Wild West: Western Conference UFAs 2022

Grant Campbell

2022-07-11

With the unrestricted free agent deadline coming up on July 13th, I thought I would take a break from the looks at each western organisation and focus on the notable UFAs from each team in the West.

Filip Forsberg was one of the bigger UFAs but he came to an agreement with Nashville on an eight-year deal at $8.5 million AAV on Saturday. Alex Maclean had him at $8.38 million AAV.

Here are some of the most notable unrestricted free agents remaining. I've included Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik from Chicago as most reports indicate that Chicago will not be qualifying either player.

For salary projections, we will use our colleague Alex Maclean's projections.

We will start from the lowest projections and end up with the highest.

Paul Stastny (36 years old) (C) (Projected $1.25 million AAV) 

Stastny had a pretty good year in Winnipeg last season with 21 goals and 24 assists in 71 games. He averaged 17:47 minutes per game, which is not an indication that he is slowing down yet. He is an effective penalty-killer and very good at faceoffs. Ideally, the signing team would like him on a one-year deal, but I'm sure he will be pushing for three years. I do think he will come in above the $1.25 million AAV projected and sign a two-year deal at around $2 to 2.5 million AAV.

Mattias Janmark (29) (LW) ($1.25M)

Janmark was in Vegas last season as a third-line checking winger who averaged 14:21/game. He managed nine goals and 16 assists in 67 games, which is about his offensive ceiling at this point. I think Alex is right on with this projection and if any team offers Janmark two or three years above it, they are overpaying.

Andreas Athanasiou (27) (LW) ($1.3M)

Athanasiou was injured for most of last season with Los Angeles as he only played 28 games but did manage 11 goals and six assists. He scored 30 goals in 2018-19 and was on pace last year, but his defensive game is suspect, so he might have to sign a one or two-year deal between $1 and 1.5 million to prove his health and his ability to score at the 30-goal pace. He hasn't played more than 55 games in three years, but if a team can sign him for one year, he's a low-risk addition who could get you 20-25 goals.