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With training camp just weeks away, the amount of big name restricted free agents is seemingly a lot longer than years past. Even though award-winning players such as Ryan O’Reilly and PK Subban have already come to terms, the names highlighting the list of RFA’s this summer still without a contract are valuable to their respective clubs.
Torey Krug and Reilly Smith both enjoyed breakout years in Boston while Darcy Kuemper was called to take over the crease in Minnesota late in the season. Each situation—highlighted by that of Ryan Johansen in Columbus—differs in numerous ways. For whatever reason, the negotiations have stretched into September.
Lets take a look at the 13 biggest RFA’s and what they could possibly end up signing for. Starting with the Eastern Conference.
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