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