After a few quiet weeks in the NHL, business is about to pick up. Over the next few weeks, restricted free agents who have filed for arbitration will work out contracts with their clubs one way or another, be it by way of a last-minute negotiations or an arbitrator-decided deal. Keep an eye on this tracker to find out when players are set for their hearings, with analysis for all deals signed after July 10.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: C Chase De Leo signs a one-year, $750,000 deal – Arb. set for July 27, signed July 16
THN’s Take: Given he has played just three NHL games since 2015, De Leo shouldn’t factor into the Ducks’ long-term plans. But after a career-high 55 points in the AHL last season, he’ll be a key depth option for the club who could take a leadership role with the San Diego Gulls.
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CALGARY FLAMES: D Rinat Valiev signs a one-year, $700,000 deal – Arb. set for August 4, signed July 16
THN’s Take: Valiyev had a good season with the Stockton Flames and will return in a leadership role as the Flames continue to churn out good, young defenders. He’s far down the depth chart, but the big defender keeps the depth tight and will help guide fellow Russians Alexander Yelesin and Artyom Zagidulin during their transition to North America.
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CAROLINA HURRICANES: LW Brock McGinn signs a two-year, $4.2-million deal ($2.1 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 20, signed July 20
THN’s Take: McGinn will forever be remembered in Raleigh for scoring the game-winning goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 during the playoffs, but his real value is in scoring 10-15 goals a year in a depth role. He was the last player the Hurricanes had to deal with this summer, and with over $2 million in cap space still available, this is a good value signing.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: RW J.T. Compher signs a four-year, $14-million deal ($3.5 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 31, signed July 17
THN’s Take: Even though he’s not a big offensive guy, coming off of a 16-goal, 32-point season with the Avs, this is a nice price to pay for a player who can play special teams and all forward positions. The addition of Andre Burakovsky on the right side could result in Compher taking the job as third-line center. He’ll fit that role much better than the secondary scoring role he filled last season.
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DALLAS STARS: LW Jason Dickinson two-year, $3-million deal ($1.5 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 20, signed July 11
THN’s Take: Dickinson’s first NHL season was an uneventful one, but he played some of his best hockey in the final stages of the season, including four points in the final five regular-season games and five points in a middle-six role with the Stars in the playoffs. The team won every game in which he had a point during the post-season.
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LOS ANGELES KINGS: LW Alex Iafallo signs a two-year, $4.85 ($2.43 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 20, signed July 10
THN’s Take: No one would have predicted it during the pre-season, but Iafallo fell one point short of what Tyler Toffoli and Ilya Kovalchuk achieved last season. That’s the Kings for you. This is a good bridge deal for a player who’ll start the season in the top six and his experience at center and on the wing makes him a valuable asset up and down the lineup.
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: D Connor Carrick signs a two-year, $3-million deal ($1.5 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 25, signed July 16
THN’s Take: Carrick had a respectable 11 points in 34 games between Dallas and New Jersey and should factor into the full-time conversation. He’s a mobile defender who can skate 16-17 minutes a night and play an effective game while earning some power-play time along the way.
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NEW YORK RANGERS: D Jacob Trouba signs a seven-year, $56-million deal ($8 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 25, signed July 19
THN’s Take: Trouba signs his long-term deal and it’s a deal that needed to get done to make the team better today. He’s coming off of a career-best 50-point season with the Winnipeg Jets and will be a leader on a rebuilding Rangers team that hasn’t done much else to address to the backend this summer.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: C Scott Laughton signs a two-year, $4.6-million deal ($2.3 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 30, signed July 12
THN’s Take: Good for 10-20 goals a year, Laughton is a solid secondary scoring forward that can play the penalty kill and doesn’t shy away from physical play. He’s unlikely to produce at a higher level in his career, but his two-way play makes him worth it.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: G Jordan Binnington signs a two-year, $8.8-million deal ($4.4 million) – Arb. set for July 20, signed July 13
THN’s Take: The perfect deal for both sides. For the Blues, they don’t have to overpay for a netminder with just half a season of NHL hockey under his belt – albeit an extremely successful one – and Binnington, assuming he can hold up his end of the bargain, will be able to chase big money on the UFA market in two seasons.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: G Ville Husso signs a one-year, $700,000 deal – Arb. set for July 22, signed July 19
THN’s Take: An AHL all-star in 2018, Husso is coming off of a tough season that saw him finish with a 6-18-0 record and .871 save percentage with the San Antonio. Husso will help mentor 21-year-old Evan Fitzpatrick with the Rampage as the team looks for stability in the net after dressing eight goalies last season.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: C Oskar Sundqvist signs a four-year, $11-million deal ($2.75 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 24, signed July 21
THN’s Take: Sundqvist, who has experience down the middle and on the wings, further cements the Blues’ depth as they look to stay at the top of the heap in the challenging Central Division. He’s coming off of a 31-point season in his first full campaign as an NHLer. His 6-foot-3, 209-pound frame is ideal for a hard-nosed, two-way forward and his cap hit doesn’t break the bank. The Blues still have $4.37 million in salary room with just Ivan Barbashev and Joel Edmundson to worry about.
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WINNIPEG JETS: D Neal Pionk signs a two-year, $6-million deal ($3 million AAV) – Arb. set for July 24, signed July 21
THN’s Take: A key part of the Trouba trade, Pionk had just 26 points in 73 games with the Rangers last year but now has a chance to battle Sami Niku for the right-handed spot on the second pairing for a contending Jets team. At 23, he’s still young, raw and ready to prove himself on a team that desperately needs help.
Chase De Leo (signed July 16)
Danton Heinen (signed July 9)
Remi Elie (Aug. 1), Jake McCabe (Aug. 4), Evan Rodrigues (July 23), Linus Ullmark (Aug. 2)
Sam Bennett (July 27), Ryan Lomberg (signed July 16), David Rittich (July 29), Rinat Valiev (signed July 16)
Anton Forsberg (Aug. 4), Brock McGinn (signed July 20)
J.T. Compher (signed July 17), Sheldon Dries (Aug. 4), Ryan Graves (signed July 8)
Jason Dickinson (signed July 11)
MacKenzie Weegar (July 22)
Los Angeles Kings
Alex Iafallo (signed July 10)
Joel Armia (signed July 11), Charles Hudon (signed July 19), Artturi Lehkonen (signed July 11)
Rocco Grimaldi (Aug. 4), Colton Sissons (July 26)
New Jersey Devils
Will Butcher, (Aug. 2), Connor Carrick (signed July 16), Mirco Mueller (July 28)
New York Rangers
Pavel Buchnevich (July 29), Jacob Trouba (signed July 19)
Scott Laughton (signed July 12)
Zach Aston-Reese (July 22)
St. Louis Blues
Jordan Binnington (signed July 13), Joel Edmundson (Aug. 4), Ville Husso (signed July 20), Zach Sanford (signed July 8), Oskar Sundqvist (signed July 21)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Cedric Paquette (signed July 5)
Vegas Golden Knights
Malcolm Subban (signed July 9)
Christian Djoos (July 22), Chandler Stephenson (Aug. 1)
Andrew Copp (July 21), Neal Pionk (signed July 21)
(All contract information courtesy of CapFriendly)
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