In the NHL there are two kinds of Free agents. There are Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) who are eligible to sign for any team and there are Restricted Free Agents (RFAs). The latter are players who’s signing rights belong to the team that drafted them, provided that the team tendered the player a qualifying offer at the expiry of their “Entry Level Deal.”
What’s important to note is that the 2015 and 2016 NHL Entry Draft classes were filled with high end talent that were expected to ask for large paydays come free agency. This brings us to today where many high end restricted free agents are yet to be signed and this article will focus in on three main talents who have yet to reach a deal with the team that drafted them.
Last year we saw William Nylander hold out as a RFA with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nylander did not sign a contract until the deadline on Dec 1, and in turn did not play until then. (If he had not signed a contract by the deadline he would have been ineligible to play throughout the entire 2018-19 season.) If the RFA’s below aren’t signed to a contract, they will be in a similar spot until a deal has been reached.
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