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Free agency 2016, Winners and Losers

Paul Ward

 

 

With July 1 in the books, there have been some pretty interesting moves made by teams around the league. We saw Stamkos stay in Tampa, PK and Weber get swapped, and Taylor Hall going to NJ for Adam Larssen. Let’s take a look at some of the other action that took place and see who benefited the best from the start of the free agent signings.

 

Winners

  • Tampa Bay. With Stammer staying and the addition of Vasilevskiy singing a three year deal and Hedman with an eight year, the bolts are looking good on all fronts.
  • Florida. Locking down Trocheck and Smith with Jagr still in the fold bodes well for the young Cats. The Aaron Ekblad eight year deal also helps.
  • NY Rangers. The rangers had a couple pretty nice signings including Michael Grabner for 3.2 mil and Nathan Gerbe at 600k. These are some cheap additions that could pay off big time.
  • NJ Devils. Until Lucic went to EDM, most people had little to no idea why Taylor Hall was traded to NJ. Adding someone like Hall in addition to a stud defender Ben Lovejoy may help propel the devils this season.

 

Losers

  • Toronto.  Roman Polak and Matt Martin. For a team in full rebuild mode, the only move that made sense sense was the acquisition of Fredrick Anderson from the Ducks.
  • Vancouver/Boston. Backes to Boston makes sense, but foregoing an extension with Loui Eriksson does not, both teams don’t stand to gain much from these signings.

 

Uncertain

  • Montreal. Picking up a problem child like Radulov one year after another botched Alex Semin experiment is risky, but with Weber coming over and some low key singings the Habs 50/50 chance of have a successful season and playoff run.

  • Edmonton. Get rid of Hall, bring Lucic in to help and protect Mcdavid. Can Lucic produce enough to fill the void left by Hall? Let’s not mention the Oilers ongoing goalie situation…
  • Detroit. Vanek is a gamble, but Det has a way of getting veteran guys producing again. Some quiet signings could help the wings get back to dynasty status pending development in Grand Rapids.

 

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