As free agency continues, so does my guides for the 2017 NHL free agency. This time we will be looking at the Atlantic Division. Free agent transactions made by the Atlantic division teams are listed below.
Boston Bruins: Kenny Agostino, Jordan Szwarz, and Paul Postma have all signed one-year deals. Agostino’s career stats are as follows: 17 games played, 2 goals, 3 assists for a total of 5 points. Szwarz has scored a total of 4 goals in 35 games so far in his career. Postma, the lone defenseman of this group, has 10 goals, 24 assists for a total of 34 points in 191 career games played.
Buffalo Sabres: Forward Benoit Pouliot, Goalie Chad Johnson, Forward Seth Griffith, Forward Jacob Josefson and Goalie Adam Wilcox have all signed one-year contracts with the Sabres. Pouliot is a veteran left winger and will provide great depth on the Sabres 3rd-4th line. Pouliot has played in 551 games, and he has 117 goals and 127 assists for a total of 244 points. Chad Johnson returns to the Sabres for the backup position after he was the backup in Buffalo during the 2015-2016 season. Last season, Johnson was the backup of the Calgary Flames where he had a 2.59 GAA and a .910 Sv%. Seth Griffith is a young center who has 6 goals, 10 assists, and 16 points in 58 games played. Jacob Josefson is a 26-year-old center that has 18 goals and 42 assists for a total of 60 points in 276 career games played. Goalie Adam Wilcox will most likely spend his time down in the Rochester Americans, which is the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have also signed defenseman Matt Tennyson and forwards Kevin Porter and Kyle Criscuolo to two-year contracts. Kevin Poter was part of the Sabres before from 2012-2014. As for Tennyson and Criscuolo, they will most likely play for the Rochester Americans.
Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have signed Defensemen Trevor Daley, Xavier Ouellet, and Luke Witkowski. Daley signed a three-year contract with the Wings. Daley has played in 894 games while tallying 78 goals and 200 assists. Ouellet resigns with the Wings as he has played in 96 games for the Wings getting 5 goals and 11 assists. Witkowski has no goals so far in his 54 game career but he does have 4 assists. Both Ouellet and Witkowski have signed 2-year deals for the Red Wings.
Florida Panthers: The Panthers have signed Evgeny Dadonov, Radim Vrbata, Michael Haley, Alexandre Grenier and Alex Petrovic. Evgeny Dadonov has not been in the NHL since 2011-2012 but the last time he was in the NHL he was part of the Florida Panthers organization. Last season Dadonov was part of the KHL for SKA St. Petersburg he got 66 points in 53 games. Vrbata is an NHL veteran who has played 1,015 games in the NHL he has 279 goals and 330 assists. Haley has played 130 games in the NHL collecting 16 points he will be playing for the Springfield Thunderbirds. Grenier has only played 9 games in the NHL and is only 25 so how his career will end up is still a question. Petrovic has been resigned by the Panthers and last season he had 14 points in 49 games.
Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have signed Karl Alzner, Peter Holland, Byron Froese, Matt Taormina, Ales Hemsky, and Joe Morrow. Alzner is the highlight of these signings as he has played 591 games and has 117 points. Alzner is a solid defenseman. As for Holland, Froese, Taormina, and Hemsky, those are good depth signings.
Ottawa Senators: The Senators have made a lot of minor signings as they have signed Nate Thompson, Tyler Randell, and Erik Burgdoerfer.
Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts have signed a lot of new faces. Mattew Peca, Dan Girardi, Michael Leighton, Chris Kunitz, Alex Gallant, Mat Bodie, Jamie McBain, Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin. All of these deals are one or two years in length of duration.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs made a HUGE splash in free agency as they have acquired Patrick Marleau. Marleau is a great veteran forward with over a thousand games played and over a thousand points he will for sure help out a young Leafs squad. The Leafs have also signed Curtis McElhinney, Garret Sparks, Ron Hainsey, Dominic Moore, Colin Greening, Chris Mueller and Vincent LoVerde.