Shots: Pratt, Kadri, Wigar, Huberdew

One of the best players currently without a contract is the New Jersey Devils striker Jesper Pratt. With the arbitration date set for August 3, which is fast approaching, Devils fans can’t be blamed for being a bit concerned about Bratt’s contract status. The arbitration case and failure to secure a long-term deal this summer could damage Pratt’s relationship with the Devils, and reduce his chances of staying in New Jersey in the long run. According to Ryan Nowozinsky at NJ.comThe arbitration case seems to be heading. Per Novozinsky, contract talks between Pratt and the Devils have been “extremely silent” for weeks, and that the whole situation looks like “another tough negotiation.”

Based on Pratt’s performance last season, it seems clear that it is in the Devils’ best interest to strike a deal with their talented winger. Pratt led the Devils with 73 points in 76 games last season, and has shown impressive chemistry with the face of the franchise. Jack Hughes And a better way to score goals than he’s shown before as a professional. Pratt’s breakout season has left him in a strong position when it comes to negotiations for a new deal, which is likely to be partly responsible for the impasse. The Devils have been fierce in their team promotion this past summer, signing players like Doji HamiltonAnd the Ondrej BalatAnd the Thomas Tatar To help bring them back to the playoffs. If the Devils want to solidify their attack for years to come, finding a way to get Pratt to sign a long-term deal is in their best interest.

  • Nazim Qadri He scored 87 points last season and also won the Stanley Cup. However, with the calendar set to turn to August, he is still without a contract for next season. According to Elliot Friedman on the 32 Ideas podcast, New Yorkers are “out there” about my destiny, and Qadri’s former team, the Colorado Avalanche, is still interested but unlikely to move the defensive man. Samuel Gerrard In order to create the necessary cover room, as some expected. Islander GM Lou Lamoriello is known for secrecy when it comes to his off-season dealings, so it’s possible that negotiations with Kadri and the islanders are further from what anyone really knows. But based on Friedman’s reports, we know that they are at least actively interested in adding Qadri to an already bragging central corps Matthew BarzalAnd the Brooke NelsonAnd the Jean Gabriel BaguAnd the Casey Sisikas.
  • When Matthew Tkachuk The trade happened, and many questioned why the Florida Panthers, a team looking to compete for the Stanley Cup next season, would trade both. Mackenzie and jealous And the Jonathan HuberdeauTwo elite players. Based on recent reports, it appears that financial considerations were the main reason why GM Bill Zito accepted its inclusion in the trades. For Friedman, Huberdeau was likely looking for a contract similar to Alexander Barkov, about $10 million annually for eight seasons. For Weegar, Friedman notes that Mikhail SergeachevAAV’s recent $8.5 million deal may be a similar deal Weegar is looking for as he looks forward to his next contract. With large financial commitments already on Barkov’s books, Aaron O’CliffAnd the Sergey BobrovskyAmong other things, the prospect of expensive extensions for Huberdeau and Weegar appears to have made their inclusion in a deal for Tkachuk more palatable to the Panthers.

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