NHL Free Company Frenzy 2021: Signing Tracker and Evaluation
Welcome to NHL free company day 2021, and keep tuned to The Hockey Information for a minute-by-minute evaluation of the day’s largest offers. Keep watch over this tracker all through July 28 as we break down the offers signed as free company opens. ——————————Florida Panthers: Carter Verhaeghe indicators a three-year, $4-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: After turning into the perfect worth UFA signing a yr in the past, the Panthers rewarded the ahead with a pleasant extension as soon as his deal ends subsequent season. Verhaeghe had 18 objectives and 36 factors in 43 video games this season. ——————————Philadelphia Flyers: C Nate Thompson indicators a one-year, $800,000 AAV deal THN’s Take: After a one-year stint in Winnipeg, Thompson returns to the Flyers after beforehand getting a seven-game run with the crew in 2019-20. So far as veteran fourth-line forwards go, Thompson is a stable one that may carry physicality. ——————————Los Angeles Kings: C Andreas Athanasiou indicators a one-year, $2.7-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: He isn’t a 50-point ahead anymore, however 35-40 factors aren’t out of the query for the speedy ahead in a full season. Performed pretty properly for Los Angeles and the crew is trending upwards for 2021-22. ——————————Tampa Bay Lightning: LW Charles Hudon indicators a one-year, $750,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: At one take, there was vital perception that Hudon would have turn into one thing for Montreal. It by no means occurred, however he has a pleasant AHL observe document and is coming off a terrific yr within the high Swiss league. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: D Tucker Poolman indicators a four-year, $2.5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Do not anticipate offense out of Poolman – he had only one help in 39 video games final yr – however he is usually a good addition to Vancouver’s penalty kill and relieve the highest guys of minutes if wanted. ——————————Minnesota Wild: C Frederick Gaudreau indicators a two-year, $1.2-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: An fascinating one, for positive. At finest, Gaudreau is a bottom-line ahead that may be accountable as a defenseman. He had a stable partial season in Pittsburgh, however can he discover that very same output in Minnesota? ——————————Vegas Golden Knights: LW Sven Baertschi indicators a one-year, $750,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Baertschi has proven competency within the NHL prior to now however that is largely a depth deal to assist bolster the crew’s AHL base. In small bursts, Baertschi can actually impress, however consistency has all the time been an issue. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: RW Brandon Sutter indicators a one-year, $1.125-million AAVTHN’s Take: At his earlier AAV of $4.375 million, his deal seemed horrible. At this value, it is high quality, particularly if the expectation is he’ll document at the least 20 factors. Sutter hasn’t performed in 65 video games or extra since 2016-17 so staying wholesome and constant goes to be a key right here. ——————————Nashville Predators: LW Mikael Granlund indicators a four-year, $5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: His numbers from this previous season – 13 objectives and 27 factors in 51 video games – don’t instantly soar off the web page. However one ought to do not forget that paced him to a fourth-place end on the Predators in scoring. Within the Predators’ first-round playoff loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Granlund tied for the team-lead in scoring, with two objectives and 5 factors in six video games. He averaged practically 24 minutes an evening within the post-season (although that sequence did characteristic quite a lot of time beyond regulation). That was clearly indicative of the belief he’d earned from coach John Hynes. Granlund was deployed in all conditions all through the whole lot of the 2020-21 marketing campaign. ——————————Boston Bruins: D Derek Forbort indicators a three-year, $3-million AAV deal THN’s Take: Forbort joins his fourth crew because the begin of 2019-20 and will add some stability on Boston’s blueline. Do not anticipate a ton of offense, however he has his own-zone sport discovered for probably the most half. ——————————New Jersey Devils: G Jonathan Bernier indicators a two-year, $4.125-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Bernier is the uncommon participant who has thrived in Detroit over the previous few seasons, one way or the other placing up a powerful .914 save proportion in 2021 behind a very dreadful Purple Wings crew. The 32-year-old completed with 4.7 goals-saved-above-average final season, clearly portray the image of a goaltender who outperformed his state of affairs. ——————————Toronto Maple Leafs: LW Michael Bunting indicators a two-year, $950,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Bunting scored 10 objectives and added three assists in 21 video games with the Arizona Coyotes final season. He falls into the uncommon Group VI class of free brokers, gamers who’ve performed at the least three professional seasons, however have appeared in fewer than 80 NHL video games previous to turning 25. Bunting will doubtless issue someplace into Toronto’s bottom-six forwards. His cap hit of $950,000 is palatable and simple to accommodate ought to he not win a roster spot out of coaching camp. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: RW Danila Klimovich indicators a three-year, $886,667 entry-level contractTHN’s Take: Vancouver’s second-round decide on Saturday, Klimovich indicators the deal after a powerful U-18 World Championship efficiency that noticed him rating six objectives for a lowly Belarus crew. Klimovich solely had a objective in six Belarus males’s league video games however ripped aside the Belarus U-20 league with 52 factors in 37 video games – good for 16th in scoring. Klimovich can clearly shoot, and when you give him house, he actually may cause injury. ——————————Dallas Stars: D Ryan Suter indicators a four-year, $3.5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Suter turns into a veteran alternative for Sami Vatanen, who had a nine-game stint with Dallas after getting picked off waivers from New Jersey. Suter continues to be an asset value taking an opportunity on: regardless of getting purchased out by Minnesota, it was primarily because of his huge wage and the size of the time period nonetheless wanted for a crew seeking to blow issues up. The Stars have already got a robust high 4 in the way in which of Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell, John Klingberg and Andrej Sekera, in addition to prospect Thomas Harley within the system. ——————————Florida Panthers: LW Maxim Mamin indicators a one-year, $975,000 AAV deal THN’s Take: Mamin remained Panthers’ property when he left for the KHL in 2019 and now they’re giving him a second probability. He proved to be a stable scoring piece with CSKA and can fill a depth scoring position Florida wanted. ——————————Columbus Blue Jackets: C Boone Jenner indicators a four-year, $3.75-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: There is no probability Jenner goes anyplace. He is a fan favourite on a crew in a rebuild, and that is simply an extension to his present deal that pays him the identical AAV a yr. In a full season, anticipate near 30 factors a yr. —————————— Columbus Blue Jackets: LW Eric Robinson indicators a two-year, $1.6-million AAV extensionTHN’s Take: He is already below contract for subsequent season, so that is for 2022-23. Robinson is an efficient bottom-six ahead that may hop in greater if wanted and this reveals dedication to holding him round. That is a pleasant bonus for Robinson. ——————————Philadelphia Flyers: D Keith Yandle indicators a one-year, $900,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Yandle spent the previous 5 seasons with the Panthers, recording a career-high 62 factors in 2018-19. Yandle’s offensive numbers had been all the time stable, posting at the least 40 factors in his first 4 years with the crew, however would typically battle in his personal zone. Yandle holds the longest lively ironman streak within the NHL at 922 consecutive regular-season video games performed. Yandle is 42 video games in need of Doug Jarvis’ document for probably the most consecutive video games performed, an honor he can beat on Jan 20, 2022 towards Columbus. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: D Brady Keeper indicators a two-year, $762,500 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Somebody has to play within the AHL, proper? Keeper has two video games performed with the Florida Panthers over three years and can doubtless spend subsequent season within the minors once more. ——————————Vegas Golden Knights: G Laurent Brossoit indicators a two-year, $2.325-million AAV deal THN’s Take: The Golden Knights wanted a backup to Robin Lehner and Brossoit is a stable pickup after a few seasons in Winnipeg. Vegas will not wish to experience with him for too lengthy, however in stretches, Brossoit is usually a stable netminder and he’ll get a lift in defensive high quality in entrance of him, too. ——————————New York Rangers: D Jarred Tinordi indicators a two-year, $900,000 AAV deal THN’s Take: A giant physique that’ll doubtless play spot responsibility for the Rangers. Anticipate him to spend most of his time within the AHL, nevertheless it’s a good depth add. ——————————Columbus Blue Jackets: LW Sean Kuraly indicators a four-year, $2.5-million AAV deal THN’s Take: An extended-term deal for a flexible ahead. He ought to get a lift in ice time with the Bruins, however with a career-high of 23 factors on a playoff contender, do not anticipate an enormous enhance within the objectives division. ——————————New York Rangers: D Patrik Nemeth indicators a three-year, $2.5-million AAVTHN’s Take: Strong deal for a stay-at-home defender that continues to carry worth to blueliners all over the place. He will not present a ton of offense, however you’ll be able to at the least depend on him in your individual zone and the Rangers wanted a little bit of that. ——————————Dallas Stars: G Braden Holtby indicators a one-year, $2-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: This can be a puzzling transfer from a Stars crew that has been among the many busiest of the low season. Not solely do the Stars have three NHL goaltenders already below contract by means of subsequent season, with Bishop and Khudobin operating by means of 2022-23, respectively, Holtby affords little if any of an improve on all of them. This isn’t a beginning goaltender anymore. Holtby has been on a steep decline for the previous few years now, failing to place up a save proportion above .911 since 2016-17, coming in under .900 the previous two seasons and bottoming out as a Canuck in 2021 with a dreadful .889. ——————————San Jose Sharks: G James Reimer indicators a two-year, $2.25-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Reimer had an eight-game stint with the Sharks in 2015-16 and performed very well after leaving Toronto. He’ll function a pleasant backup to Adin Hill after a pair years of stable motion in Carolina and has the expertise to fill in as starter for a couple of video games at a time if wanted. ——————————San Jose Sharks: LW Andrew Cogliano indicators a one-year, $1-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Purely a depth signing, however Cogliano can nonetheless carry the vitality along with his fast toes and might contribute some objectives in spurts. Low-risk, good reward deal right here. ——————————Montreal Canadiens: D David Savard indicators a four-year, $3.5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Montreal wanted to deal with its defensive state of affairs with Shea Weber out for doubtless the remainder of his profession and Savard undoubtedly meets the factors. Savard has been identified to be stay-at-home defender who forces gamers to the skin, one thing that was ignored at occasions on Tampa’s high-offense outfit. —————————— Montreal Canadiens: D Chris Wideman indicators a one-year, $750,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: After a pleasant stint within the KHL, Wideman is a succesful depth man with NHL expertise already. Do not anticipate him in something greater than a sixth or seventh protection spot, however on the value, it is stable. ——————————Montreal Canadiens: C Jean-Sebastien Dea indicators a one-year, $750,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Dea joins his fifth NHL crew with simply 33 video games of expertise to indicate for. Anticipate him to spend all the yr in Laval. ——————————Montreal Canadiens: C Cedric Paquette indicators a one-year, $950,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Paquette bounced round a bit final yr with Ottawa and Carolina and by no means discovered his footing. Will or not it’s higher in Montreal? We’ll see, however he has dimension and toughness the Canadiens can use within the bottom-six and is perhaps able to 10 objectives or so. ——————————Montreal Canadiens: D Louis Belpedio indicators a one-year, $750,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Merely a depth addition for Montreal because the crew continues to usher in our bodies to fill spots. ——————————Dallas Stars: C Luke Glendening indicators a two-year, $1.5 million AAV dealTHN’s Take: A pleasant depth heart that may win faceoffs and be a workhorse defensively. This may very well be one of many extra underrated signings of the low season if all the pieces works out. Do not anticipate a ton of factors, however Detroit followers liked him. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: G Jaroslav Halak indicators a one-year, $3-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Halak, a former NHL all-star sport participant and winner of the Jennings Trophy with Tuukka Rask in 2019-20, spent the previous three years as a stable backup in Boston. Whereas accidents/inconsistency damage Halak’s efficiency this yr, the 36-year-old proved he may steal video games for Boston when Rask sat out, a giant motive why the Bruins made it to the Cup ultimate in 2019 towards St. Louis. For the Canucks, Rask will doubtless take 20 video games away from Thatcher Demko, the crew’s 25-year-old beginning goalie that is set to start a five-year deal value $5-million per season. ——————————Tampa Bay Lightning: D Zach Bogosian indicators a three-year, $850,000 AAV dealTHN’s Take: Bogosian will get a second tour of responsibility with the crew he gained the Cup with in 2020. As a depth man, Bogosian matches the mould because of his dimension and sometimes has been ok in spurts. For this time period and value, nice pickup for Tampa. ——————————Minnesota Wild: D Alex Goligoski indicators a one-year, $5-million AAVTHN’s Take: A pricy one for a 35-year-old, however Goligoski can nonetheless carry out and on the time period, he may very well be a commerce rental someplace if the Wild do not discover themselves in rivalry late within the yr. From a pure asset standpoint, he’ll give Minnesota’s D-core a pleasant veteran increase. ——————————Vancouver Canucks: Travis Hamonic indicators a two-year, $3-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Hamonic is not going anyplace. The depth defender most likely will not get second-pairing ice time this season, however can fill in when wanted. ——————————Carolina Hurricanes: G Frederik Andersen indicators a two-year, $4.5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: A yr or two in the past, the thought of a Stanley Cup contender pursuing Andersen would’ve made loads of sense. From 2016-17, his first season because the Toronto Maple Leafs’ beginning netminder, by means of 2019-20, Andersen was the NHL’s No. 1 workhorse, main all goaltenders in begins and putting third in wins whereas posting a good .916 save proportion on a crew that, on the time, was identified for very leaky defensive play. Honest or not, Andersen carried a repute of underwhelming within the post-season, however he was undeniably an upper-echelon regular-season netminder over that span. He completed fourth within the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy vote. ——————————Carolina Hurricanes: G Antti Raanta indicators a two-year, $2-million AAV deal THN’s Take: Carolina helps to shore up its goaltending state of affairs by additionally bringing in Raanta. When wholesome, Raanta reveals indicators of being a succesful No. 1 goaltender. Staying wholesome, although, has been an issue in recent times. Nonetheless, onerous to not love this deal for the Hurricanes, who, after shedding Mrazek, acquired aggressive in the marketplace with two of the perfect goalies out there. ——————————Calgary Flames: LW Blake Coleman indicators a six-year, $4.9-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: One of many greater signings of the low season. Good middle-six possibility for Calgary that basically boosted his worth on Tampa’s two Cup-winning efforts. He is 29 now so the deal doubtless trigger some ache down the road, however Calgary wanted some assist up entrance and acquired it. ——————————Seattle Kraken: C Alexander Wennberg indicators a three-year, $4.5-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Wennberg will get a contemporary begin after a few poor years in Columbus. We all know Wennberg is usually a stable offensive contributor, having recorded 59 factors in 2016-17, however now he’ll be an integral a part of Seattle’s offense for the following few years. ——————————Pittsburgh Penguins: C Evan Rodrigues indicators a one-year deal.THN’s Take: Joyful 28th birthday, Evan. Rodrigues is coming off of a 14-point season as a depth man in Pittsburgh and the Pens preferred what they noticed after bringing him again final season following a short time in Toronto’s system. ——————————Carolina Hurricanes: LW Jordan Martinook indicators a three-year, $1.8-million AAV extensionTHN’s Take: It is not Dougie Hamilton, nevertheless it’s acquainted territory. Fourth season with the crew and undoubtedly able to 20 factors a yr in a full marketing campaign. ——————————Edmonton Oilers: D Cody Ceci indicators a four-year, $3-million AAV deal (Report)THN’s Take: Primarily based on his play for, properly, most of his profession, this brings vital threat together with it. The cap hit is not a giant downside proper now, however this screams like a deal the Oilers will need out of fairly shortly. Ceci has a profession common of 20:46 of ice time a sport, making him a top-four defenseman by these numbers. How good has he been as a top-four defender? That is a unique query. ——————————Vegas Golden Knights: D Alec Martinez indicators a three-year, $5.25-million AAV extensionTHN’s Take: Martinez scored 32 factors in 53 video games final season, placing him on tempo for the perfect offensive output of his NHL profession. His bread and butter is his defensive play, particularly with reference to blocked pictures. A top quality signing for a crew with some further cap house for different strikes following the Marc-Andre Fleury commerce. ——————————Edmonton Oilers: LW Zach Hyman indicators a seven-year, $5.5-million dealTHN’s Take: Hyman’s identify was one which got here up typically with reference to free company with a number of groups reportedly exhibiting curiosity within the providers for the winger. He has the flexibility to assist the Oilers ahead core and is a robust forechecker and provides further scoring depth able that wanted the assistance. He’ll be 37 when his deal ends, so it will be fascinating to see if the cap hurts the crew within the later years.——————————Detroit Purple Wings: C Sam Gagner indicators a one-year, $850,000 extensionTHN’s Take: Straightforward name to maintain him round for an additional season. He can nonetheless chip in on offense every so often and has all the time been a well-liked man with followers and teammates. Works his hardest and finds random spurts of greatness. Low-risk with the potential for a stable reward. ——————————Detroit Purple Wings: G Calvin Pickard indicators a one-year extensionTHN’s Take: Pickard performed spot responsibility for the Purple Wings the previous few years and has typically been an AHLer for many of his profession. That should not change subsequent yr, particularly with the Purple Wings bringing in Alex Nedeljkovic. ——————————Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog indicators an eight-year, $7-million AAV dealTHN’s Take: Landeskog, Colorado’s captain, has performed his whole NHL profession with the Avalanche, scoring 218 objectives and 512 video games because the crew chosen him second general in 2011. The 28-year-old Landeskog has been a key member of Colorado’s rebuild in recent times which have shortly made them a Stanley Cup contender. The largest UFA ahead by no means even hit the open market.