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Maybe Ryan Strome performs the finest hockey of his profession and places himself in line for a contract extension at a value that might fulfill the impending free agent, whose negotiations with administration have been described to The Post by a third social gathering as “difficult.”
Or possibly Andrew Copp, the hybrid winger-center acquired from Winnipeg at the deadline for a bundle of picks and prospect Morgan Barron, shines whereas getting significant time in the center, and turns into administration’s first choice to fill the second-line center’s spot if Strome doesn’t re-up.
But chances are high president and basic supervisor Chris Drury will look exterior the group for the center who would hook up with Artemi Panarin beginning subsequent season. If Strome has a breakout postseason, he probably would change into unaffordable below the cozy confines of the cap, not solely for 2022-23 however past, with Alexis Lafreniere and Ok’Andre Miller due second contracts the following season that might mix for upwards of $10 million per 12 months.