World News – CA – NHL Free Agency Frenzy 2020: Signing Tracker and Analysis


It’s not July 1, but with plenty of stars available and lots of teams looking for help, it’ll be crazy Welcome to NHL Free Agency Day 2020 Stay up to date listening to this page throughout the day for updates and minute-by-minute analysis of each UFA transaction (Salary data via capfriendlycom)

THN’S TAKE: By all accounts TJ Brodie was a whip for Calgary Flames fans If he was looking for a softer, nicer market to play, he might be ready for a rude awakening But maybe be that it will work best for Brodie, who shoots left and plays the right side.If paired with Morgan Rielly, there will be a lot of attack coming from behind when these two are on the ice But will signing Brodie to a four-year, $ 20 million contract makes the Maple Leafs a tougher opponent? General manager Kyle Dubas has publicly stated that he wants his team to be harder to play and there aren’t many players in the league who are intimidated by Brodie’s presence. He’s mobile and moves the puck well, but that’s not exactly what the Leafs need for their blue line And signing Brodie, unless they have some dramatic moves on the horizon, gets them out. of the derby Alex Pietrangelo- Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: The Flames are all-in As an intermediate contender, they needed a boost towards some real Stanley Cup competition, and the plan started with a real no 1 goalie Based of the money and term they give Jacob Markstrom, they believe he is their man Is he? He just finished the best season of his career, but he was just good, never great, for his nine NHL seasons before that, which included his retention as a full-time NHL player with Vancouver from 2015 onwards. -2016 He’s always had an elite perspective pedigree, however, and few goalkeepers have a bigger wingspan, so maybe he’s blooming late, as many goalkeepers did in their 30s. It’s a great upgrade in the Calgary fold Likely No goaltender’s performance will likely be scrutinized as much as his or her in 2020-2021 after signing a six-year contract that will pay him until he is 37- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: As an offensive defenseman who is already 30 years old, Schultz is a bit strange for a Capitals blueline who is already older and needs more defense than offense, but the former Penguin has the advantage Schultz has just had a rough year in Pittsburgh, but he’s not far from a 51-point season in 2016-17 If he manages to reclaim that offensive magic, the Capitals will be very tough to deal with in the offensive zone For a cap of $ 4 million he is worth the risk and like many deals today his new two-year pact opens up the possibility of him hanging him in Seattle next year- Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: Soon after adding Mark Borowiecki, the Predators further boosted their defensive depth with Benning Borowiecki playing the left side and Benning playing the right, so it’s likely the two will form Nashville’s bottom pair for the 2020-21 season behind Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Dante Fabbro Benning, 26, averaged 13:14 at a career low in Edmonton last season, but ranked as a defensive back third quality pair With him on the ice 5-5, Edmonton outscored opponents 23-16 and had a positive shot differential He’s a nifty addition for the Preds- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: It’s no surprise to see Shattenkirk get a $ 3.9 million AAV over three years He’s had a resurgent season as a puck defenseman on a thriving Stanley Cup-winning team with less responsibility in Tampa He’s a right-handed defender as well, so it’s only natural that he’s coveted in the open market The fit with Anaheim, however, seems a bit awkward The Ducks are a clear rebuilder, and it’s not like they have signed a one-year pact for Shattenkirk That said, it makes them better The Ducks had the 30 best power play in the NHL in 2019-20, so he can be particularly useful in that area- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: It seems odd that a team that was so keen on getting rid of Marc Staal would turn around and sign Jack Johnson, but maybe the New York Rangers aren’t so much into the analysis Or the Hard eye test? You bet But there’s hardly any scenario in which Johnson proves he can consistently play and defend at the NHL level The Rangers get him for a bargain price over a one-year period and a deal that can essentially being buried in minors without much negative effect on the team’s salary cap- Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: He was a player of heart and soul in Ottawa; Borowiecki now has the chance to contribute to one of the league’s best defense corps in Nashville. Make no mistake; the veteran isn’t going to add to Nashville’s plentiful amount of skill at the back, but he’ll provide minutes of physique, character, and depth Surprisingly, the $ 2 million a year Borowiecki gets for the next two seasons at Nashville will be his highest career salary yet There’s not much risk in this deal, even though the veteran has plenty of miles on his hardened frame – Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: Grant, 30, loved being a duck so much, he had to come back Again They traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers as a deadline rental in February, but he’s joining the Ducks for the third time of his career as part of a three-year pact He’s a Defensive Specialist By naturalstattrickcom, Grant ranked in the 98 percentile of defensive zone starts by 60 among all NHL forwards last season But he also scored the best offense of his career, scoring 15 goals, including three shorthanded He’ll be a veteran voice in the room for a rebuilding Ducks squad going forward, as he’s already so familiar with the squad- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: Well, now we know which goalie the New York Rangers will exhibit in next summer’s expansion draft Ladies and Gentlemen: Keith Kinkaid Signed on a two-year contract, Kinkaid will likely give the Rangers of depth and underage mentoring as they accompany Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev on the list of universities If either of them gets injured, Kinkaid can come in as a reliable backup who can take the net in the short term if needed.But most importantly, Kinkaid is expansion traction fodder – Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: Ennis has another chance with the Oilers, who acquired him from the Ottawa Senators at the 2020 trade deadline Playing primarily with Connor McDavid, Ennis has two goals and four points in nine games regular season as Oiler His fast and smooth play went well with No 97 Ennis added a goal and two points in three play-in games before breaking his leg He is expected to be in full health by the start of next season, which is slated for January 1, 2021, and can play in the top nine in a goalscorer role – Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: Pittsburgh Penguins fill in a bit of depth with Rodrigues He joined them with Conor Sheary in a trade with the Buffalo Sabers on deadline day in February, then traveled to the Toronto Maple Leafs in August trade with Kasperi Kapanen The Leafs didn’t call him a RFA, and the Pens liked Rodrigues enough to bring him back He scored one goal in seven games and won 52% of his faceoffs He has good speed, so he fits well with the plans of coach Mike Sullivan Rodrigues didn’t dress for a game during the play-ins, however On a one-sided deal he will stay with the big club but can bounce between the press box and the squad starting- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: At Jankowski, Pittsburgh gets a defensive forward with a penalty shootout expertise that otherwise wouldn’t provide much on offense in offense The Flames’ first round pick, Jankowski was not called a FRG by Calgary, putting it on the open market For a year and only $ 700,000, Jankowski is certainly worth trying one of the Pittsburgh backlines and he can play either the left wing or the center. – Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: In nine seasons as a pro, Tyler Pitlick has scored over 10 goals in a single season and it’s no surprise that the 14-goal performance is the only time he’s played a full season Pitlick will be 29 by the time the NHL meets again and, on a two-year, $ 1.75 million-a-year deal, he gives the Coyotes a final six forward who can climb the lineup in a pinch and provide a minimum attack and tenacious play – Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: New Panthers general manager Bill Zito swept aside a rejection from his former team at Wennberg, which was bought out by the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week At just 26, Wennberg on the 14th 2013 draft pick, could be a good deal in a new environment The Panthers need depth at center after trading Vincent Trochek during the winter and with center they came back in that deal, Erik Haula, a UFA Wennberg n isn’t a guy who wins your playoff trench wars, but he’s a talented puck distributor who’s already collected 46 assists in one season. Adding him to the roster will force a youngster like Henrik Borgstrom to work his way into the depths chart That’s a good thing- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: When Anton Khudobin was a 21-year-old rookie he got a three-year entry-level deal with the Minnesota Wild He had to wait 13 years and five stints with four different teams to get another three-year contract For the next three seasons, the Dallas Stars will use $ 8 million cap space for goaltenders, with $ 3.5 million going to Khudobin Many teams are spending that much money on a No 1 goalie. goal, but with Khudobin and Ben Bishop, the Stars plan to have a squad that gives them goalkeepers strong enough to keep them in the running And from Khudobin, they’ll be looking for exactly what they got from him in 2019-2020. – someone who can play 30-35 regular season games and fulfill No 1 when injured And we all know how it went when that exact scenario unfolded during the playoffs – Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: With Thatcher Demko the starter-in-the-making, Vancouver adds a Vezina Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion to Holtby, who struggled his last few years at Washington Holtby can take the pressure off ascendant Demko, but it will be important that everyone be on the same page here – the Canucks don’t need a goalie controversy The term is a good one (and perhaps foreshadows Holtby will travel to Seattle in the expansion plan) and the dollar amount is okay, although the Canucks still have some work to do and not a lot of money to spend- Ryan Kennedy (FULL ANALYSIS)

THN’S TAKE: It was obvious the Wild would be chasing a starting goalie after trading Devan Dubnyk to the San Jose Sharks earlier this week They found their man in Talbot, 33, was GM Bill Guerin aiming for high enough, however? Talbot has been formidable this past season for the Calgary Flames, yes By naturalstattrickcom he has placed in the top third of the league in above-par goals for 60-5-5, and only six goalies faced more shots for 60 He surpassed trophy winner Vezina Connor Hellebuyck to help Calgary defeat the Winnipeg Jets in the play-in round But Talbot hasn’t been a consistent goalie from year to year He’s not a slam-dunk upgrade in goal At least the Wild have good depth behind with Alex Stalock and Kaapo Kahkonen – Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: Oilers general manager Ken Holland seizes an opportunity by signing Turris to a two-year contract for very little pain Turris was recently bought by the Nashville Predators, so his contract of albatross is no longer a factor (at least for him – the Preds are still on track for some of them) Looking at this purely from Edmonton’s point of view, the Oilers get a mid-six cross for only $ 1.6million a year for the next two seasons That’s great value for a player looking to get back on track after a disastrous tenure at Nashville Maybe Turris is just a 45 point player to this stage of his career, but the move gives Edmonton a nice flexibility in the middle- Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: Last season, Carter Verhaeghe proved to the hockey world that he is a full-time player in the NHL.But that wasn’t enough for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who got him withdraw as unrestricted free agent after team fails to qualify him The Lightning were clearly reluctant to go to arbitration with the 25-year-old and felt they couldn’t afford to keep him amid their cap crisis So their interstate rivals were happy to get him back for a two-year contract that will either give them good value at $ 1million per season or can be buried in the minors without the Panthers being penalized. Verhaeghe has been a very good secondary scorer in junior and minors hockey, but has yet to establish himself in that role as an NHL player. He will have that opportunity as a potential last-six forward for the Panthers- Ken Campbell

THN’S TAKE: Steve Yzerman continues to supplement Detroit with another one-year contract for a veteran who can be returned later The addition of Merrill, 28, who is playing a game to stay at home, will force them younger Detroit blueliners to earn roster spots rather than being awarded them by default This bodes well for the Wings’ development plan- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: New GM Bill Zito continues his overhaul of the Panthers roster by adding a physical stopper to defenseman Radko Gudas The veteran won’t add a lot of attacking in Florida, but it’s for others : Gudas will take the puck out of the zone and make the opponent think twice before going into the corners Penalties and suspensions have plagued the defenseman over the years, but that’s the biggest risk with him Last season with Washington, he had some of the best possession counts among the Capitals’ defensemen, despite having decently tough minutes- Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: Schenn doesn’t bring anything flashy at this point in his career, but he’s a pretty reliable defender who can be a swingman in No 6 or 7 and bring in the physicality Because he started his NHL career as a teenager, it feels like he’s been around forever, but he’s only 30. He appeared in 11 postseason games in Tampa’s 2020 Stanley Cup run Recording just 10:52 a night during that time, Schenn quietly led all NHL players to 5v5 by 60 minutes during the bubble tournament, by naturalcom turn (min 50 minutes) You know what you get with him: a game of meat and potatoes- Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: It worked so well the first time around, why not try again? Maroon re-ups with Tampa Bay after forward and Lightning power combined for Stanley Cup this season Maroon’s relationship with coach Jon Cooper dates back to Maroon’s junior days, so there was definitely a level comfort when the native St Louis initially signed with the squad last year Maroon brings back size, sturdiness and some points to a formation that will have an even bigger goal on its back next year as champions in title For $ 900,000 per year, Maroon is a good choice and there should still be enough in the tank to add value within two years of the contract.- Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: Ryan makes a fresh start on a rebuilding squad Spent the last season recovering and dealing with his alcohol abuse issues, returned to Ottawa Senators lineup with late flair in the season and won the Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey Ryan, 33, is far from his best years as a regular 30-goal scorer with the Anaheim Ducks, but he has always been effective in pushing during his tenure with Ottawa and can count on double-digit goalscoring. in Detroit roster that needs viable NHL players and revived Robby Fabbri’s career last season Given that Ryan’s contract is only a year old, he should be a buildable asset by the trade deadline of 2021 for a Red Wings team still far from any conflict It’s a ‘prove it’ season, and with Ryan’s personal life at its best in a long time, he could have a great year back – Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: Blackhawks give Malcolm Subban the best opportunity of his career As they won’t be signing Corey Crawford again, they plan to ride with a trio of Subban, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen in what should be a competition open to win the role of starting goalkeeper in the future Subban, 26, has about a full season of NHL experience in his career: 66 games, 60 starts, a disappointing 297 goals against average and 899 save percentage.But he has never started more than 20 games in one season Goalies bloom later than skaters and defensemen, so Hawks are hoping Subban shows up better with a chance to play a bigger role – Matt Larkin

THN’S TAKE: Toronto Takes advantage of its geography by inking local product Simmonds to a one-year deal for a very reasonable cap Although Simmonds is no longer the weapon he was in his prime, the veteran is giving away always at the Maple Leafs exactly what they need: resistance With Josh Anderson in Montreal and the Bruins still mean, Toronto now has someone who can defend his teammates and maybe put on a tertiary offense thanks to his play on the net. And for just $ 1.5million, there’s basically no risk in the deal for the Leafs – Ryan Kennedy

THN’S TAKE: In New York City, Henrik Lundqvist is known as The King In Washington, he is known as The Tormentor As much as the Pittsburgh Penguins have been the Capitals’ post-season kryptonite over the years. for years, Lundqvist was in the Rangers’ net when they defeated the Capitals in the second round in 2012 and 2015 and in the first round in 2013 Now Lundqvist is a capital on a one-year, $ 1.5 million contract, giving Washington a low-risk, low-cost mentor and support for Ilya Samsonov And if you think the Capitals are still a legitimate contender at the Stanley Cup, it gives Lundqvist the chance to chase that elusive championship at the age of 38 Lundqvist isn’t the same goaltender who chased the Capitals out of the playoffs three times in four years and backed the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and the Eastern Conference Final one year. later, but it doesn’t have to be – Ken Campbell (FULL ANALYSIS)

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