Morning Free Association: FrEE aGeNT FrENzY


So it’s that time of year again …but during this time of the year.
The start of the NHL’s league year. The time when a GM’s fancy turns to UFAs in a drunken haze of manic player transactions.

All NHL contracts are terminated at noon Eastern time on the first day of the league year – which normally happens in midsummer (no, NOT Midsommar)
Yes this film is traumatizing
but because of the COVID-19 break has stretched out until October – last Friday, 9-Oct-2020.
So with that we had a bunch of transactions:

First, there were some late breaking trades
Trade: Paul Statsny acquired by Winnipeg Jets from Vegas Golden Knights
Trade: Carl Dahlstrom and 4th-rnd draft pick (2022) acquired by Vegas Golden Knights from Winnipeg Jets
Trade: Andreas Johnsson (F) acquired by New Jersey Devils from Toronto Maple Leafs
Trade: Joey Anderson (F) acquired by Toronto Maple Leafs from New Jersey Devils
Trade: Brandon Saad (F), Dennis Gilbert (D) acquired by Colorado Avalanche from Chicago Blackhawks
Trade: Nikita Zadorov (D), Anton Lindholm (D) acquired by Chicago Blackhawks from Colorado Avalanche
Trade: Kyle Burroughs (D) acquired by Colorado Avalanche from New York Islanders
Trade: A.J. Greer (F) acquired by New York Islanders from Colorado Avalanche

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Yotes) did not get traded.

And in a surprising cap move, recent golden boy, Tyler Johnson, was placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning

Then we get into free agent moves. There are about 345 Free Agents out there
Here are the Bruins FAs:
Group 2 RFAs: Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Karson Kuhlman, Zach Senyshyn, Jakub Zboril.
Group 3 UFAs: Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Maxime Lagace, Kevan Miller*, Joakim Nordstrom, Alexander Petrovic.
Group 6 UFAs: Ryan Fitzgerald.
UFAs: Brendan Gaunce, Brett Ritchie, Wiley Sherman.

*Signed/extended

Here are the first ~60 FA moves to hit the presses:

The guys who stayed put:
Extension: Zemgus Girgensons signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, AAV $2.2M.
Extension: Brandon Montour (D) signed a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres
Extension: Victor Mete signs a 1 year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, AAV $735k.
Extension: Dominik Kubalik (F) signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, AAV $3.7M.
Extension: Malcolm Subban (G) signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, AAV $850K.
Extension: Patrick Maroon (F) signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract the Tampa Bay Lightning
Extension: Luke Schenn (D) to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning
Extension: Anton Khudobin (G) signed a 3 year contract with the Dallas Stars, AAV $3.33M
Extension: Radek Faksa (F) signed a 5-year contract with the Dallas Stars, AAV $3.25M
Extension: Valeri Nichushkin (F) signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche
Extension: Andre Burakovsky (F) signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche
Extension: Kevin Labanc (F) signed a four-year contract with the San Jose Sharks
Extension: Tyler Ennis (F) signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers
Extension: Mike Smith (G) signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, AAV $2M
Extension: Jordan Greenway (F) signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, AAV $2.1M
Extension: Tomas Nosek signed a one-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights, AAV $1.25M
Extension: Ryan Graves (D) signed a three-year contract Monday with the Colorado Avalanche.

The > $5 million club:
Alex Pietrangelo (D) . signed a 7-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights, AAV $8.8M
Taylor Hall (F) . . . .signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, AAV $8M
Torey Krug (D) . . . . signed a 7-year, $45.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues, AAV $6.5M.
Jacob Markstrom (G) . .signed a 6 year contract with the Calgary Flames, . .. AAV $6M

The $4 million club
TJ Brodie (D) . . . . .signed a four-year, contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, AAV $5M
Christopher Tanev (D) .signed a four-year contract with the Calgary Flames, AAV $4.5M
Braden Holtby (G). . . signed a 2-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks, . AAV $4.3M
Tyler Toffoli (F) . . .signed a 4-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, AAV $4.25M
Justin Schultz (D) . . signed a 2-year contract with the Washington Capitals. AAV $4M

The $3 million club:
Corey Crawford (G) . . signed a 2-year contract with the New Jersey Devils, . AAV $3.9M
Kevin Shattenkirk (D) .signed a 3-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, . . . AAV $3.9M
Tyson Barrie (D) . . . signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, AAV $3.75M
Cam Talbot (G) . . . . signed a 3-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, . . .AAV $3.67
Craig Smith (F) . . . .signed a 3-year contract with the Boston Bruins (Sat), AAV $3.1M
Erik Gustafsson (D) . .signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, AAV $3M

And the rest:

“Don’t worry, maybe you’ll get top billing next season…”


Henrik Lundqvist (G) . signed a 1-year contract with the Washington Capitals, AAV $1.5M
Wayne Simmonds (F) . . signed a 1 year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, AAV $1.5M.
Bobby Ryan (F) . . . . signed a 1-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Kyle Turris . . . . . .signed a 2-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, . . AAV $825K
Radko Gudas (D). . .. signed a 3 year contract with the Florida Panthers, . .AAV $2.5M
Carter Verhaeghe (F) . signed a 2 year contract with the Florida Panthers, . .AAV $1M
Alexander Wennberg (F) signed a 1 year contract with the Florida Panthers, . .AAV $2.25M
Mark Borowiecki (D) . .signed a 2 year contract with the Nashville Predators, AAV $2M
Jack Johnson (D) . . . signed a 1-year contract with the New York Rangers, . .AAV $1.15M
Mark Jankowski (F) . . signed a 1 year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, AAV $700K
Maxime LaGace (G) . . .signed a 1 year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, AAV $700K
Jesper Fast (F) . . . .signed a 3-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes . AAV $2M
Buffalo signed Tobias Rieder (F), Brandon Davidson (D), and Matt Irwin (D), each to a one-year contract,
Trevor van Riemsdyk (D) signed a 1-year contract with the Washington Capitals, AAV $800K
Zach Bogosian (D) . . .signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, AAV $1M
Kevin Shattenkirk (D) .signed a 3-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Turris (D) . . . .signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers
Nate Thompson (F) . . .signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets, AAV $750K
Mikko Koivu (F) . . . .signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, AAV $1.5M
Tobias Rieder (F) . . .signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, AAV $700K
Brandon Davidson (D). .signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, AAV $700K
Nick Cousins (F) . . . signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators, AAV $1.5M
Troy Stecher (D) . . . signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings
Vladislav Namestnikov (F) signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings
Kyle Clifford (F) . . .signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues, AAV $1M
Cody Eakin (F) . . . . signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, AAV $2.25
Jimmy Vesey (F) . . . .signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, AAV $900K
Mattias Janmark (F) . .signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, AAV $2.25M
Brad Richardson (F) . .signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators, AAV $1M

Here are some interesting free agent who have not been signed as far as I know.
Mike Hoffman (F)
Dustin Byfuglien
Evgenii Dadonov (F)
Mikael Granlund (F)

Cory Schneider (G)
Craig Anderson (G)
Aaron Dell (G)
Jimmy Howard (G)
Ryan Miller (G)

You’ll note that there has been a shocking amount of movement of high-profile goalies this week.
Let’s follow that Goaltender konga line!

NY Rangers buy out Lundqvist
Lundqvist -> Capitals
Holtby -> Canucks
Markstrom -> Flames
Talbot -> Wild
Dubnyk ->

Also
Devils buy out Schneider
Corey Crawford -> Devils
Red Wings abandon Howard
Thomas Greiss -> Red Wings
Murray -> Senators (trade)
Khudobin -> Stars (extension)
Smith -> Oilers (extension)

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Stripes
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Hi Pals!!
Monrovia calling!!
Donny, we need more defense. In that vein, sign Wiley Sherman. Big kid who’s going to take awhile. And that leftie, puck moving dude…. we need that guy.
Very tired, did not sleep. Now it’s time to work and I want to sleep!

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Oh, and Bruin fans would like to find Kyle Palmieri under their Christmas tree.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Sweeney seems to be getting caught a bit with his pants down? The whole never really talking to Krug thing confuses me.

Hockey Things I Said to Satan81 Out of Context: “I want to punch a spreadsheet.”

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks,

Tyler Johnson’s stats aren’t as impressive as I expected. Still, $5mil. Hmm. Wonder if he can play wing.