The Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet drama has concluded. Are there any other NHL teams that might consider going the offer sheet route with a restricted free agent? Pittsbugh Hockey Now contemplated this issue and came up with a short list of likely candidates.
Detroit Red Wings RFA forward Givani Smith was among those who made the list. It’s purely speculative and the Wings certainly have the salary cap space to match any offer made to Smith but it is intriguing, considering he’s the only Red Wings player left without a contract.
For sure, another RFA offer sheet is a longshot. Here’s another longshot. Back in his NHL days, Jaromir Jagr was known to place a shekel or two on a wager. Online sports betting site BetMGM has put a different spin on Jagr and betting. They are offering a Jagr-related Stanley prop wager at odds of +220. That means if you bet $100, you’d realize a $220 profit.
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In order for that to happen, one of Jagr’s nine NHL teams – the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils or Philadelphia Flyers – would need to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup.
Boston: The Bruins require a second-line center. Might San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, a UFA after the 2021-22 season, fit that need?
Florida: Since arriving in the Sunshine State, Panthers rookie forward Anton Lundell has hit the beach and thrown out the first pitch at a Miami Marlins MLB game.
Colorado: Many athletes fear the sophomore jinx. In the case of Avalanche defenseman Bo Byram, he’s hoping a new year and a new look will allow him to shake off the rookie rust.
Dallas: Former University of Michigan and NHL goalie Al Montoya is the director of community outreach for the Stars. The first Cuban-American NHLer, he’s seeking to help the team connect with the area’s Hispanic community.