The NHL offseason is nearly half over and preseason games are just a month away. Still though the restricted free agent market is at a deadlock and names like Jake Gardiner and Ben Hutton remain unsigned. There is work to be done this summer even if things have slowed down considerably, though fans may have already resorted to watching an old VHS copy of the original Mighty Ducks to quench their hockey thirst.
Good news! It’s time to run another edition of our mailbag. You can submit your query by using #PHRMailbag on Twitter or by leaving a comment down below. Make sure you get your questions in early and we’ll try to get through as many as possible when the mailbag runs this weekend.
If you missed our last edition it was split into two parts you can read here and here. In the first part Brian examined the New York Rangers previous cap situation and pointed out that while Brendan Smith may have seemed like the easier buyout to pitch to fans, Kevin Shattenkirk likely made more sense given his no-movement clause prevented him from being waived and sent to the minors. The second goes a little deeper into the arbitration process and what happens when a salary is decided upon, while also giving his prediction on which high profile RFA would sign next—Zach Werenski for the record.