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@BoltProspects if you're Yzerman, what type of contracts are you aiming for with Johnson, Panik, and Palat? Panik shorter than the rest?
One-year deals are usually reserved for players who either want to prove something or need to prove something. Panik definitely fits the bill here, though Cooper and Co. love his potential. I could definitely see a 1-2 year restricted free agent deal for him and 2-3 year deals for the others. Johnson is 23 and Palat 22, with 27 being the unrestricted free agent age. Tampa Bay likely wants to have their contracts end a year before they’re eligible for UFA years to protect their rights. Both are definite core players who are part of the future success of the club.