Morning Free Agency Association: Free Agency Update

Well, the opening salvo of the NHL’s free agency period dropped a lot of transactions on us but it slowed up by quite a bit.

We had some 60 transactions in the first 24 hours or so of free agency, but things have gotten a bit more sane since then. There are still contracts being written up.

Most interesting to Bruins fans is Matt Grzelcyk getting locked up.
The 26-year old defenseman signed a new contract on Saturday for 14.75 million dollars with a four year term – an average annual value of $3.6875 million. This allows the Bruins to avoid an arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday of this week. Grzelcyk is the only left handed defenseman to be signed so far of the 3 free agents who were regulars on the 2019-20 roster (Grzelcyk was an RFA) though John Moore still has 3 seasons remaining and P-Bruin Jakub Zboril got a 2 year deal. Grzelcyk can move the puck a bit but does not have the same playmaking ability as Torey Krug – who is now on the Blues.

This leaves the Bruins with 43 active contracts out of a possible 50, including roughly 22 of 23 roster spots locked up (including Kevan Miller, Anton Blidh and Marchand & Pastrnak – most of whom are on IR), and about $6.65M in cap space, with Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara and another defenseman’s spot remaining unsigned.

Around the league we saw signings for…

Cody Ceci – the right-handed defenseman formerly with the Senators and Maple Leafs is now a Penguin, having signed a one-year $1.25 million contract with the Pittsburgh hockey club.

Patrick Marleau signed a one-year deal with the Sharks last week – CapFriendly is listing it as a $700,000 deal. This after the Sharks had traded him to the Penguins at the end of last season. Marleau was lobbying last week for “Jumbo” Joe Thornton to return to the Sharks as well. Thornton – who had signed a deal with the Swiss league’s HC Davos for this Fall – will return to the NHL when the season resumes, after signing a $700,000 one-year deal with the Maple Leafs.
Former Sharks goalie Aaron Dell also signed a one-year contract with the Leafs worth $800,000.

Former forward for the Florida Panthers, Evgenii Dadonov signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators with an AAV of $5 million. This signing may provide some guidance for contract expectations for Bruins RFA Jake DeBrusk.

Flames RFA forward Andrew Mangiapane signed a two-year, $4.85 million contract on Friday for an AAV of $2.425 million. He also avoided an arbitration hearing previously scheduled for Tuesday.

Rangers RFA D-man Tony DeAngelo signed a contract with the New York on Thursday. CapFriendly is listing it as a two-year deal with an AAV of $4.8 million. Like Grzelcyk and Mangiapane, he would have had an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.
Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev also got a contract on Thursday, reportedly for two years with an AAV of $2.425 million. This is fortunate for the Rags, since he started 34 games last season and they dumped Hank Lundqvist

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Who was a lazy sod yesterday and spent most of the day binging on The Simpsons? This girl!
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And who was a dipshit and forgot to set the alarm last night? This girl!
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s a very binge-able show to be fair to you! Something I didn’t really realise until we got Disney Plus (new home of the Simpsons) is in seasons between 4 and 8 there were strings of four or five absolute classic episodes one after the other. Not just a great show but a relentlessly great show, especially in those mid-nineties seasons.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh man, those were definitely the glory years. The Conan O’Brien years, right?

Disney+ had a banner promoting the Tree House of Horror episodes for Halloween and I went down the rabbit hole from there. It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched The Simpsons. Almost didn’t want to go to bed so I could keep watching! lol

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Hi folks,

I like Debrusk but I wouldn’t give him 5 mil.

Fun catch-up Saturday night. I needed it too. I was clinging onto the belief that there was light at the end of the Covid tunnel, but with tighter restrictions coming in in England there suddenly seems no end in sight. That coupled with a couple of stressful days at work and I wasn’t in a great place, which is unusual for me even in these times!

Had a nice day yesterday too – gentle walk to a local farm park to feed the goats and sheep and things and then a lovely pub lunch. That cheered me up.

Started watching Midsommar last night, as I’ve heard a few of you mention it. I’m 40mins in. Should I watch the rest??

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Satan 81's Sister

I was thinking this morning how fun and relaxing Saturday night was with both dinner with friends and Zooming with friends. Much needed night of laughs for sure!

I was clinging onto the belief that there was light at the end of the Covid tunnel,

My radio show cohost and I talk about this last week. He was mentioning how he had been having a hard time recently and feeling like all creativity has left him since his band hasn’t been able to play any gigs. Definitely the “no end in sight to COVID” is playing a huge part in that.

As for Midsommar, I think at this point you get the idea of the movie and your life will be just fine if you don’t watch the rest. lol

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Hey All!
Dadonov for $5M AAV? I think it was Bill Veeck who said “It’s not the high price of stars that’s expensive, it’s the high price of mediocrity.” One wonders how long that will last in our brave new world. Will TV revenues be enough? Will we ever sit in the stands and feel the thrill of live hockey again? I DON’T KNOW!!! Please excuse the shouting.

Good fun Saturday night! Probably the highlight of me weekend as it was a work on the house weekend. Good progress. Definite house warming parties this spring. Parties as we’re having two. One for the partakers and one for the abstainers. We have a lot of friends in both categories. Party on, Wayne!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Glad to hear the house is coming along! How was the river on Sunday?

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

No river for us. Sunday morning we decided to keep forging ahead with the house. I’m going back to Monrovia to work Tuesday and Wednesday. Plumber may start next Monday! We’re going to have indoor plumbing!!!

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We have some indoor plumbing now, but not a lot.

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Satan 81's Sister

Ah bummer, but I suppose working on the house is a bit important!