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The Daily: NHL Offer Sheets Potential; Datsyuk Not Coming to Detroit



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The PGA has its “silly season.” It’s what golfers call the non-PGA events that occur after the official end of the golf season. But maybe the phrase should be used for the period when offer sheets are discussed.

It’s an annual tradition, even though they don’t happen very often. Over the last 18 years, we’ve seen 10 offer sheets. There’s only been three (Ryan O’Reilly, Sebastian Aho and Jesperi Kotkaniemi) over the past 14 years.

The reason we don’t see more of the odds of successfully securing players through offer sheets is low. Teams will match the offers. Plus, the compensation discourages the effort. Of those 10 offers sheets presents since 2006, only two teams got the player. The Edmonton Oilers took Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks (2007) and Carolina Hurricanes took Kotkaniemi from Montreal three years ago. That was most recent offer sheet.

But rare or not, they are possible. And if you are into offer sheet speculation, Emily Sadler of Sportsnet has an overview of this year’s offer sheet candidates.

Detroit’s Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond are on the list, but Detroit GM Steve Yzerman has kept enough cap space to match.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Pavel Datsyuk is not interested in joining his former teammates working in GM Steve Yzerman’s administration.

The Red Wings will have five proven 30-plus goal scorers, including Vladimir Tarasenko, among their top six forwards.

Ex-Red Wings like Filip Zadina and Daniel Sprong are among the players still in the UFA pool.

Red Wings Offseason

Nine of the NHL’s Top 10 goals-against teams made the playoffs last season. The No. 1 team — the Florida Panthers (2.41) — won the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings were 24th in that category. What do you think the emphasis will be on in Detroit’s training camp?

Hockey Now Network

Florida: Former Panthers player Jonathan Huberdeau said it was difficult watching his former team win the Stanley Cup.  Florida Panthers.

Philadelphia Flyers: Jonathan Bailey analyzes where the Flyers fit into their division. Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski is tough grader when it comes to evaluating GM Kyle Dubas and his offseason. Pittsburgh Penguins.