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Top defensive UFA target pricing himself out of Maple Leafs' range


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Mike Armenti
May 18, 2024  (10:13)
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Nikita Zadorov
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During the 2023-24 season, the Maple Leafs were linked to pending UFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov, but some new information on his contract demands may pose a problem.

Zadorov and the Calgary Flames hit a crossroads in 2023-24, which ultimately led to the 6'6, 248-pound defenseman being shipped off to the Vancouver Canucks. The move has worked out pretty well for Vancouver, and with the Canucks currently battling for a spot in the Western Conference Finals, Zadorov's value has been boosted in a contract year.
There was some speculation this season that Zadorov's next contract may begin with a 4, but now, with his value reaching an all-time high, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli believes that Zadorov may be chasing a deal in the $6M AAV range over a 6-year term.
Whether or not Zadorov deserves that type of cash or term is certainly up for debate, but Seravalli was adamant that 6x$6M is a very "tall ask based on what he is", which is a #4 or #5 defenseman in Seravalli's eyes.
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MAY 18   |   335 ANSWERS
Top defensive UFA target pricing himself out of Maple Leafs' range

Do you think Nikita Zadorov will get something around 6x$6M this summer in free agency?

Yes, and he's worth it9327.8 %
Yes, but he's not worth that type of money11734.9 %
No, but he's worth it216.3 %
No, that's a huge overpayment10431 %
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