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“So, we’ll see if we get something done between now and (Friday),” Treliving said. “And if we don’t, they’ll be going to the market. We can’t talk to any other teams about players right now, so we’re just dealing with our guys and meeting with our staff to have our lists in order. I don’t know how it’s all going to shake out, but we’ll see where we get to with our guys, first and foremost.”
There is uncertainty from Treliving, and around the NHL for that matter, regarding exactly how the day is going to unfold.
The flat cap has resulted in teams trading players for cap reasons or opting out of offers to restricted free agents, adding to the free-agent market that includes Taylor Hall, Mike Hoffman, Tyler Toffoli and Tyson Barrie, among others, and an even longer, unprecedented group of free-agent goalies looking for work.
This is a much different market than a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic and a much different economic outlook and landscape. The lack of a “conversation” period prior to free agency also changes things.
Thursday was the so-called “calm before the storm,” but Friday may turn into a fast and furious day of signings.
“The bell is going to go off and guys are going to get signed either way,” Treliving said. “There’s always a frenzy of activity. Whether that will involve us or not, I don’t know. There will be guys that get signed and then it will slow down. I don’t know how to expect the market (Friday) because this is a different time, but certainly guys are going to get signed … I don’t expect there to be a lull. You don’t know until you start talking with agents and teams. But there are some top players out there that will make decisions very quickly.”