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