Saturday, March 02, 2019

Recent Contract Extensions (Mar 2)

I haven't really been keeping up on the recent contract extensions, but with a little bit of time, I'll try and find some of the key ones that we won't have to worry about this summer.  The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a new 5-year, $26.25 million deal on Friday, taking advantage of the current salary cap rules for off-season signings and cap tagging, which is long-winded and somewhat complicated.

Silfverberg hasn't exactly been great in this 2019 season, to date, scoring only 16 goals and 24 points in 56 games, but he has been hampered by injury, so the Ducks are doing well to take that into account for the next five seasons.  He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

At the trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild locked up Eric Staal for another couple of seasons, since he had expressed a lot of interest to stick around and keep producing for the Wild. He signed a 2-year, $6.5 million deal, keeping his cap number very reasonable moving forward. The 34-year old has been very reliable for the Wild this season, posting 43 points in 63 games to this point in the season.  The Wild will certainly keep a good veteran presence around for another couple years and he will likely add to their competitiveness in those seasons.

Maybe a guy you may have missed throughout the season, but has put up some pool worthy numbers this season, only to be picked up in the Waiver Draft, has been Frank Vatrano of the Panthers. Just before the trade deadline, he signed a 3-year extension, saving himself from becoming a restricted free agent, earning him a grand total of $7.6 million.  Vatrano has 33 points in 62 games this season and ranks 184th overall in pool scoring today, which is well within the ranks and should be draft worthy next season.

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