Sunday, July 01, 2018

Morning Fringe Signings (Jul 1)

The Vancouver Canucks were quick on the spot on Sunday morning, agreeing upon a couple of fringe deals, likely for their bottom six, in Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel. Both players earned 4-year deals, both in the range of $3 million each and both players will be providing some much needed depth to the Canucks.

Roussel has had some pool upside in the past, scoring 29 points in 80 games in 2016 and 27 points in 2017, but it was a down year for him last season, 17 points in 73 games.  Beagle, on the other hand, was a bit closer in 2018, 22 points in 79 games, but he'll likely feature more as a penalty killer, more than anything.

The Minnesota Wild added some depth to their blueline with the signing of Greg Pateryn to a 3-year deal, reportedly worth $6.75 million. Pateryn played in Dallas for the last couple of seasons and has hovered underneath hockey pool feasibility, but there's always a chance that he could find his way with another team. Last season, the 28-year old played in 73 games, scoring 1 goal and 13 points, ranking 148th among defensemen in scoring.

Another fringe defenseman off the board, as the Dallas Stars have come to terms with Roman Polak, signing him to a 1-year deal, but no salary cap numbers have been released as of yet. Polak played with the Maple Leafs for the last couple of seasons, posting 2 goals and 12 points in 54 games with the Leafs in 2018. He's certainly a physical defender that could bring a little bit more stability to the back end for Dallas, something that they have desperately needed for the last few years.  This could be a very good signing for this team.

Before Tomas Plekanec even slipped on a Toronto jersey for the first time, there was already rumours rampant about the possibility that he would return to the Canadiens in the off-season as a free agent and look at that... he did.  Plekanec agreed to a 1-year deal with the Habs on Sunday, which will be a 35+ deal, unsure of what the initial cap value will be and it will have incentive bonuses as well.  Plekanec ranked 243rd among all forwards in scoring, with 26 points in 77 games between Montreal and Toronto.

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