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Nine RFA's remain without NHL contracts - Things could get interesting



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With only one month remaining until the NHL season opener for the 2023-23 season, and as training camp gets underway in the next few days, there are still nine big-name free agents still in search of a contract in the NHL.


Here are the nine free agents who remain unsigned according to capfriendly:


Rasmus Sandin - Toronto Maple Leafs

Jason Robertson - Dallas Stars

Barrett Hayton - Arizona Coyotes

Ryan McLeod - Edmonton Oilers

Sean Durzi - Los Angeles Kings

Adam Ruzicka - Calgary Flames

Nicolas Hague - Vegas Golden Knights

Alex Formenton - Ottawa Senators

Parker Wotherspoon - New York Islanders


Jason Robertson is the most notable player on this list, coming off a break-out season which saw him put up 41 goals and 76 total points in 74 games with the Dallas Stars last season.


Dallas will have to somehow fit Robertson under their cap ceiling after the recent signing of Jake Oettinger.



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Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi recently made a statement saying he doesn't like teams tendency to hand out big paydays once their entry-level contracts expire.



"A kid in the third year of his entry-level (deal) puts up 40 goals and now he wants to make $7 million," he said. "If you want term with that player, he's going to take you higher than that. … The stars are taking all the money, and the guys in the middle are getting squeezed."



All nine of these teams would like to see their young players start training camp, however, there is no rush at the moment.


These teams all have until December 1st to come to an agreement with their players. After that date passes, they will not be qualified to play in the NHL the remainder of this season.






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