It has been over two weeks since the market opened and yet a number of key NHL free agent players remain unsigned.
Mike Hoffman, the leading goal scorer for the Florida Panthers the past two seasons, is one of them.
With budgets tight and teams either working up against a flat salary cap or one of their own internal decision, the contracts players like Hoffman just is not out there.
Evgenii Dadonov, for instance, recently signed a three-year deal with Ottawa for an average of $5 million per season.
After the three-year stint he had with the Panthers, one would think Dadonov would have commanded more than a $1 million annual raise, right?