To cap off a few busy weeks of hockey events, contracts that were artificially extended in response to the pandemic are now set to expire and players are expected to become free agents. Another consequence of the coronavirus is a reduction in league revenue, which means some teams are scrambling to keep players within their budget, while others have given up on signing some of their own.
On Thursday we saw several moves as the team made last-minute efforts to free up space so they can be buyers when the doors open at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The Columbus Blue Jackets basically gave defenseman Ryan Murray the right to free up the space his contract took up, and we had already heard of prominent restricted free agents like Anthony Duclair failing to qualify and becoming free to test the market. .
There are a lot of goalkeepers and a few big names on the line today. We’ll find out how the flat cap affects the decisions made in the first shots of the 2020-2021 NHL season.
A selection of the best unrestricted free agents available