RFA WATCH: THE FAB FIVE
As of January 17, 2013 :: 11:28pm ET
Now that the NHL and NHLPA have come to terms on a new
Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams will shift
their primary on locking down their rosters for the
2013 season. Five teams each have one important
restricted free agent left to sign, and want them
locked to new deals before the new campaign gets
underway. Below is an overview of The Fab Five.
The Rangers have about $6 million, give or take a few
hundred thousand, remaining in salary cap space this
season (Wade Redden's salary now goes on the books).
That gives them plenty of room to sign Del Zotto to a
Del Zotto's eager to get a deal done, but might take a
shorter deal, say three years, before truly cashing in
on his next deal.
Kulikov has been one of Florida's prized possessions
on the blueline and they expect big things from him.
They weren't able to get him signed prior to the
lockout and will be pushing to get a deal done before
the start of the season.
It's unclear what type of contract he'll receive under
the new system, but like Del Zotto, could sign a
shorter-term deal right now.
4-years, $15 million
5-years, $18 million
3-years, $10.1 million
2011-12 Cap Hit: $900,000 | Age: 21
O'Reilly broke out of his shell last season for the
Avalanche, and after picking up 10 points in 10
games this year playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of
the KHL, he seems to have picked up where he left off.
The Avs could definitely use him in the lineup on a
regular basis, but might sign him to a shorter-term
deal to see if he can keep up the offense. He too
isn't expected to be signed by the start of the
The Maple Leafs weren't in a big rush to sign Franson
prior to the lockout, and it'll be interesting to see
how new GM Dave Nonis broaches this subject now that the
lockout is over.
Franson could be used as trade bait, as Nonis will
undoubtedly look to retool his roster and put his
stamp on the organization. Could Franson
be packaged as part of a deal for Roberto Luongo?