Free-agency predictions: Will Brayden Point and Darnell Nurse be extended?

Long night, early day. So, quickie late-night blog:

Once news broke that Colorado moved to 7x$7 million on Gabriel Landeskog and was willing to go to eight years, this one was over. Landeskog loves it there and wants to win. But it was a grind, legit stress.

Lets do some quick predictions:


Brayden Point: The Lighting announce an eight-year extension just under $9.5 million (the AAV for both Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy). Like the other two, Point’s worth every penny. Tampa continues its history of extending players the year before their contracts expire.

Darnell Nurse: Reported Tuesday Edmonton was discussing a four-year extension for him. Both sides want to extend, but there is a debate about the term. We’ll see where it goes.

Carter Verhaeghe: Great year for the Panthers, and something gets done on Wednesday. Not sure yet on Sam Reinhart.


Sticking with my previous picks, although zero guarantees I’m right.

Dougie Hamilton: New Jersey

David Savard: Montreal

Blake Coleman: The prediction is he gets 6×5. Now adding Boston as my guess.

Jaden Schwartz: Seattle

Brandon Saad: St. Louis, Islanders, Pittsburgh or Los Angeles

Kyle Palmieri: Haven’t heard a thing, which means the Islanders probably have him locked up.

Alex Goligoski: Minnesota

Derek Forbort: Boston

Zach Hyman: Edmonton

Ryan Suter: Dallas


Phillip Danault: Initially said Los Angeles takes surprise look. Vegas and Rangers also there.

Vladimir Tarasenko: Initially said Islanders or New Jersey. Not sure now.

Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world, and then they tell listeners all about what they’ve heard and what they think about it.


Alexander Wennberg: Seattle

Nick Foligno: Minnesota

Zach Parise: Islanders

Michael Bunting: Toronto

Nick Ritchie: Tough to pin down, a lot of interest

Brandon Sutter: Vancouver. A week ago, didn’t seem like this was going to happen, but that’s changed. Momentum.

Cody Ceci: Edmonton

Frederik Andersen: Arizona, Buffalo or Carolina

Antti Raanta: Carolina

Brian Elliott: Tampa Bay

Jonathan Bernier: New Jersey

In addition to Goligoski, Minnesota looks at Zach Bogosion and/or Jake McCabe. McCabe has been skating for three weeks.

My brain is too fried tonight to have a great feel on Philipp Grubauer, which affects so much of the goalie market. Same for Linus Ullmark.


Ryan Strome: Seattle, Vegas or Ottawa.

Ethan Bear: Not sure, but with Tyson Barrie, Evan Bouchard and Ceci in Edmonton, there could be something here. I like Bear, and so do a few teams.


Elias Pettersson: Vancouver was clearly rattled by the possibility of it… and have cleared a ton of cap room. I polled a few agents and executives to see if they thought it was really realistic. Mixed responses. Some yes, some no. But the Canucks thought yes, and their vote matters most.

See you Wednesday.