If you weren’t a fan of how things played out for over a calendar year between superstar John Tavares and the New York Islanders, well… buckle up. You could be in for another rough ride courtesy of pending free agent Tyler Seguin.
According to a report from NHL insider Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Seguin and the Dallas Stars are deadlocked in contract negotiations and a “Tavares route” seems possible for Seguin next offseason.
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Spot light on Dallas Stars with camp looming. While they remain in the hunt for Karlsson, word is Seguin/Stars contract talks are at a standstill and have been for quite some time. Long term remains priority for Seguin but the Tavares route becomes viable option as time passes
Now, we have to assume by “Tavares route” that Kypreos isn’t implying that Seguin signs with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, as Tavares did, but rather that he elects to leave the Stars and test the free agent market. After all, the Leafs already have Tavares, Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri down the middle of the ice. There’s simply no room for Seguin, even if the team could afford to fit his expected $10+ million under the salary cap, which of course they can’t. The more pressing issue for the Leafs and general manager Kyle Dubas right now is locking up restricted free agent William Nylander and then negotiating extensions for Matthews and Mitch Marner.
So while we can likely count the Leafs out of the hunt, there are still a dozen or so teams that you have to figure would jump at the chance to sign Seguin on the open market. Both the rebuilding New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings have an abundance of cap space next offseason and analysts predict that these two teams, the Rangers in particular, could be aggressive in free agency. There’s also Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks, who still have plenty of cap space available after missing out on the Tavares Sweepstakes. Suffice it to say that PLENTY of teams will come calling if and when Seguin hits the free agent market.
Seguin’s six year, $34.5 million expires on June 30th, 2019 and it’s expected that his $5.75 million annual salary could more than double on his next deal. The 26 year old former 2nd overall pick had a career high 40 goals for the Stars last season and put up an outstanding 78 points in 82 games. It was Seguin’s fifth consecutive 70+ point season and the second highest point total of his career. So, while whomever woos Seguin away from Dallas will have to pay HUGE dollars, they can rest assured that they’re getting an elite point producing forward.