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Necas has become a central figure in Carolina’s offseason plans. After a productive season where he tallied 24 goals and 53 points in the regular season, and added four goals and nine points in the playoffs, his future remains uncertain.

The skilled right winger, currently on a two-year contract with a $3 million AAV, has two years remaining as a restricted free agent (RFA) and is eligible for arbitration. His qualifying offer stands at $3.5 million.

Ever since the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the focus has shifted immediately to finding the perfect top-six forward for Elias Pettersson. Vancouver certainly could have used this top-six forward for this year’s playoff run, but I understand the team’s hesitation to hold off after the level of play they received from Elias Lindholm.

And how could you blame Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin? They took their big swing on Lindholm, who played 14 games before the trade deadline and mustered only six points. At the time, it was categorized as a miss, and trading more high-end valued prospects and picks in the team’s first successful season with this core for a rental player may only hinder the team’s future success.