Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fringe Signings (Jul 6)

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Rangers disclosed that they re-signed restricted free agent forward Jesper Fast to a new 3-year, $5.55 million deal.

In the 2017 season, Fast missed 14 games due to injury in the back half, limiting his season to only 68 games, where he scored 6 goals and 21 points.  That was good enough for 259th among all forwards in scoring, while poolies were likely expecting more from the slick winger.

The Rangers appear to be moving towards more speed in their lineup and getting Fast back on board was more than just getting his name on the roster sheet.

Zach Hyman finished just outside of the top 200 forwards in the 2017 season, 209th to be exact, with 10 goals and 28 points, playing in all 82 games for the Maple Leafs.  He was a solid contributor to the new Leafs system last year and he was up for a new contract as a restricted free agent and he also signed a new deal on Wednesday, getting a 4-year, $9 million contract.

The Leafs are now overflowing at the brim with good young NHL ready talent, especially at forward.  There's a good chance that a kid like Hyman is going to find some more regular time and his point totals have some potential to be pool worthy, as a late round pick.

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