It’s Canada Day! What better way to celebrate than to make all the GMs work the phones, faxes, and other technologies to scramble to sign all the promising free agents that will all make their teams better, go to the playoffs, and win the Stanley Cup. Okay, wait a minute, that’s not it. What better way…to overpay for players, give them huge amounts of term and hope that you can unload that contract at an entry draft some years down the line.
Last week, Don Sweeney said that he expected the Bruins to be active in free agency and Fluto Shinzawa reported that Bruins were in the market for a goalie.
Bruins will be in the goalie market on Monday.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) June 28, 2019
With just over $12 million in cap space and RFAs Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen needing to be signed, it’s hard to see how the B’s will be “active”.
Why do they need a goaltender, you might ask. They have Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak signed for this year already, you might say. Well, Zane McIntyre is a UFA and won’t be re-signing. Dan Vladar will likely be seeing full-time goalie duty when he returns to Providence in the fall. Don Sweeney may want Kyle Keyser to spend more time on his game in Atlanta in the ECHL, like he did with Vladar, necessitating another netminder with the AHL affiliate.
As for other teams, it looks like Florida is clearing space for a potential goaltender signing. On Sunday, they traded James Reimer to Carolina for Scott Darling, who they promptly bought out.
To Carolina #Hurricanes:
G James Reimer
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2019
Artemi Panarin is going to a New York team. Twitter posts from last night suggest that the Isles may have won his services.
It’s all but a done deal that Matt Duchene will be going to the Predators.
We’ll see what happens starting at noon.