It's already been a big week in the NHL, with the 2023 draft taking place across Wednesday and Thursday. However, things are about to pick up even more this weekend.
NHL free agency begins Saturday at noon ET, which is when opposing teams can begin speaking to players hitting the market. At this point, teams can still only talk to their own players in efforts to prevent them from becoming free agents.
There will be plenty of notable players hitting the market, both as unrestricted and restricted free agents. And some of them could be signing with new teams before the 2023-24 season.
Here's some of the latest NHL free agency buzz, along with predictions for where the involved players will end up.
Will Domi Be Returning to Dallas?
Max Domi has played 581 games over eight NHL seasons. But not many of those have been for the Dallas Stars. This past March, the 28-year-old forward was dealt from the Chicago Blackhawks to Dallas, where he played only 20 games (and then 19 more in the Stanley Cup playoffs).
Now, Domi could be on the move again. He's already played for six teams, and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on Saturday. That is, unless the Stars can prevent Domi from hitting the market.
According to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, Dallas is "still talking" to Domi ahead of the start of free agency. However, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that Domi is planning to not sign an extension and instead become a UFA on Saturday.
The prediction here is that Domi will not be returning to Dallas and will instead return to another familiar city: Chicago. He thrived in his 60-game stint with the Blackhawks this past season (18 goals and 31 assists), and he could be a great fit there for both the short- and long-term futures.
Prediction: Domi signs with Blackhawks