DW faces some numerous challenges this offseason, like all GMs. He knows who to definitely keep that is still under contract withus, who he should probably let go as UFAs, and cases that are on the fence. Setoguchi seems to be the toughest case he has this summer.
With Seto's performance during the regular season and postseason (especially against LA and Detroit), there are a few things that can happen:
1) Arbitration (very likely). Seto has rocked the house with many game winning goals these playoffs.
2) Agreement (good chance). I believe Seto wishes to remain in San Jose, but he would like some sort of raise (just like Pav got a raise last year when he signed a 4-year extension). I predict Seto's salary next season if he remains a Shark to be between 2 and 3 million. This may cause problems for DW as he tries to upgrade the blueline, especially if he resigns White then goes after a UFA D-man.
3) Let him go (very unlikely). We have great scoring power with 6 top forwards, so losing Seto won't hurt us much if it does hurt us at all. Plus, it may free up some cap space to upgrade the blueline which should be DW's biggest priority to maintain our chances next season and to even make it better.
4) Offer sheet (good chance). I would say there are a handful of teams out there which would love to add him to their forward lines (perhaps Phoenix, St Louis, Colorado, Columbus, or LA). I predict an offer sheet given to Seto would be at least 3 million. If it were that high, DW would probably let him go because of the cap space he would have left should he decide to match it, plus he would get compensation if he decided not to match it. But if it is under 2.5 million, DW would most likely match it and keep Seto.
I short, I believe Seto will remain a Shark. But if he doesn't, DW will make the best of it.
What do you think will happen?