Monday, June 26, 2017

Fringe Signings (Jun 26)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a new 1-year, $1.95 million deal on Monday, avoiding restricted free agency officially.

The 26-year old Czech was ranked 123rd among all defensemen in scoring, picking up 3 goals and 14 points in 80 games this season for the Lightning, used generally in the second or third pairings for the Lightning last season.  With the departure of Jason Garrison through the expansion draft, there is potential for opportunity for Sustr.  He's got late round potential in the hockey pool, at best and he's now on the board for the 2018 season, so take him into consideration.

The Edmonton Oilers were also in the business of re-signing on Monday, giving forward Zack Kassian a new 3-year, $5.85 million deal.

Kassian was ranked 241st among all forwards in scoring in the 2017 season, notching 7 goals and 24 points in 79 games with Edmonton, a number that could surely improve with a season with this club under his belt already.  The Oilers will certainly be looking to find a little bit more scoring through their lineup, somewhere and somehow, likely looking to those existing players to step it up a notch.

Not too far away from Kassian in the rankings was Tom Pyatt, as he collected 9 goals and 23 points in the 2017 season, playing all 82 games with the Senators, and he was re-upped on a new 2-year deal on Monday, as the Senators have begun their housekeeping this off-season.  Pyatt's deal is said to carry a cap hit of $1.1 million per season, so he gets a decent raise for the coming year and he certainly did well to fit in with this club, so it should go a long ways into keep the chemistry of this team together.



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