On July first, 2017 NHL free agency began and it began with some big splashes around the league. Below is information on some new contracts for Pacific Division teams.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks made a serious upgrade in their goaltender department as they have signed masked man Ryan Miller to a contract. Miller has been declining these few years and isn’t close to what he was when he won a silver medal in the Winter Olympics of 2010 which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada or when he was a Vezina caliber goalie for the Sabres. With that being said tough Miller is still a solid backup and better than the Ducks backup last season Jonathan Bernier. The contract is a two-year deal with an average annual salary of two million dollars.
Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes made two highlighted signings so far as they put pen to paper with forwarding Nick Cousins and defenseman Adam Clendening. Cousins’ contract is a two-year deal with an average annual salary of one million dollars Clendening’s contract is a one-year deal with an average annual salary of sixty-five thousand dollars. Both of these signings are good depth signings.
Calgary Flames: The Flames made a good depth move by signing Marek Hrivik to a two-way contract. Last season Hrivik spent time with the New York Rangers and their AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers have made a lot of depth signings as they have signed seven players! The players that they have signed are both Mitch Callahan and defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contracts and signed forwards Grayson Downing, Brian Ferlin, and Ty Rattie, as well as defenceman Keegan Lowe and goaltender Edward Pasquale to one-year contracts.
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings have welcomed on to their roster forward Mike Cammalleri, defenseman Christain Folin and goaltender Darcy Kuemper. These are all great one-year deals especially Cammalleri which is a player who produced 31 points last season.
San Jose Sharks: The Sharks sure did get scared as they thought both of their experienced veterans Joe Thornton and Partick Marleau may wind up on other teams but the long time Sharks will stay for a little longer. They have also signed their stellar goaltender Martin Jones for another six years.
Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks have signed six players Micheal Del Zotto, Sam Gagner, Anders Nilsson, Alex Burmistrov, Patrick Wierioch and Anton Rodin.
Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights have signed three forwards Stefan Matteau, T.J Tynan, and Paul Tompson. They have also signed two defensemen Chris Casto and Brad Hunt. Goaltender Maime Lagace also joins the Golden Knights.
We will all wonder which of the newly signed players will make the most impact so who do you think will?