With Jets Development Camp in full swing this week the focus has been on prospects here in Winnipeg but the underlying question to team brass has been the situation with their restricted free agents (RFAs). They had until 4 pm on Tuesday to tender qualifying offers to their 11 RFAs and in the end chose to submit same for six players including Kyle Connor.
The speaking period for other NHL teams to talk to RFAs began today. And Pierre LeBrun of TSN had this to say about it:
The intent is still very much to negotiate and sign a contract with Winnipeg but hearing that some teams reached out to the Kyle Connor camp today on the first day of the RFA speaking period
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 26, 2019
Does this mean Jets fans should panic? Nope. It isn’t a surprise that teams with a need for a scoring winger would reach out to the Michigan product who has produced back-to-back 30+ goal seasons here in Winnipeg.
But it probably adds to the stress level of GM Kevin Cheveldayoff who has a lot of work ahead of him as he tries to get Connor and Patrik Laine (and others) signed to new deals.
If you have questions about how offer sheets work the folks at Cap Friendly do a great job of answering them.
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.
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