The NHL Free Agency season is underway. Similarly to the NBA, there has already been a lot of signings. To read more on the NBA basketball signings, be sure to visit our NBA Free Agency Update post.
NHL Free Agency Season
So, the free agency period started at noon time this past Sunday and already there were a lot of deals. In the first place, there aren’t many top players unsigned as of yet, other than:
- Rick Nash – Last season he was traded to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline. Now, he is an unrestricted free agent.
NHL Free Agency Signings
First and foremost, one of the top names available this season was John Tavares. With the Toronto Maple Leafs signing Tavares for seven years to a $77 millions dollar contract; they have improved their defensive line. No doubt, with Tavares leaving the New York Islanders, they will need a solid defensive player to replace his defense.
To date, the Islanders have signed Robin Lehner for 1.5 million for one year and acquired their prior Winger, Matt Martin from the Maple Leafs for goalie prospect Eamon McAdams.
In addition, the Philadelphia Flyers signed James van Riemsdyk for five years at $7 million a season. Since many teams are still looking for defense, many elite players have already been signed to long-term extensions with their respective teams.
Also, the following signings took place:
- The Boston Bruins resigned Sean Kuraly for $1.25 million a season for a three year deal. In addition, the Bruins signed Veteran Goalie, Jarosalov Halak, Forward, Chris Wagner and defenseman, John Moore
- The Arizona Coyotes signed Brad Richardson to a two year, $2.5 million dollar contract.
Additionally, there were other signings throughout the NHL for various teams and players.
With the Washington Capitals winning it all last season, who do you think will be the team to keep an eye on in 2018/2019? Be to sure to visit our post on the Washington Capitals Win First Stanley Cup.
As always, I welcome your comments.