SportDuchene, Pavelski, Varlamov and the best & worst NHL UFA signings

01:25  04 july  2019
01:25  04 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Joe Pavelski to meet with several teams, possibly Stars, Lightning The San Jose Sharks have already done some heavy lifting this offseason, re-signing Erik Karlsson to a huge contract and dealing Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers. Several more deals took place on the second day of the draft to get San Jose the picks and prospects they were after, but there is plenty more work to be done in the coming days. Timo Meier’s next contract may be the most important, but Joe Pavelski will be the focus for many fans that don’t want to see their captain walk out the door after an incredible playoff performance.

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The annual July 1 start to the NHL free-agent period always produces a frenzy of contract signings, and this year was no different.

Some teams made some good moves to shore up their rosters, while others made additions that could be considered risky — or even downright bad.

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Here's a look at the best and worst signings from the opening day of the 2019 free-agent period:

The Best

Nashville Predators sign Matt Duchene

After finishing last season with the league's worst power play and one of the lowest offenses (19th overall), the Predators required more scoring punch. Kyle Turris' struggles also spotlighted their need for a reliable second-line center. Signing Duchene to a seven-year, $56-million contract addressed both issues.

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Duchene, 28, just completed a career-best 31-goal season split between the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. He was also among the Jackets' leading scorers in this year's postseason, with 10 points in as many games.

Some observers projected Duchene would received over $9 million annually on the open market. The Preds got him for $1 million less per season.

Dallas Stars sign Joe Pavelski

Pavelski spent his entire NHL career (13 years) with the San Jose Sharks. Their big investment last month in Erik Karlsson left them with little room to re-sign the 34-year-old forward. San Jose's loss was the Stars' gain, with Dallas inking the former Sharks captain to a to a three-year, $21-million contract.

Coming off a 38-goal performance, Pavelski proved he still has lots left in the tank. He brings invaluable scoring depth and experienced leadership to the Stars roster.

Report: Duchene met with Canadiens, expected to visit Predators Thursday

Report: Duchene met with Canadiens, expected to visit Predators Thursday The Matt Duchene derby is underway. Duchene had a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The pending unrestricted free-agent center is expected to visit with the Nashville Predators on Thursday, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports. He'll be one of the most coveted players on the market, along with his Columbus Blue Jackets teammates Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Duchene posted a point per game in the playoffs after collecting 12 over 23 regular-season contests with the Blue Jackets, the team that landed him from the Ottawa Senators before February's trade deadline.

Pavelski ’s presence on the second lines means that the Stars should have a more balanced offensive attack than they But this raises the salary bar for the league ’s better goalies, such as Washington’s Braden Holtby, who can The decisions are made the day before and the signing happens on July 1.

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While the $7-million annual salary-cap hit seems a bit high for player of his age, it's off-set by the reasonable three-year term. If Pavelski maintains a 30-goal pace, this should be a worthwhile investment.

Chicago Blackhawks sign Robin Lehner

The New York Islanders passing up re-signing Lehner baffled hockey fans. The 27-year-old goaltender enjoyed a career-best performance in 2018-19, winning the Masterton Trophy and becoming a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. He backstopped the Isles into the playoffs and an opening-round sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wasted little time snapping him up on a one-year, $5-million contract. With long-time starter Corey Crawford hampered by injuries and a year away from UFA status, the Blackhawks needed help between the pipes.

Lehner becomes an affordable insurance option if Crawford is sidelined again this season. If he plays well enough, he could earn a lucrative long-term extension from the Blackhawks.

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Joe Pavelski , Artemi Panarin and many more found new homes on Monday, and we also saw an actual offer sheet in action. 2019 NHL free-agency grades: Analysis of every big signing . NHL trade tracker for the 2018-19 season. Duchene gives them their best shot at it.

The Worst

New York Islanders sign Semyon Varlamov

Soon after the Blackhawks inked Lehner, the Islanders announced they signed Varlamov to a four-year, $20-million contract. With 213 wins, a 2.68 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage, the 31-year-old has solid career stats. However, this could prove a risky move.

During his tenure with the Colorado Avalanche, Varlamov was plagued by groin and knee injuries. Inconsistency also cost him the starter's role last season to Philipp Grubauer.

Playing for Isles goalie guru Mitch Korn could improve Varlamov's performance. Sharing the workload with Thomas Greiss might also alleviate the injury concerns. Varlamov could also mentor promising Russian netminder Ilya Sorokin down the road. Nevertheless, the decision to pass on a younger, healthier Vezina finalist for a brittle veteran may one day haunt the Isles.

Minnesota Wild sign Mats Zuccarello

Throughout last season, Wild GM Paul Fenton made moves to bring more skilled youth into his aging lineup. However, his signing of Zuccarello to a five-year, $30-million deal was a step in the opposite direction.

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It's that time of year again, when NHL players and GMs shuffle the deck to try to find their best fits. Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - currently what the hockey world calls

Twas the evening before the NHL UFA market opens at noon ET tomorrow. Here’s a quick look at the latest speculation. Update on the oilers. Money motivates and Panarin never said anything other than he wanted NY, LA or FLA for the big cities, the beaches and the Russian Population.

Zuccarello is a skilled, speedy right wing with five 49-plus point seasons on his resume. Despite a difficult final season with the New York Rangers and suffering a broken arm following a trade to the Dallas Stars, he tied with Tyler Seguin as the Stars' leading postseason scorer.

However, Zuccarello turns 32 in September. He'll be pushing 37 when this deal with the Wild is completed. As he ages he'll have difficulty maintaining a 49-point pace. It's too much money invested for too long in an aging talent.

Pittsburgh Penguins sign Brandon Tanev

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has spent the off-season shedding salary. He shipped Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes and Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in cost-cutting deals. However, signing Tanev to a six-year, $21-million contract raised eyebrows around the league.

Tanev, 27, is a versatile, energetic checking-line forward with a decent offensive touch. He should be a good depth addition to the Penguins and his annual average salary ($3.5 million) isn't bad. The problem, however, is the contract term.

Locking up a third liner to a six-year deal rarely happens in today's salary-cap world. It also creates another conundrum for the Penguins: Restricted free agents Marcus Pettersson, Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger require new contracts, but Rutherford has a little over $1.5-million in cap space remaining. Another cost-cutting deal is necessary.

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