Monday, July 02, 2018

Afternoon Fringe Signings (Jul 2)

The St. Louis Blues made an add to their netminding crew on Sunday, signing veteran keeper Chad Johnson to a 1-year, $1.75 million deal, which should slot him in as the backup to Jake Allen in 2019. It was looking like the Blues may have been leaning towards bringing Ville Husso up to do the job, but seeing the veteran on the market, gave them a little more security on the back end. Johnson ranked 52nd among all goalies in hockey pool points, winning 10 games and posting 20 points.

In restricted free agent news, Jared McCann and the Florida Panthers came to terms on a new 2-year deal, worth $2.5 million on Sunday. McCann is finally starting to come around on the scoresheet for the Panthers, picking up 9 goals and 28 points in 68 games, sitting 228th among all forwards in scoring, right on the brink of becoming relevant for us hockey poolies. If the Panthers can put together a solid roster for 2019, McCann could be one of those good sleeper picks that would slip through the cracks to the back end of the draft.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are giving Matt Cullen yet another run for the 2019 season, signing the 41-year old to a 1-year, $650,000 deal on Sunday. Cullen posted 11 goals and 22 points in 79 games, still producing some offense for this team and he comes in as a very affordable, very reliable player, known for his leadership qualities as well.  It will be interesting to see what kind of gas he has left in the tank, but he probably will still give the Penguins some quality minutes, as many or as few as there might be.

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