NHL Free Agent News
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The Maple Leafs have signed Josh Leivo to a one-year deal worth $925K.
The Blue Jackets signed Cam Atkinson to a seven-year extension worth $41.125M ($5.875M AAV).
Atkinson’s extension include a no-trade or no-move clause in the first two years of the deal and a limited no-trade after that. Atkinson had a breakout campaign in 2016-17 but has struggled early-on in 2017-18, collecting just four goals and two assists (six points) in 15 games. Regardless of the slow start, Atkinson is locked into a large role in the Blue Jackets offence and is now signed there through the 2024-25 season.
Nov. 17, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
The Maple Leafs agreed to terms with Roman Polak on a one-year deal worth $1.1M.
Polak appeared in 75 games with the Maple Leafs last season, posting just 11 points (4G / 7A) and averaging 17:55 TOI/GM—including a team-high 2:54 TOI/GM on the penalty kill. The Maple Leafs have been leaning heavily on Ron Hainsey and Nikita Zaitsev on the PK, so Polak has likely been signed to ease that burden on those two.
Oct. 23, 2017, 10:11 a.m.
The Red Wings signed Andreas Athanasiou to a one-year deal worth $1.3875 million.
Oct. 21, 2017, 10:56 a.m.
The Panthers have signed Michael Matheson to an eight-year deal worth $39M ($4.875M AAV).
Matheson, 23, was the No.23 pick in 2012 and has become a big part of the Panthers’ blueline, averaging over 21 minutes per game last year and through the first two games of this season. He has some offensive ability to his game and should be able to top his 17 points (7G / 10A) from last season.
The Golden Knights have signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Pirri has proven to be a quality goal-scorer throughout his career, but hasn’t really been put in opportunities to succeed in recent years. Pirri had 22 goals in 49 games with the Panthers in 2014-15 and is coming off of a season where he tallied eight goals and 10 assists (18 points) in 60 contests with the Rangers.
The Senators have signed Mark Borowiecki to a two-year extension worth $2.4M ($1.2M AAV).
Borowiecki, 28, does not being a lot of fantasy value to the table unless you are in a hits league. In 2016-17. Borowiceki led the league in hits (364) last season, but had just one goal and two assists.
The Wild signed Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal worth $660K.
Winnik is expected to make his Wild debut on Thursday after earning a contract on a PTO during training camp. Winnik is coming off of a year in which he had 12 goals and 13 assists (25 points) in 72 games with the Capitals. Look for him to skate with Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis on the Wild fourth line in his debut.
The Capitals have signed Alex Chiasson to a one-year deal worth $660K.
Chiasson, 27, spent last year in Calgary after two years in Ottawa and had 12 goals and 12 assists (24 points) in 81 games. Chiasson will make his Capitals debut on the third line while Tom Wilson is suspended.
The Blackhawks have signed Cody Franson to a one-year contract.
The Blackhawks had to wait until they moved Marian Hossa to LTIR to announce the deal, but they bring Franson to join a mostly inexperienced blueline. Franson spent the last two seasons with the Sabres, where he had five goals and 19 assists (24 points) per 82 games, but missed a combined 37 games. His value will hinge on how much power-play time he gets in Chicago.
The Jets have signed Nikolaj Ehlers to a seven-year deal worth $42 million ($6.0M AAV).
Ehlers is entering the final year of a three-year deal, so this new deal won’t kick in until 2018-19 and it runs through the 2024-25 season. The 21-year-old is coming off of a great sophomore campaign, having collected 25 goals and 39 assists (64 points) in 82 games. Ehlers is positioned for another great year as he’s poised to start the season with Patrik Laine and Bryan Little.
The Sabres signed Jack Eichel to an eight-year extension worth $80 million ($10.0M AAV).
Eichel is entering the final year of his entry-level contract, so this extension will kick in for the 2018-19 season and run through the 2025-26 campaign—he will be 29-years-old. Eichel is hoping for a better start to 2017-18 after last year got derailed by an injury before the first game. Upon his return to the Buffalo lineup, Eichel was 10th in the NHL in points and is pegged as one of the biggest breakout candidates coming into this season.
The Flames have signed Tanner Glass to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Glass signs on with the Flames to be a depth forward after a solid training camp. The 33-year-old winger offers nothing in terms of fantasy value, having picked up just 69 points (24G / 45A) in 511 career NHL games.
The Blue Jackets signed Josh Anderson to a three-year contract worth $5.55M ($1.85M AAV).
Anderson held out of training camp as an unsigned RFA, but gets a contract one-day before the start of the NHL season. The 23-year-old is coming off of 17-goal, 12-assist season and will look to carve out a larger role this season. Missing training camp will put Anderson behind the 8-ball and likely force him to start the season in the bottom-6.
The Flames have signed Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal worth $1.0M.
After a summer of hilarious Tweets and patiently waiting, Jagr has signed on with the Flames two days prior to the start of the season. The 45-year-old veteran appeared in all 82 games last season, posting 16 goals and 30 assists (46 points) with the Florida Panthers. Jagr will likely play be limited to a bottom-6 role to start, but could work his way up the depth chart in a hurry.