Key restricted free agents remained unsigned as season approaches

19 skaters, including some of NHL’s brightest young stars, need new deals

While Florida Panther general manager Bill Zito finished taking care of his own by signing Sam Reinhart to a three-year deal on August 11, twelve of his counterparts still have a little work to do in that regard. As we close in on the start of development and training camps around the league, there are 19 restricted free agents looking to put pen to paper.

The list was at a tidy 20 before the Seattle Kraken inked defenseman Dennis Cholowski to a one-year, two-way contract yesterday. Cholowski could very well see time with the Charlotte Checkers in 2021-22.

The unsigned players range from the brightest of the league’s young stars to skaters who will likely spend this season toiling in the AHL. Two of the Vancouver Canucks’ prized possessions, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes need new, lucrative deals, as does Calder Trophy-winner Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild. As far as Florida’s direct rivals in the Atlantic Division, Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk and Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin are the biggest names still needing to come to terms.

NHL restricted free agents

Boston Bruins: Zach Senyshyn

Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin

Detroit Red Wings: Givani Smith

Edmonton Oilers: Kailer Yamamoto, Cooper Marody

Minnesota Wild: Kirill Kaprizov

New York Islanders: Kieffer Bellows, Otto Koivula, Anaoly Golyshev

Ottawa Senators: Brady Tkachuk, Logan Brown

San Jose Sharks: Noah Gregor

St. Louis Blues: Robert Thomas

Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes

Vegas Golden Knights: Nolan Patrick, Dylan Coghlan