The NHL free agent period won't be as exciting as years past with the salary cap staying put for the next couple of years.
That means players that were looking for a huge payday, might be out of luck.
It also means that some teams that were looking to make a big splash in free agency might end up instead being extremely conservative.
One player who likely loses out on the big contract he was hoping for is Arizona Coyotes' forward Taylor Hall.
The former Hart Trophy winner was hoping for his huge payday this offseason, instead he might get stuck with a short term deal.
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News explored Hall's situation.
“How much would you pony up for a recent Hart Trophy winner? Hall was the league MVP in 2017-18 and he’s still just 28 years old. He’s got speed and we know he can put the puck in the net, skills that make him very desirable in today’s game. He’s also testing UFA waters for the first time in his career, so this should be a biggie. But how many teams would be able to give Hall $9 million (or more) per season right now, presumably on a long-term deal? There are teams like Dallas and Vancouver which surprisingly have a decent amount of cap space right now, but this might not be the free-for-all Hall was hoping for.”
“On the bright side, the winger is coming off an RFA deal that netted him $42 million – so you don’t have to feel too bad.”
TSN's Craig Button believes Hall might pull a Marian Hossa and take a short term deal for a chance at the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately it didn't work for Hossa when he signed a one year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, while they did make it to the finals they lost to Hossa's former team the Pittsburgh Penguins.