One player that teams could offer sheet is defenceman Nicolas Hague. Hague is set to hit restricted free agency this summer, and due for sizable raise from his entry-level contract.
The Golden Knights already made one cost cutting move when they traded Evgenii Dadonov for Shea Weber’s contract. If Vegas cannot find a way to shed more salary, a team could come in and offer Hague a $4.1 million / year contract and it will only cost them a second round draft pick.
2022 RFA Offer Sheet Compensation Sheet
|OFFER SHEET AAV||DRAFT PICK COMPENSATION|
|$1,386,490 or below||None|
|$1,386,491 – $2,100,742||3rd round pick|
|$2,100,743 – $4,201,488||2nd round pick|
|$4,201,489 – $6,302,230||1st & 3rd round picks|
|$6,302,231 – $8,402,975||1st, 2nd & 3rd round picks|
|$8,402,976 – $10,503,720||Two 1sts, a 2nd & a 3rd round pick|
|Over $10,503,720||Four 1st round picks|
Hague, 23, played big minutes last season as a number 1 paired defenceman on the Vegas back-end and has proved he can handle top lines of opposing teams.
Hague is a hulking defenceman at 6’6″ and 221 pounds and his skillset will keep improving as time goes on. He would be a steal for a second round pick as compensation for a team that can fit an additional $4 million in salary.