In his season ending address to the media, Sens GM Bryan Murray talked about the need to add an additional goal scorer to the team’s top six forwards.
In that same address, he talked about forward Nick Foligno. Sens management has challenged Nick Foligno to be that top six forward he clearly has the potential to be. A restricted free agent, the 24 year old Foligno is coming off a season where he racked up 47 points in 82 games.
Foligno also finished third on the team in hits with 196 and third in penalty minutes with 124. Despite his rambunctious style, Foligno has played in every game over the past two seasons. While Foligno is a player that often leaves Sens fans wanting more, he has definitely taken steps in the right direction over the last couple seasons.
After a season where he was a -19 and had just 34 points, Foligno took his game to another level this year and provided the team with some much needed secondary scoring. Foligno made a concerted effort to get to the so called "dirty areas" and became the type of player that really agitated other team's defenders and goalies.
And while we’ve seen flashes of what Foligno can do over the past couple seasons, consistency remains his biggest issue. It’s clear that the organization would like to Foligno to take that next step and be a consistent member of the team’s top six forwards.
Foligno is coming off the second year of a 2 year deal with a cap hit of $1,200,000. He made $1,550,000 this past season and will be looking for a raise on that number during contract negotiations this off season.
Depending on the term, somewhere between $2 and $3 mil seems like a realistic number to peg Foligno at next season.
Where do you see Foligno slotting in next year? What type of contract would you like to see Foligno get this off season?
- Working out the details of the next SensChirp contest that should be up at some point tomorrow morning. We'll be doing a few giveaways this offseason so be sure to keep checking back. And for the winners of the SensChirp Pool during the regular season and our yet to be declared Playoff Pool winner, fear not, I haven't forgotten about you :)