A look at the biggest moves from Free Agent Frenzy
July 1st marked the opening of the 2015 free agency class, and teams wasted no time rushing to players to lock up deals. Below we will look at some of the biggest deals that took place.
Phil Kessel Goes to Pittsburgh
One of the biggest names in the NHL found himself traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where it seems he will have a chance to play with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Accompanying Kessel are Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs, and a conditional draft pick. Heading back to Toronto are Kasperi Kappanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington, a 2016 third-round pick, and a conditional draft pick. In the end the Penguins didn’t give up much, but they may have a real tough time filling out their defense with so much money committed to forwards. Still Kessel can score.
Matt Beleskey Moves onto Boston
Everyone thought that Beleskey would be showered in money this off-season, but in a shocking turn of events the Boston Bruins were able to sign the forward to a manageable five year deal worth $3.8 million per season against the cap. Boston didn’t add a defender, but there is still time. For now Bruins fans can relish the reality of not paying Beleskey an absorbent amount of money.
Mike Green Signs in Detroit
The Wings finally got their right handed, offensive defensemen, but as expected he came at a hefty price. The Wings dished out three years at $6 million per year for his services, so they are probably expecting the defender to play a big role in their top four. The issue is that Green ended up on Washington’s third pairing last year, for him to live up to that deal he will have to become the player he was a few years ago. On another note the Red Wings decided to pay veteran center Brad Richards for his services. Richards has a cap hit of $3 million, but can earn four all together with bonuses. That’s a lot of money for Richards and the Wings are quickly running out of all the space they opened up.
That being said, I think the Wings will be happy if they can get this out of Green.
Antoine Vermette Returns to Arizona
Vermette was indeed a rental, he wins a cup and is back before the year is out. The deal was two years worth an average of $3.75 million per season. The Coyotes know what there getting which is a reliable center. Still this team needs to get more talent infused into their roster to get this rebuid headed in the right direction. They also recently re-acquired Boyd Gordon.
Andrej Sekera Strikes Oil
The Oilers got their guy in Sekera, but they may have over-paid. In the end they dumped $33 million on his door step for a six year deal, which averages out to a $5.5 million cap hit. Sekera is a good skater who will take some pressure off of a young defense, but it will be hard to live up to that contract, considering he posted 23 points in 73 games last year. The Oilers paid, but they landed a good defender.
This should give you an idea of the kind of skater he is.
There are still some big names out there folks so stay tuned.
You can click this link to see a list of all of the free agents signed on July 1st.