4 Restricted Free Agents Still Without a 2022-23 Contract

Training camps have begun and the 2022-23 NHL regular season is right around the corner. While players fight for positions all over the league, there's still several restricted free agents who are sitting at home waiting on a contract for this season.

Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson is the future of the franchise and has burst onto the scene these past two seasons. His contract extension is tricky based on the small sample size. Regardless, Robertson is a sniper and is coming off a 41-goal season in only 74 games. The 50-goal mark is certainly within reach for the Stars forward, but he'll need a contract soon to not get a step behind to start this season. Word is he's asking for north of $7 million on a long-term extension, even with only 128 NHL games under his belt. His 125 points in those 128 games is impressive though and the Stars will be wise to get him locked up long term pronto.

Rasmus Sandin, Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are already dealing with injury troubles on their blue line and having Rasmus Sandin sitting at home does them no good. The 22-year-old defenseman had 16 points in 51 games last season and is a big part of the team's future. 
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Sandin's a former first-round pick and someone general manager Kyle Dubas has known for years. An extension is coming but apparently, it's not money, but playing time that's the biggest issue here. Considering Timothy Liljegren is out for six weeks, you'd think it would speed up the process.

Nicolas Hague, Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights and restricted free-agent defenseman Nicolas Hague are at a standstill. The 23-year-old appeared in 52 games in 2021-22, recording 14 points. The 6-foot-6 blueliner is a former second-round pick of the franchise and someone the team will rely on for years to come. Even though Vegas is over the cap by over $10 million, they have a slew of players heading to LTIR to start the season. The Golden Knights need Hague in their lineup and look for a deal to get done before opening night. Likely a two-year deal around $1.4 million per season.

Alex Formenton, Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators took care of business this past offseason, however there's still one player left unsigned - winger Alex Formenton. The team is very high on the 22-year-old left winger and while there may not be a ton of traction at the moment, things can change quickly and usually do when missing games creeps into the picture. Formenton collected 32 points in 78 games and has 50-plus point potential. Look for the Senators to go long-term with this contract and get Formenton locked up soon.

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