Note that the Chelyabinsk player has expired a two-year agreement with the “predators”, according to which he received a little more than the minimum wage in the league – 725 thousand dollars a year. However, the bulky striker had a powerful season – with 17 goals he became the sixth in the club, overtaking Mikael Granlund with a salary of 5 million, Colton Sissons (2.86 million), Eli Tolvanen (1.45 million). Trenin, of course, does not insist on Granlund’s fees – the Finn still stamped 64 points against 24 Russians. But for the money of Sissons (28 points), Jacob claims quite legally.
According to an insider from North American blogger Elliot Friedman, Nashville offered the Urals a two-year contract worth 1.35 million per season. The player wants to subscribe for a year for $2.4 million. As you know, an independent judge in arbitration focuses primarily on numbers. Therefore, based on Sissons’ performance, Trenin is able to win the case on his own terms. Moreover, the Predators have no problems with the salary cap.
Who else is stuck with us?
Several restricted free agents did not receive contract offers from their teams at all: from Chicago – Andrey Altybarmakyan, who had already moved to HC Sochi, from Winnipeg – Evgeny Svechnikov, from Florida – German Rubtsov, from Dallas – Alexey Lipanov. All three of these attackers are now in free swimming – they can go anywhere.
Klim Kostin and Mikhail Maltsev were the last ones to catch on to the NHL. Both forwards signed one-year contracts last week: the first with St. Louis for $750,000, the second with Colorado for $800,000. It seems that the amount is larger, but Maltsev, unlike Kostin, has a two-way contract, and in the farm club Mikhail is entitled to four times less – 200 thousand dollars.
Of the unsigned restricted free agents, the brightest figure we have, of course, is 22-year-old defender Alexander Romanov. During the 2022 draft, the Islanders traded Montreal for the 2021 Stanley Cup runner-up in the first round of that draft. Extremely high compensation! However, the parties are in no hurry to shake hands at the new location. Probably a plug in the term of the agreement. And not only Russians.
In the same position, his peer and colleague in the role of Noah Dobson. Canadian objectively deserves at least 6 million per annum. Although the player himself, most likely, is guided by such peers as Cale Makar (Colorado) with a salary of 9 million, Miro Heiskanen (Dallas) – 8.45 million, Quinn Hughes (Vancouver) – 7.85 million Lou Lamorello has the money, but his interest is to lasso the talented defenseman for the maximum allowed eight years.
So, until the New Yorkers deal with Dobson, it is hardly worth waiting for the decision of Romanov’s fate. However, it is possible that the Islanders will do everything in one day. How did it happen, for example, on July 9, when Lamorello signed seven players at once!
What can a Muscovite count on? It all depends on the term of the new contract, as well as on the role in which they see him in the new team. Alexander has not yet grown up to the first special brigade of the majority, and why not play in the second one? If Alexander and the club meet for 2-3 years, then the amount will be approximately within these limits – 1.5-2.5 million per season. If longer, then the fee should grow accordingly.
Who else is left in the NHL job market? And there is no one else. Russians are still valuable, despite any sanctions! There are also those who have their first professional contracts in the NHL.
Let’s highlight the 18-year-old defender Pavel Mintyukov. The 10th pick in the 2022 draft, if all bonuses are fulfilled, will receive $5.2 million in Anaheim over three years. Even more in “Nashville” can earn 20-year-old goalie Yaroslav Askarov – 5.325 million. But the focus will be on 26-year-old Vancouver rookie Andrei Kuzmenko. At the same time, the best forward of the KHL-2022, as expected, has a bilateral agreement. So the failed Beijing Olympian has something to prove in the NHL.