With it being widely reported that Nick Bonino will not be returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins, a vacancy has formed on the third line at center.
One player who saw a major resurgence this season was Sam Gagner. He put up 50 points while playing on Columbus’ 3rd and 4th line. He also scored 18 points on the powerplay, proving he could provide a decent option on the second unit. He’s 27, had a cap hit of $650,000 last season, is a right handed centerman, and can play in all situations. He certainly checks the boxes for what I’m looking for this off season.