It was a pretty big deal for the Minnesota Wild to sign NCAA defenseman Mike Reilly on Friday, but at this point, he will still only count as a fringe signing, since we haven't really seen him play, nor do we really know what kind of impact he'll have on the NHL in his rookie season. He will, however, be under the microscope, after signing a 2-year entry-level deal, which carries a cap hit of $925,000 per season.
Reilly was made into a free agent, after the Blue Jackets failed to sign him as their 2011 4th round pick, coming out of college. If he doesn't sign, he can become a free agent and that's what he did. Reilly played his NCAA career in Minnesota and his father is a part of the Wild ownership group, so it added up quickly in the Wild's favour.
Shortly after the Bruins dealt Dougie Hamilton to the Flames, they were able to re-sign defender Adam McQuaid, giving him a 4-year deal, worth $11 million. McQuaid, known more for his responsibility in his own end, might see a little bit more offense time, given the depth on the line has shrunk considerably in recent years. This would be why he would be considered a fringe signing... a lofty expectation, to say the least.
Last season, in 63 games, McQuaid scored 1 goal and 7 points.