Many RFA’s Still To Be Signed – Here’s The Who’s Who

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Other Options

Some players, especially Europeans, investigate their options of playing elsewhere.  A couple have already elected to forego the trials and tribulations of NHL contract negotiation and signed on in Europe.  Alexandre Burmistrov and Leo Komarov are two examples of players who were either frustrated with their roles in the NHL, or offered more lucrative deals to play in the KHL.

Apr. 22, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets center Alex Burmistrov (8) looks for the puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Winnipeg beats Buffalo 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

I wouldn’t expect any of the previously mentioned players to pursue that avenue, but it might take some time for them to come to a contract agreement, even if it means missing the start of the year in some cases.