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Lightning Round: two more summer signings and a big name needs a new agent

It’s the free agency that never ends, and it goes on and on, my friends...

Dallas Stars v Calgary Flames - Game Five
CALGARY, AB - MAY 11: A Calgary Flames fan tries to distract John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars during warm-up prior to Game Five of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on May 11, 2022 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Free agency this summer has been a weird, inconsistent, running of the tap. The biggest news on the first day of free agency was the Tampa Bay Lightning signing all their RFAs to long extensions, but many larger UFAs have yet to sign and find a home.

Nazem Kadri has been loudly rumored to be signing with the Islanders, while old Lou Lamoriello just hasn’t gotten around to submitting the contract form for some reason, but other players like John Klingberg don’t seem to have a contract at all.

Klingberg, who got married last week, has reportedly left his longtime agent Peter Wallen for Newport Sports. Speculation now indicates Klingberg missed the boat this summer and might have to sign a one year deal and try again next year.

Meanwhile at the other end of the free agency spectrum, young RFA-turned-UFAs like Ryan Donato and Danton Heinen ended up both signing back with the teams that didn’t qualify them, signing cheap contracts at good value for their teams. Donato got a one year deal worth $1.2 million, while Heinen, who scored 21 goals last year, is going back to Pittsburgh at one year and only $1 million.

The Lightning are completely capped out (thank you, JBB, for getting all your business done early so we can have a summer), but other teams still have some options for quality depth at team-friendly prices.

Some names include Sonny Milano, Zach Aston-Reese, Phil Kessel, Victor Rask, Evan Rodrigues, PK Subban, Paul Stastny, Tyler Motte, Johan Larsson, Tyler Ennis, Sam Gagner, and Derek Stepan. The prices are only getting lower as players want to make sure they’re entering the season with contracts and not PTOs.