Free Agent Predictions

For fun, I decided to make some free agent predictions for the July 13th class. The NHL FA Frenzy period officially kicks off at 12 noon.

Before I get to guessing where players will land, Evander Kane is staying put in Edmonton. The 30-year old power forward opted to take less money to stick with the Oilers where he can continue to benefit from playing with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. A wise decision on his part.

Kevin Weekes broke another story. In classic Weekes fashion, he revealed from the elevator at almost 2:30 in the morning that Jack Campbell was also headed to Edmonton. As expected, the former Maple Leaf goalie will sign with the Oilers for five years at five million per season.

You gotta love Weekes. He’ll break big hockey news from anywhere. It’s hilarious. He definitely is one of the best insiders outside of the main Canadian guys. Kudos to him.

One of the players both Brian and myself were predicting was Andrew Copp to the Red Wings. It looks like that indeed is happening later today. Darren Dreger broke it a while ago.

If it’s for five years at around $5.5 million on average, that’s good. Copp certainly boosted his value with how he performed with the Rangers. He’s from Ann Arbor and attended the University of Michigan.

It makes sense. The Red Wings have a ton of room and need a second center behind Dylan Larkin. Best of luck to the good Copp.

Let’s cross off those players.

Evgeni Malkin re-signed by Pens 4 years, $24.4 million.

Evander Kane re-signed with Oilers 4 years, $20.5 million.

Jack Campbell expected to sign with Oilers 5 for $5 million AAV.

Andrew Copp expected to sign with Red Wings terms not official yet.

Here are some educated guesses on a list of key free agents who are available:

Josh Manson Senators 6 for $5.5 million AAV

Johnny Gaudreau Devils 7 for $9.5 million AAV

John Klingberg Hurricanes 5 for $6 million AAV

Darcy Kuemper Capitals 5 for $5.5 million AAV

Vincent Trocheck Rangers 6 for $5.75 million AAV

Reilly Smith re-signed by Golden Knights 3 for $5 million AAV

Nazem Kadri Hurricanes 7 for $8.5 million AAV

Mason Marchment Islanders 6 for $3.5 million AAV

Ondej Palat Senators 5 for $6 million AAV

Ryan Strome Avalanche 6 years for 5.5 million AAV

Tyler Motte Rangers 4 years for $2.3 million AAV

Thomas Greiss Rangers 2 years for $1.25 million AAV

P.K. Subban Sabres 2 years for $4 million AAV

Dylan Strome Ducks 4 for $4.5 million AAV

Patrice Bergeron Bruins 2 for $5.5 million AAV

Nino Niederreiter Flames 5 for $5.5 million AAV

Nikita Zadorov Stars 4 for $4.5 million AAV

Claude Giroux Capitals 3 for $6 million AAV

David Perron Maple Leafs 4 for $4 million

Ben Chiarot Oilers 4 for $5 million AAV

Ilya Mikheyev Sabres 3 for $3.5 million AAV

Frank Vatrano Red Wings 4 for $4 million AAV

Andre Burakovsky Kraken 5 for $5.25 million

Nick Leddy Blue Jackets 3 for $5 million AAV


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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3 Responses to Free Agent Predictions

  1. hasan4978 says:

    Had to look through this just to see your Palat prediction, looks like you hit the terms right on haha

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Day One of the Free Agent Frenzy: As predicted, Trocheck signs with the Rangers, Halak the new backup, Copp heads home and Strome out West, Gaudreau turns down Devils for Blue Jackets, The best contracts of July 13th | Battle Of Hudson

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