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A look at some of the best remaining RFAs

Jul 15, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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Let’s be realistic: the vast majority of restricted free agents will simply re-sign with their respective clubs. The odds of any given RFA getting an offer sheet are remote, but that doesn’t mean all of the remaining RFAs are as good as signed.

Ignoring for the moment the RFAs that have arbitration dates, some of them might hold out in the hopes of getting a better deal. We’ve seen noteworthy RFAs such as Drew Doughty and Kyle Turris fail to report to training camp because they were unable to agree to terms in time. If a RFA is particularly difficult to sign, his rights might even be traded.

With that in mind, here are a few of the most interesting remaining RFAs:

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) — Weber could just sign a one-year contract this summer so that he can test the unrestricted free agent market in the summer of 2013, but the uncertainty of the CBA situation might motivate him to ink a long-term deal now. The Predators are interested in signing him to such a contract, but he might ultimately wish to be traded following the loss of Ryan Suter.

Just keep in mind that the Predators are well below the salary floor, so if they trade him they’re probably going to need to receive a sizable contract in return.

Evander Kane (Winnipeg Jets) — Kane is coming off a 30-goal season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s seeking a big payday. Almost three weeks ago Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff cautioned that there was a “tremendous amount” of work that needed to be done behind the scenes with regards to Kane.

There’s also a month-old report that suggested that Kane didn’t want to negotiate with the Jets, but Cheveldayoff denied it.

Mike Green (Washington Capitals) — Green turned down his one-year, $5 million qualifying offer, but he might be close to re-signing.

It will be interesting to see what Green gets. On the one hand, he’s coming off back-to-back disappointing and injury-riddled seasons. At the same time, he’s not that far removed from his days as a point-per-game defenseman and given his youth, it’s not so unreasonable to expect him to rebound.

  1. wingsfan40 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    lets go wings sign weber and/or green they will help the team sooo much!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      Signing any restricted player to an offer sheet is pretty much doing the players old team a favor especially Nashville in the case of Weber. Detroit would be doing all of the leg work and all Nashville would have to do is match to get the player they desperately want to be there long term.

      That’s why I think offer sheets are so rare, teams don’t want to do the leg work for other teams and players who don’t want to be somewhere risk having to stay in that city long term.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Come to hockeytown weber!!!!

  3. caps247 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Green will resign with the Caps, he just wants commitment and a long term contract to insure he won’t get dumped after next season.

    Sure, he had an off year last year and naturally people are disappointed. It’s what serious injuries do to you. Some forget that what he does best is offense. His defense did improve under Hunter and I hope he bounces back next year under Oates’ offense.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      I hope you’re right…

  4. mamsy2000 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Kane can take his 30 goals and shove them up his ass. That asshole can sign elsewhere.

  5. capsfan19 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Ha ha the entire league craps on green and you want him to the red wings?? Interesting…

  6. superross - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Kane would look amazing in a habs jersey!

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Kane should play for Pittsburgh , you’ll go great playing with Sid

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