A lot of this could hinge on how the draft plays out, but it's an interesting topic in the present. There are a lot of intriguing names set to become RFAs at the end of this season, including notably (courtesy of spotrac): Forwards: Patrik Laine; Mitch Marner; Sam Bennett; Kyle Connor; Matthew Tkachuk; Travis Konecny; Sebastian Aho, Mikko Rantanen Defensemen: Jacob Trouba; Will Butcher; Ryan Murray; Zach Werenski; Ivan Provorov; Haydn Fleury; Olli Juolevi Simply put: how much, if anything, are you willing to give up to poach talent from another organization? Yes, there is a stigma to it. Yes, there is compensatory draft picks that get moved (see below). Just curious if any player in particular moves the needle. I will piggyback off of that by saying, it will likely take an overpayment financially (the idea is make it temporary) in addition to the draft picks that are given up. I pulled the compensation ranges below; I apologize for the formatting, it didn't transfer well. $1,339,575 or below None Over $1,339,575 to $2,029,59 3rd Over $2,029,59 to $4,059,322 2nd Over $4,059,322 to $6,088,980 1st, 3rd Over $6,088,980 to $8,118,641 1st, 2nd, 3rd Over $8,118,641 to $10,148,302 (2) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Over $10,148,302 (4) 1st It goes without saying some of these players will resign; some of the teams will match anything someone would be willing to offer; but this would be as good a time as any to make a splash with our big drafts happening recently and in the near future. Personally, the name I am most interested in would be Werenski. I've done some browsing around, and I have seen people talking about keeping his next contract/extension in the realm of what Seth Jones signed ($32.4mm/6 years, or AAV $5.4mm). I can't help but feel that he's worth a bit more than that at this stage, plus he has the opportunity to grow (like Jones) to make any contract he signs, within reason, seem like a bargain. I know we have a history of being afraid of overpaying players, but generally speaking that has related to veterans or players with limited track records (ie. Dekeyser). With contracts like Kronwall, Jensen and Vanek approaching their end, with players like Daley, Ericsson and Green falling into a category of players who could be traded this year or expiring next year, most of us know we are extremely cap flexible and it seems to make a load of sense to take a calculated risk on someone young and skilled, within our core age group. Feel free to discuss names you'd be interested in, refute my opinion to no end, or get into the finer details of the actual cost of getting something like this done. I'm open to any and all ideas.