Easy answer would be to NOT hang onto him as a keeper...but you know, as soon as you drop him back to the draft pool, someone will pick him up faster than you can say "Fenton traded Nino and Granlund one for one for garbage returns", and even if he starts out slowly (either with the Lightning or *gasp* someone else he is traded to because his agent and the club can't come to a deal), he will do well, and you will kick yourself later.
Bottom line...keep him. I would. Even if I weren't a "homer
The Mitch Marner / Brayden Point watch and the lesser RFA drama McAvoy/Provorov/Werenski...is akin to watching paint dry.
Some needs to pooh, or get off the pot, fish or cut bait...i don't care pick your metaphor.
People need to start acting like they A: want to play hockey in the NHL for the team that drafted them B: tell that team to eat worms if A is not true #3:Teams need to act like they want to have these players they've drafted and developed actually play for them in the
Hey...whatever a team has at their disposal to get a player to stay....should be fair game to use!
Tax free state? SC contending team? First rate ownership and management teams?
Non Toronto-style media circus market?
Beaches, golf, auto raceways, and Disneyland where the coldest you'd ever have to worry about in the winter is maybe 45-50 F?? Check, check, check, check, and check.
I hear ya...not having a lot of news is a bit dull for us fans, but in the long run, if it means ownership and players are making the best possible decisions regarding what player they are keeping and the salary involved, then so be it.
I suspect there are different reasons why all these RFAs have remained unsigned to this point....no two cases are the same.
Because I've been naturally following the Lightning's situation the closest, I understand that contracts are bei