Thursday, August 02, 2018

Morning Fringe Signings (Aug 2)

The Philadelphia Flyers signed one of their last key restricted free agents on Wednesday evening, giving defenseman Robert Hagg a 2-year, $2.3 million deal, which tidies up their summer.

The 23-year old Swede played in 70 games for the Flyers last season, scoring 3 goals and 9 points in that time.  That was good enough for 177th among all defensemen in scoring, still a ways out of the hockey pool conversation, but with a little more experience and a steady job, we could see a lift into a better fringe position, if not a pool spot.

Possibly a little bit more of a fringe player getting a new deal dropped on Thursday morning, when the Avalanche and defenseman Patrik Nemeth agreed upon a new 1-year, $2.5 million deal, avoiding their arbitration hearing this week.

Nemeth played in 68 games for the Avalanche last season, scoring 3 goals and 15 points, ranking him 129th among all defensemen.  The Avalanche have some serious upside heading into the 2019 season and a guy like Nemeth could be one of those guys that benefits enough to slip into the top 100 with a few more points.

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