TheHammer24 wrote:The RFA is a double edged sword here. I thought the Pens would be interested in TK because I tend to agree with HH that they will not turn to UFA this year. It will prove to be the most daunting in terms of cap management. RFAs are typically a great method of keeping costs down--but not when you're looking to decrease their salary, as we will with TK. Generally, RFAs are due for a raise. They are just getting their second contract after a solid initial contract. A 10% increase is all it takes to retain their rights, then a negotiation ensues. Here, we will have to give TK a 10% increase we probably don't want to give him, but if we don't qualify him, we'll lose his rights and all the benefits attendant with RFAs.
I expect the Pens will not qualify him; rather, they'll try to re-sign at a lower rate like a UFA.
They can retain Kennedy's rights by offering him 100% of last year's contract value because he made $2 million. If he's worth a 7th round pick on the trade market, he's worth something, so you keep his rights.
Perhaps he agrees to a lower salary for an extra year or so, but I doubt it will be much lower than $2 million.