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Top 10 “Value” Free Agent Signings

With how rare it is to acquire talent in the NHL, most teams find themselves coming out of the offseason with their pockets emptied by free agents and the ridiculous prices that the market sets on them.

Once free agency hits, mediocre players become hot commodities and teams usually overpay to get them.

Sometimes, however, good deals are signed and both parties come away winners.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 “value” contracts that were signed during this offseason.

Honourable Mentions:

James Reimer – Toronto Maple Leafs – Two-years, $4.6 million / $2.3 million cap hit

With career numbers of a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average, Reimer has established himself as a very capable goalie in the league. While he may not be a true number one goaltender, he is at worst a goalie who is good enough to play 30-40 games in a split role. With a two-year contract for only $2.3 million per season, the Leafs should have no problem finding a trade partner if need be.

Lars Eller – Montreal Canadiens – Four-years, $14 million / $3.5 million cap hit

Never eclipsing 30 points in any of his five seasons in the league, Eller has yet to establish himself as a reliable forward in the NHL. With that said, this past postseason Eller finished behind only Subban in scoring, with 13 points in 17 games. At only $3.5 million until the age of 29, the Canadiens might have gotten themselves a steal if that kind of production continues.

On to the top 10.

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NHL News: Spaling, Green, Gardiner, King and Halischuk

  • Ken Campbell: Nick Spaling filed for $2.85 million, with the Penguins submitting $1.65 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils signed Andy Green to a five year, $25 million contract extension, $5 million in each season.
  • Stephen Whyno: Jake Gardiner salary breakdown: $4.65 this year, $4.05 million for the next three years and $3.45 million in 2018-19.
  • Helene St. James: Dwight King avoided arbitration with the Kings and signed a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.95 million.
  • Winnipeg Jets: The Jets signed Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way deal worth $750,000.

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Quick Hits: Arbitration, Winnik, Tatar, Stats and Brassard

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Remaining arbitration hearing dates: Jimmy Hayes (FLA) – July 29th, Nick Spaling (PIT) – July 31st, Michael Frolik (WIN) – July 31st (update – just signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal)Dwight King (LA) – Aug. 1st, Justin Fontaine (MIN) – Aug. 1st, P.K. Subban (MON) – Aug. 1st.
  • Alex Seixeiro: Daniel Winnik said on the Fan 590 that the deal with the Maple Leafs came together quickly over the past couple days.
  • Helene St. James: Due to Tomas Tatar’s December birthday, he’ll have one-year of restricted free agency after his contract expires in 2017.
  • Allan Walsh: One NHL GM said that advanced stats are now central when evaluating prospects and ranking players for the draft.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Derick Brassard’s deal with the Rangers contains a limited no-trade clause. Salary breakdown: $7 million, $6 million, $5 million, $3.5 million and $3.5 million.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Pacific Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Central Division, it’s now time to take a look at final division in the NHL, the Western Conferences teams, Pacific Division.

*All figures according to, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 4: Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 22 (11 forwards, 9 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $57,864,167
Overages: $1,150,000
Cap Space: $11,135,833
RFA’s Remaining: Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly
Players for LTIR: Sheldon Souray (if needed)

Overview: The Ducks are one of the NHL’s best teams, and yet, they still find themselves with just over $11 million in cap space. This is a very unfamiliar sight for good teams. With only Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly left to bring back (which should come for around or less than $3 million combined), the Ducks are in an extremely good position financially moving forward.

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Subban, Erixon, Kings and Boyle

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Contract talks between the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue.

    “The talks are and have been going for a little while, and, yes, the Hawks are making it a priority,” Brisson wrote in an email on Tuesday.

  • Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports: (via google translate) By P.K. Subban filing for arbitration, it means that he can’t sign an offer sheet with anyone.

    “Negotiations will continue before the date of the arbitration” has also referred to the agent defenseman, Don Meehan, the TVA Sports.

    It’s likely they will get a deal done before their arbitration hearing.

  • Aaron Portzline: A deal between the Blue Jackets and RFA defenseman Tim Erixon should be done shortly. Other than Ryan Johansen, other RFA deals should come together quickly.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking to add a veteran goaltender in case Jonathan Quick hasn’t fully recovered from his wrist surgery. Tomas Vokoun and Nikolai Khabibulin are being considered. The Kings likely won’t decide on a goalie until later on this summer.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning signed Brian Boyle to a three year, $6 million deal last week. Boyle turned down more money from the Maple Leafs.

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Quick Hits: Malone, Clifford, Quick, Boyle, Rynnas, Noreau and Lidster

  • Joe Smith: Former Lightning Ryan Malone had his DUI and cocaine possession disposition hearing moved from yesterday to August 11th.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings Kyle Clifford had successful surgery to fix a small fracture to one of his bones in his wrist. The surgery may have taken place on June 24th, the same day Jonathan Quick had wrist ligament surgery. Quick’s recovery is expected to be 10-12 weeks, while Clifford is expected recovery is six to eight weeks.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Brian Boyle said he was talking to wife before the start of free agency about how nice it would be to play in Tampa. “We jumped on it” when offered a three year deal from the Lightning.
  • Josh Rimer: The Stars have signed Jussi Rynnas to a two-year deal.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs sign Maxim Noreau to a minor league contract, a two-year deal at $625,000 per season.
  • Elliott Pap: Doug Lidster has been named as an assistant coach to Willie Desjardins’ coaching staff.

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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Quick Hits: Gagner, Pitkanen, Jovo, Schultz, Larsson, Lecavalier and Weber

  • Dustin Nielson: “I think no trade/movement clauses are ridiculous but at the same time if the players has one it’s his call. GM’s do this to themselves.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes did not retain Sam Gagner’s no-movement clause in the trade.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he talked to Joni Pitkanen’s agent and was told that Pitkanen can not put his foot in a skate.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers announce they will use a compliance buyout on Ed Jovanovski, clearing $4.1 million in salary cap space. Jovanovski will get $2.7 million over two years.
  • John Hoven: The Kings re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz.
  • Todd Cordell: The Devils and Adam Larsson agree to a one-year contract extension.
  • David Pagnotta: Vincent Lecavalier will get a $2 million signing bonus tomorrow, as well as next July 1st.
  • Mike Halford: Shea Weber will get a $13 million signing bonus tomorrow.

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NHL Rumors V: Sabres Buying Out Ehrhoff, Kings, Coyotes and Leafs

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres will be buying out defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff has declined the waiver process. The fear of the cap recapture penalty made him virtually untradable.

    “Since I got here we’ve talked about this,” Murray, who was hired in January, told The News this morning in Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “We’ve talked about his contract. We’ve talked about the repercussions of the contract with the penalties that the league has put on it. It’s been an ongoing discussion.”

    Ehrhoff was also not interested in being in Buffalo during their rebuild.

    “The fact that he quite frankly doesn’t want to be here makes it easy,” Murray told The News. “I’ve said at the start that if you don’t want to be here we’ll make it happen. He’s made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on.”

    The Sabres currently sit just about $20.6 million under the salary cap floor. They have Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

  • Robert Paredes: The Kings would be able to afford Christian Ehrhoff if they dumped Robyn Regehr.
  • Sarah McLellan: Eight teams have called on Coyotes pending UFA Thomas Greiss, still in talks with a few.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have kicked tires on at least six UFAs so far including: Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Without the Ducks and Predators in on Jason Spezza, price for him would seemingly be shrinking.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on signing 2014 1st round pick Sam Reinhart“They’re going to ask for a lot. I’m going to think it’s too much, and they’re going to get it.”

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NHL Rumors XIII: Toews and Kane, Niskanen, Mitchell, Canucks, Gionta, Oilers and Jets

  • Bob McKenzie: It is believed that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each initially asked the Blackhawks for a contract extension worth around $12 million per year. Toews and Kane will get less than that, but could still end up around $10 million a year.
  • Cap Geek: If the Blackhawks were able to sign Toews and Kane at $10 million cap hits, the Blackhawks 2015-16 salary cap payroll would be about $62 million for 12 players.
  • Neil Sheehy: Matt Niskanen talked to the Penguins and he’ll be testing the open market in July 1st.
  • Craig Custance: The Kings won’t be re-signing Willie Mitchell as: “Unfortunately, no room.”
  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning: “We’re inquiring about what it takes to move up, but we’re happy at six if we stay there”
  • Jason Brough: Benning on the chance that Jacob Markstrom could be picked up off waivers if they send him down to the AHL: “We don’t have to try and figure that out right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Brian Gionta’s agent expected to talk to a few teams today and he’ll talk to Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin afterwards.
  • John Shannon: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is downplaying that they are free agent shopping. They are still wanting to get a defenseman and “a forward or two.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets are no closer to re-signing goaltender Al Montoya. He is getting lots of interest from other teams.
  • Tim Campbell: The Jets won’t use their compliance buyouts, “Not doable for small-market team.”
  • John Shannon: The Penguins have received permission to talk with Travis Green about joining their coaching staff.

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