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Utah's new NHL team eyeing big free agent acquisition


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Samer Dagher
April 13, 2024  (8:06 PM)
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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos saluting the crowd
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After strong indications that Utah will indeed be the home of a new NHL team next season, Elliotte Friedman reports that the franchise is gearing up to make significant waves in the upcoming offseason specifically in the free agent and trade market.

The turmoil surrounding the Arizona Coyotes has cast a shadow over the NHL, with reports of unpaid bills and lack of communication with players and their families about the team's future. Now, it's all but confirmed that the Coyotes will relocate to Utah for the next season.
Friedman, speaking on his 32 Thoughts podcast, anticipates that the new ownership in Utah, led by Ryan Smith, will be aggressive in pursuing top talent through free agency and trades. With ample cap space, as well as a wealth of draft picks and prospects, the team is well-positioned to make a splash.
Friedman on 32TP says he expects the new Utah team to be very aggressive in free agency and trades, expects new owner Ryan Smith to spend money. They got a good cap situation, they are loaded with picks and prospects as well.

Speculation has already begun about potential targets, with names like Steven Stamkos surfacing, particularly given the strained contract negotiations between Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The prospect of Steven Stamkos donning a Utah jersey has sparked excitement among fans. As the new franchise gears up for its potential debut season, hopes are high for a fresh start after the tumultuous saga of the Arizona Coyotes, characterized by playing in a college arena and financial mismanagement. With new ownership at the helm, there's optimism that lessons have been learned from past mistakes.
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