NHL Unrestricted free agents 2018

Unrestricted free agents yet to be signed…

Calvin De Haan: The Islanders have yet to resign De Haan and right now he is rumored to be talking with the Rangers and Devils. De Haan a 27-year-old defenseman who has spent the last 8 years with the Islanders. De Haan’s best season came in 2016-17 when he collected 20 assists and 25 points in 82 games. The Islanders only signed him to a 1-year deal after that season and due to injuries De Haan only played in 33 games making him a free agent now.

Patrick Maroon: Maroon was sent over to the Devils during the trade deadline, tallying 13 points in 19 games with New Jersey Maroon has not been rumored to be getting much interest from the Devils. Maroon, 30-year-old power forward saw his most successful years alongside Connor McDavid in Edmonton, collecting 26 goals and 43 points. Last year Maroon tallied 43 points in 73 games. Maroon could be a top six forward for many teams or an even better depth forward for all teams.

Brooks Orpik: Orpik has probably been going through a wild string of emotions as of late. Winning a Stanley Cup to being traded to being bought out and now a free agent at 37-years-old is probably not easy to handle. Orpik is a two time Stanley Cup champion and has been a proven durable and reliable number 5, 6 defenseman. As he gets older clearly his value decreased a bit but still Orpik can be a great depth defenseman on any NHL team. Has been rumored to be in talks with Washington.


Rick Nash: Nash after not being resigned by Boston and talks seem to be falling south with Columbus has been said to be considering retirement. Nash at 34-years-old in a game that is transitioning to a younger, quicker and more skill based league has not found himself a home yet, nor a successful last couple of years. After not living up to the exact expectations many had for him in New York, Nash was dealt to Boston at the trade deadline, collecting 3 points in 11 games. The once 40 goal scoring winger may be finding his way out of the league…

Toby Enstrom: After failing to be a reliable option on the Winnipeg blueline it seems Enstrom is not going back to Winnipeg. After spending the last 11 years with Atlanta/Winnipeg the 33 year old defenseman is still trying to find that home on an NHL team’s blue line. Enstrom is not a flashy defenseman who will score 50 plus points a year, but when healthy and on a top four role he could be a reliable penalty killer, eat up minutes and play against other teams top lines. While he may be aging he still can play at a high level if healthy. Enstrom has not been rumored to moving anywhere as of now, but we’ll see.

Andrej Sustr: The 27-year-old Czech Republic defenseman who towers over many NHL players seems to be an option for many NHL teams. Sustr emerged in the league during the Lightning’s first Stanley Cup run in 2014-15 season. Standing at a solid 6’7 220 lb stature a lot of NHL teams would be missing out a very reliable and strong number five, six defenseman. Sustr 63 points in his 318 career NHL games his best year coming in 2015-16 when he collected 21 points 77 games. at 27 years old Sustr may be looking for a long term deal, worth around 2-3.5 mil AAV based on the market right now.

Other notable free agents…

Mark Letestu: Based on the market and Letesu’s age and best year coming in 2016-17 tallying 35 points, he could be a solid fourth liner, or borderline 3rd liner. Worth about 1.5-2 mil AAV, short term deal.

Anthony Duclair: With Duclair having yet to establish himself he is looking at a 1-2 year prove it to me contract type thing. He has spent now 3 years in the NHL on 3 different teams. Best year coming in 2015-16 when he tallied 44 points. A ton of upside but consistency has been the issue with Duclair.

Dan Hamhuis: Right now you are looking at about 2.5-3 mil AAV for Hamhuis based on the market and other defenseman signing around that deal Hamhuis is a solid dumber five borderline four defnesmean. Adds depthand the ability to play against other top lines. He can bring about 20-25 points to the blueline.

Robin Lehner: He is a 1-2 year, prove it to me type goalie as well. As other goalies around his value have been signed, right now Lehner may be jobless until a starting role or back up role pops up. You are looking at around 1.5-3 mil for Lehner.

Scott Hartnell: Hartnell is nearing the end of his career, he’s probably worth 1 year 1 mil, would not be surprised to see him return to Philadelphia to end his career.



NHL Trade Deadline

NHL Trade News: Nash, Plekanec, Letestu and more!

The news has been broken for about three and a half hours now but the New York Rangers have sent F Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins in return for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, 1st round pick 2018 and 7th round pick 2019. As well the Rangers retain 50% of Matt Beleskey’s $875,000 contract and Boston retains 50% of Nash’s 3.9 mil contract. Nash is also a pending UFA at the end of this season. The move was due to sights on Lord Stanley and the addition of Nash in the top six will only aid that run even more now for Boston.

The other move this morning/afternoon was Toronto and Montreal, two Canadian teams and original six teams, as well, bizarre they traded with each other but the Canadiens sent over F Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel and a 2nd round pick in 2018. Plekanec is a 35-year-old F with loads of experience and also a UFA at the end of this season. As the race tightens up in the Atlantic, and with the Bruins securing Nash, this was a probably an answerback trade from the Leafs. They saw the Bruins improve their roster and they knew they had to go out and do the same.

Another trade was a three-way deal between Columbus, Nashville, and Edmonton. The Oilers sent over Mark Letestu to Columbus and the Blue Jackets sent over a 4th round pick to Nashville and Nashville sent Pontus Aberg to Edmonton. A bit tricky so, Oilers receive Pontus Aberg, Columbus receive Mark Letestu and Nashville received a 4th round pick in 2018. Letestu is added to a roster for a hopeful playoff push, he did, in fact, spend three years with Columbus at the beginning of his career tallying 98 points in 233 games.

The latest trade that occurred 15 minutes ago was between the Sharks and Predators, the Predators sent over a 6th round pick to San Jose for Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick. Two depth players for a cheap price is a solid grab by the Predators unsure as to why they need that but still basically for nothing. The Sharks though would be the reason for freeing up 1.95 mil in cap space. Possibly freeing up some room for a forward like Patrick Maroon or a defenseman like McDonagh or Karlsson… we’ll see…

Players yet to be traded… McDonagh, Kane, Maroon

Ok, now with these three trades happening we can know some things for sure, Evander Kane will be dealt, Ryan McDonagh trade talks increase tremendously and the market for rentals is not extremely high this year.

Evander Kane has been rumored for quite some time now and the price on the troubled, young forward is pretty steep. Buffalo is asking for a first-round pick and mid-level prospect or a second round pick and high-level prospect. Not much has come out on the winger but with the Bruins acquiring Nash, the Penguins acquiring Brassard and these Western Conference teams not grabbing much, we can expect a team like Nashville, Winnipeg to possibly be in the mix for Kane. The reason that Penguins-Brassard trade went through was that the Golden Knights didn’t want Brassard to go to any Western Conference team so they helped out the Penguins, to keep other teams from getting better.

Ryan McDonagh has gained major traction as of late, and right now he is being rumored to be going to either Toronto, Tampa Bay, and maybe Boston. The Panthers have talked to the Rangers about McDonagh, but he does have an NMC(no move clause) to specific teams and I am not sure if the Panthers are either on or not on that list. Anyways the asking price is high on McDonagh and there was a rumor earlier today that said there were possibly seven pieces included in this deal. A lot has picked up and many of hockey’s best reporters have said McDonagh will go by the end of the day.

Patrick Maroon has had 7 teams inquire about him since the Nash trade has occurred, with this Nash trade it has opened up a lot of teams ears and eyes to what it costs for a top-six player now. Maroon does, in fact, have the same amount of goals and more assists than Nash over the last two seasons but did also play with McDavid, unlike Nash. A lot of talks has circulated the power forward, and we can fully expect him to be moved soon. Possibly a Nashville, Winnipeg, San Jose, Bruins and or the Flyers.



NHL Trade Deadline

NHL Trade Deadline Watch; Evander Kane, Rick Nash, Matt Cullen

The trade deadline is starting to heat up here finally, some trades have occurred, minor but we can expect the big names we have been waiting to heard traded to be moved sometime soon, definitely before the deadline(obviously).

Some of these names include Rick Nash, Patrick Maroon, Evander Kane, Mark Letestu, Mike Green. Plus some minor names that well get into as the article progresses. 

Tracker of some big deadline bait…

Ok so, what is the deal with Rick Nash, have the Rangers come up and gave a specific price on Nash? Are teams even calling on him anymore, will he be gone soon? I can assure you that Nash will be gone soon, he has a lot of chatter from the Predators, Stars and Blues these three all make sense. The Rangers are looking for a prospect and pick, first or second, anything higher than that, the deal is most likely off. The Rangers are not going to just let Nash walk for nothing and as the trade deadline gets even closer like within the next two days we can expect to see talks get real serious between Nashville and St. Louis for Nash. Ultimately what I am getting at here is, while we have not heard a ton regarding Nash it has sort of slowed down a bit but he will be traded we can assure that.

Evander Kane, Buffalo has clearly come out and said that they fully expect to deal Kane, just don’t know where. The asking price is a first round pick and high to mid-level prospect. Also what team is going to be willing to take on this 5.25 mil UFA by the end of the season. That is the punch not many. Either way, Kane is being brought in to be a rental so whatever team he ends up on after the deadline he will most likely not stay there. Anyways, Kane will 100 percent be dealt within the next two days. To where I am unsure, expect a team like Pittsburgh maybe, Nashville perhaps but Kane will be dealt, keep your eyes peeled.

Mke Green, chatter has slowed on the veteran defenseman and honestly, I am not too sure where he can end up. Not many teams want to take a chance on an injury prone, streaky defenseman, pus after what happened to Washington last year with Shattenkirk teams don’t want that to happen again. Mark Letestu, I’ve heard Edmonton wants to deal him but are not goign to do it at a cheap price, they want to get a decent draft pick for the winger, who adds depth and value to any team. Edmonton has come out and saif they will not mve Letestu if the price is not right. Patrick Maroon, now I was convinced was going to L.A. but after the Kings acquired Tobias Rieder last night I don’t know where he will go, perhaps St. Louis if all else fails with Nash, basically whatever team does not get Nash that wants him will look to call on Maroon and the price will be a lot cheaper for Maroon than Nash so look for MAroon to go on the trade deadline day or a day before it.

Minor news…Cullen, Glendening, Brassard 

Matt Cullen’s name has been tossed around to Pittsburgh, another Cup run for Cullen and the Penguins, who knows, also he has been inquired about by the Maple Leafs another veteran forward to pair on the fourth line with Matt Martin and Dominic Moore why not I suppose. Blue Jackets and Penguins have also inquired about Luke Glendening the veteran forward form Detroit. Penguins have also talked to Derek Brassard of the Senators. All these pending free agents makes for a really interesting deadline because of Matt Cullen last year, a lot of teams said they don’t want to part ways with prospects and picks at the dealdine as much anymore because of the whole situation Minnestoa had last year when they dealt some picks for Hanzal and the veteran forward fell flat on his face and ended up leaving Minnesota.