The NHL free agency bombs were dropped yesterday with the two high-profile free agents signing new deals and neither of them was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The first move is confirmed: Taylor Hall signed a one-year, $ 8 million contract with the Buffalo Sabers. Yes, those Buffalo Sabers.
Many people expected Hall to sign a low cost one or two year contract with a contending team – Tampa Bay, Toronto, Colorado, Boston, but he went for the money and the team that has the roster room and the ice time for him proves he’s worth a big seven or eight year contract after next season. The money may even be less than the signature value:
Remember to keep in mind. $ 8 million comes back to $ 5.6 million after you deduct 20% escrow and 10% wage deferral. After this year, the carry-over is gone and the escrow increases to 14-18%. A one year contract is absolutely the way to go here. https://t.co/Y2ZAM41n5o
– (@dalter) October 11, 2020
It seems strange for Hall to sign with the Sabers. After all, he’s spent his entire career on teams that could barely qualify for the playoffs – if at all – and now he’s going to one of the few teams where you would put money in to become. a lottery team next year.
But will he play there all season?
If there is a 2020-21 season, the Buffalo Sabers may have played a very smart game (as Katya pointed out). The Sabers could play Hall until the trade deadline is set for next season and the Sabers could trade him with him and his dramatically reduced cap for a contending team stuck in a cap tightening due to the flat ceiling. If they keep their salary, you could have Taylor Hall on a cap of $ 2 million. Now, what would the Colorado Avalanche or the Boston Bruins pay for a cheap superstar like Hall? The Sabers could pick up picks, prospects or even a roster player or two.
With the potential to be a lottery team, additional picks or just about ripe prospects might be worth or trade Hall away. The question, however, is whether this is really the plan. Captain Jack Eichel has said the Sabers need to be competitive this coming season, otherwise he could start pushing for a trade out of town.
After Taylor Hall on the free agency list – or ahead of him depending on your team’s needs – is Alexander Pietrangelo, the Stanley Cup-winning captain of the St. Louis Blues. Or more appropriate, former captain.
Last night nothing was 100% confirmed due to salary cap issues, but Pietrangelo reportedly made a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to become his new home.
The catch is, the Knights have to move a player to get Alex into line. The name on most insiders is defenseman Nate Schmidt. Schmidt has five years left on his contract with a cap of $ 5.95 million and a 10-team no-trade clause. The Florida Panthers may not be on this list, as they are the ones nominated for the time being, which would put the Panthers all the way behind D.
Who could benefit from it? How are these moves helping or hurting the Toronto Maple Leafs? The answers to these questions will come soon, or not. I do not know.
Now the rest of the news.
Jets * fans are doing well this offseason:
The almost champions of the cup have kept one of their almost champions:
Former Maple Leaf Kyle Clifford signed with the St. Louis Blues, for a smaller deal than he was offered in Toronto:
Well, yeah, there’s no Cody This on it.
Canucks fans are having fun too.
Be bad! So be good!
Well! If you have a day off, enjoy the best Thanksgiving! If you are in USA sorry you have to wait till the weather is horrible for yours.