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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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Free Agency moving from July 1st … Other common ground found, closer on some issues

  • Kevin McGran via twitter: It’s looking like NHL free agency will be changing dates. The Star has learned that Free Agent Frenzy day is moving from July 1st to mid to late June.

    Gary Bettman has acknowledged that the NHL have agreed to 13 of 17 player issues, with moving the free agent as one of them.

    “Right now, nothing is agreed on because we won’t agree to anything until we get a deal on core economics,” said one insider familiar with the NHL’s positions. “But this is stuff where we said, ‘Okay, we’ll go there.’ ”

    Both sides have found some common ground on some issues, and the NHL has backed off some of their hardline positions.

    They have more or less found common ground on:

      Change the free agent calendar, meaning the market would open on June 15 or 48 hours after the awarding of the Stanley Cup — the players want whichever is later — instead of July 1. Arbitration dates may change as well.

     Allow cap space to be included in transactions, to encourage trades and get teams out from under heavy contracts.

     A joint health committee.

     Eliminate re-entry waivers.

     A neutral, third-party arbitrator to deal with appeals for on- and off-ice discipline.

     Minimum roster requirements to avoid situations where teams dress fewer than 18 players to save salary cap room.

    They are getting closer on:

     • Entry-level contracts. The league still wants two-year limits. A club option on a third year is a sticking point.

     AHL salaries. The league is offering to count only those that exceed the NHL minimum ($525,000) against a team’s cap. The NHL had wanted the number closer to $95,000. The victory for the PA here is that AHL players won’t have their salaries count against the players’ share of hockey-related revenue. Accounting would be limited to players in the NHL.

     Unrestricted free agency. The league is offering freedom after eight years of service or age 28, after asking for 10 years. This year, players could become free agents after seven years of service, or age 27.

     Maintaining salary arbitration, but with eligibility pushed back to a player’s fifth season. The players are asking for arbitration after four years. The NHL initially wanted it abolished.

    The sticky points that remain are: 50/50, revenue sharing, contract restraints and lockout damage.

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