During this time, the status of the outstanding pending free agents will attract increasing interest among fans and experts.
The deal speaks to the best potential talent available, such as the New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and the St. Louis official. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo, will get most of the attention from NHL fans. However, there are quite a few secondary players whose performances this season could align them for big pay increases.
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Here’s a look at many who could cash in next summer, either with their current clubs or with others through a free agency.
Evgenii Dadonov, Florida Panthers
Playing in a largely overlooked hockey market and overshadowed by teammates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, the 30-year-old wing was one of the Panthers’ most consistent scorers. Returning to the club in 2017-18 after a five-year stint at the KHL, he scored 65 points in 74 games, following a 70-point campaign last season.
With 10 goals and 21 points in 26 games, Dadonov is poised to reach between 65-70 points again this season. Today he ranks third among the Panthers’ top scorers. Completing a three-year deal worth $ 4 million a year, the specialized Russian wing could land a four- or five-year deal worth about $ 6 million per season.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Senators of Ottawa
The 27-year-old center could not have chosen a better time for a potential career performance. Pageau leads the Senators with 15 goals and 21 points in 28 games, setting the pace for 40 goals and 60 points respectively.
Even if his current production drops during the season, he will have to surpass his career high of 19 goals and 43 points in 2015-16. Starting a three-year, $ 3.1 million annual average (AAV) deal, Pageau could pull in between $ 4- $ 5 million a year for five years on its next contract.
Jake Musin, Toronto Maple Leafs
Muzzin was overshadowed by Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez during his term with the Los Angeles Kings. He’s gotten a lot more attention since joining the Leafs in the middle of last season.
A big, physical presence, Bubble 6-3, 217 leads the Leafs in hits (61) and pitches (15), second in blocked shots (42) and third in ice (21:35). He can also chip in aggressively, with three 40-point seasons in his resume. The 30-year-old defender is earning a $ 4 million ABA in a three-year deal. His next contract could be worth more than $ 6 million per season for four or five seasons.
Jacques Cassian, Edmonton O’Leary
In the past nine seasons in the NHL, Kassian has shown flashes of dynamic momentum. Injuries and issues off the ice, however, always seemed to derail him. Moving along with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl this season, however, he has done wonders to renew his career.
Before retiring from a back injury, the 28-year-old Kassian had 19 points in 26 games, putting him at a career high of 55 points. If it maintains that level of production, it could get a lucrative expansion from the Oilers worth twice the current $ 1.95 million hit.
Derick Brassard, New York Islands
Last season was difficult for Brassard. A versatile two-way forward with six more and more 40-point campaigns under his belt passed the 2018-19 division between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. His 23 points were the lowest since the 2008-09 season.
Signed by the islanders on a one-year, $ 1.75 million contract, the 32-year-old Brassard regained his form on Long Island. He is tied for third among scorers with 17 points in 26 games, setting the pace for 55 points. Given his age, he’s unlikely to get more than a three-year deal after this season, but his salary could reach $ 3.5 million a year.