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Who’s Next?

June 19, 2022, 7:35 PM ET [2 Comments]
Zak MacMillan
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After the three most recent signings of Daniil Tarasov, Liam Foudy, and Jack Roslovic on the restricted free agent list for the management staff, who remains with the need of a new contract for the 2022-2023 regular season?

Patrik Laine — the third leading point scorer and second leading goal scorer of the club last season, the sizable forward lingers as the most pure skill guy on the books.

Emil Bemstrom — offseason surgery and half a season doesn’t give much for a perspective on a new deal for the small skill forward.

Kevin Stenlund — the kids and oversea veterans pushed him into the minors last season, while being paid over $1M. Not going to be an easy negotiating process.

Josh Dunne — undrafted sizable forward could get a Liam Foudy type extension.

Trey Fix-Woknsky — small skilled forward with upside. Was a steal in the draft then, could get better. Still seeing a two way deal for this also.

Carson Meyer — more size and liked by Larsen, maybe a bit richer this time.

Adam Boqvist — top defenseman remaining on the board in Columbus on priorities. I expect either bridge to prove it for the budget or throw a Klingberg like deal for the term and money.

Gabriel Carlsson — led in plus/minus at +6 when playing. Size is his advantage.

Nick Blankenburg — the late Michigan add helped Johnson with familiarity, and think it’ll continue for another couple years.
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