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Rumor: Western Conference Team Should Put An Offer Sheet for Lafrenière.

Published August 1, 2023 at 10:12
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Alexis Lafreniere may be in danger of getting offer sheeted by a rebuilding west coast team.

Lafreniere's Struggles



Since being drafted by the New York Rangers, Alexis Lafreniere's journey has been a rollercoaster ride. With a strong draft-eligible season in the QMJHL, he entered the NHL with high expectations. However, his current role on the Rangers' third line has left fans questioning if a change of scenery would be best for the young talent.

The Rangers' tight salary cap situation, with only $2,278,417 in projected space, has made it challenging for them to negotiate a contract with Lafreniere, who is now a restricted free agent for the 2023-24 season. This predicament opens the door for other teams with cap space and draft assets to potentially make an offer sheet to the promising forward.


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Team That Could Offer Sheet Lafreniere



Enter the San Jose Sharks, a team in the early stages of rebuilding. With the possibility of shedding star defenseman Erik Karlsson's salary, the Sharks have both the cap space and the necessary draft picks, including a second-round pick, to present a competitive offer sheet to Lafreniere.

Joining the Sharks would provide Lafreniere with an opportunity to thrive and reach his full potential alongside their emerging core of players.

For the Rangers, a deal with the Sharks could be beneficial in multiple ways. Not only would they receive a second-round pick which they could flip to bolster their win-now roster, but it would also alleviate the constant media scrutiny surrounding their handling of Lafreniere's development.

While nothing is certain at this point, the potential move to San Jose could represent a fresh start for Alexis Lafreniere and a strategic decision for the Rangers to reshape their roster for future success.


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Rumor: Western Conference Team Should Put An Offer Sheet for Lafrenière.

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