My Recap of NHL Free Agency: Day One

Ok, so let me just get this out of the way right now; there’s no way in hell I can cover all of the action that happened in the first day of free agency. I woke up at 11:30 and there was already like 15 players on new teams. It’s past 2 right now so ya, I’d have to be superhuman to cover everything. That being said, I’m going to cover the big signings and contract extensions of the day so, without further adieu, here is my list.

Milan Lucic signs with Edmonton Oilers: 7 years, $42 million total

Fuck Milan Lucic. The guy is a scumbag and dirty player, which made him a perfect fit for the LA Kings but not anywhere else. Hopefully Edmonton is sending him  straight to the AHL, where he can’t try to murder our favorite players anymore.


David Backes to the Boston Bruins: 5 years, $30 million ($6 million AAV)

Backes is coming off his worst point total (45) in like seven years and was also on the third line for the end of the season. (Maybe he was at the beginning too, I’m not sure, I don’t give a shit about the Blues.) Anyways, I think the Bruins overpayed on this deal. Sure, he’s a great player, but I would have offered like $5 million due to last years performance. Of course there is always the chance that a change of scenery will reinvigorate him. Either way, the Bruins will probably trade him next year for  drat picks so it doesn’t really matter.

Kyle Okposo to the Buffalo Sabres: 7 years, $42 million ($6 million AAV)

Good move by the Sabres here. Okposo was a big name out here and they needed a solid top-six forward. I’m not a big fan of long-term deals, but you gotta do what you gotta do. The Sabres may not be completely awful next year. Maybe.

Troy Brouwer to the Calgary Flames: 4 years, $18 million ($4.5 million AAV)

As a Sharks fan, this move blows. Brouwer had San Jose’s number during the entire Western Conference Final and we couldn’t do much to stop him. Now he’s in our division. 😦  But this is a great move for Calgary. They signed Brian Elliott last week and now brought in a dangerous scorer. They look to be on the up, but it doesn’t matter, because the Sharks will still beat them.

Alex Stalock to the Minnesota Wild: 1 year, $650,000

I don’t care that the Wild signed Eric Staal (3 years, $10.5 million) today. In fact, I don’t care about any other signing than this one. Why? Because Alex Stalock is going to sneak up and steal the starting job from Devan Dubnyk in a matter of days from the season starting. Just look at this goaltending God:


Watch out Dubby, Al’s coming for you.

Frans Nielson to the Detroit Red Wings: 6 years, $31.5 million ($5.25 million AAV)

The Red Wings REALLY wanted Steven Stamkos, but they didn’t get him so the club decided to take Nielson instead. He’s a real solid player who scored 52 points last year so now they can pretend that they’ll make the playoffs next year.

Al Montoya (1 year, $950,000) and Alexander Rudulov (1 year, $5.75 million) to the Montreal Canadiens

I have no quarrel with the Canadiens so I’ll keep this nice and sweet. Montoya was a good pickup because Carey Price has this thing with getting injured a lot and he should be a better backup then Condon was, so they’ll win more games. Rudulov was a smart move because he’s gifted offensively, but has a problem with listening to rules I guess*. That’s most likely the reason for the one-year contract.

We’ll see how it works out, but they’ve had a fantastic couple of day- hahaha sorry I couldn’t even type that. WHY would you trade Subban you idiots.

Yannick Weber to the Nashville Predators: 1 year, 575,000

Absolutely savage move here by the Preds. Friend of the site (knows Cam) Jordie, of Barstool Sports, put it perfectly:


Just slap the number 6 on Yannick’s jersey and he’s suddenly thrust into the spotlight. People won’t know the difference.

Andrew Ladd to the New York Islanders: 7 years, $38.5 million ($5.5 million AAV)

Hmmm I wonder if the Isles are trying to replace Okposo and Nielson. Ladd is a good choice, but he’s starting to get a little older and will be around 38 when this contract ends. If he shows a decline those last few years then the Islanders are going to regret this, which is good for us because if they can’t make the playoffs then we won’t have to see the disgusting Barclays Center on our TV’s for a while. Fuck that stupid car right next to the glass.

Loui Eriksson to the Vancouver Canucks: 6 years, $36 million ($6 million AAV)

As much as I hate the Canucks, this pick-up is fire. Eriksson had 30 goals last season and 63 total points, which is great and to get him for $6 million a year is solid. Unfortunately for him, the Canucks are still a dumpster fire and he will most likely toil in that black hole of a club until his contract mercifully ends. RIP Loui.

Victor Hedman (8 years, $7.875 million AAV) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (3 years, $3.5 million AAV) re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning

Looks like the Lightning answered a couple of questions people had after the Stamkos signing. Both players had a year left on their current contracts, but GM Steve Yzerman wanted to lock them down early and clear up some room on his desk. With these signings, it shows that starting goalie Ben Bishop is probably done with the team after next year and the Bolts will be able to keep their top defenseman, Hedman, for a long time.

David Schlemko to the San Jose Sharks: 4 years, $8.4 million ($2.1 million AAV)

This signing isn’t huge or anything but it shows Sharks fans everywhere one thing; Roman Polak is as good as gone. This is fantastic news because Polak was AWFUL in the Stanley Cup Final, so now the Sharks have a solid man on the third pairing and can win the Cup next year. #ThisIsSharksTerritory

Brian Campbell to the Chicago Blackhawks: 1 year, $2 million

Wait a second. You mean to tell me the Hawks are going to have a good defender who’s name isn’t Keith or Seabrook? I don’t believe it. Go get another forward.


This concludes the major signings from day one of NHL free agency. Since it’s only four o’clock right now there may be more and I’ll cover it, but for the moment I think I got the big signings. If not, I apologize. Go start your own website. And as always be sure to follow us here at ‘Top Cheddar’ for more NHL news.

*Some stats and contract details came from CBS sports

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