The trend of teams and players avoiding arbitration is certainly a positive one, especially for fan bases that don't want to see their favourite players grow sour with their team or vice versa. The Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel avoided that nasty hearing by signing a new 2-year deal on Friday, one that will pay $3.6 million in total.
The 25-year old emerged as a solid depth piece for the Senators in the 2017 season, playing in 81 games, scoring 14 goals and 32 points, good enough for 183rd among all forwards. Dzingel found his way into some very big minutes for Ottawa down the stretch and was certainly a big part of the team's success, which took them to the Eastern Conference Finals.
This season, Dzingel will look to reaffirm his spot with the team in that third line role and if he and his linemates can repeat their 2017 campaign, if not improve upon it, the Senators should be in good shape once again, come April.
As for the hockey pool, I don't think that Dzingel is the kind of player that is absolutely going to light up the league, but he will be a very serviceable late round pick, as you try to find some solid points in the late rounds of the draft, assuming you've already found all your defensemen and goalies.
|Bobby Ryan||7.250||Dion Phaneuf||7.000||Craig Anderson||4.200|
|Mike Hoffman||5.188||Erik Karlsson||6.500||Mike Condon||2.400|
|Derick Brassard||5.000||Cody Ceci||2.800||Andrew Hammond||1.350|
|Clarke MacArthur||4.650||Mark Borowiecki||1.100|
|Kyle Turris||3.500||Thomas Chabot||0.863|
|Mark Stone||3.500||Chris Wideman||0.800|
|Zack Smith||3.250||Fredrik Claesson||0.650|
The current projected 23-man roster is looking very cost efficient, as they are now through signing all of their key restricted free agents and unlikely to make any more big splashes in the free agent market. They are showing still $4.1 million in cap space, so if they are a big time player at the trade deadline, they will be able to go out and take on a big rental, trying to lift them over the top.