets

Contract Prior To RFA Status – $7.5M AAV – 1 Year

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A player who has had a rocky start to his career off the ice, there were reports of him having some attitude issues, work ethic issues, etc, but at the end of day