Sunday, July 24, 2016

Arizona Lures the Elder Schenn

One of the pool worthy unrestricted free agents came off the list on Saturday, with the Arizona Coyotes announcing that they came to terms with defenseman Luke Schenn.  The two sides agreed upon a 2-year, $2.5 million deal and that should work out to be quite the cost efficient deal for the club and player.

Schenn, 26, has been rounding himself out to be a fairly stable blueliner in the NHL and with that, his numbers have slowly crept up into the pool conversation, as the number of teams has also increased over the years, we're taking on new depth.

In the 2016 season with Los Angeles, Schenn picked up 4 goals and 16 points in 72 games, coming in at 107th among blueliners, just sneaking in to the rankings of the top 108.

He's certainly not going to blow the doors off a game and go on a rampant scoring streak, but he will be chipping in here and there and if the team's speed and youth can offer up anything, it will be a good compliment to his play at the back end.  I would say that his projection will stay in the neighbourhood of 15 points, which will be good, if the pool stays at around 27 or 28 teams.

We all know that the Coyotes are a budget team, taking on cap hits and salaries to help their own causes down the line.  Even with the 35+ contracts of Chris Pronger and Pavel Datsyuk on their books, they still have $10.3 million left in cap space, thanks to good deals like Schenn's.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Shane Doan 5.000 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 5.500 Mike Smith 5.667
Antoine Vermette 3.750 Alex Goligoski 5.475 Louis Domingue 1.050
Jamie McGinn 3.333 Luke Schenn 1.250
Martin Hanzal 3.100 Kevin Connauton 1.000
Brad Richardson 2.080
Max Domi 0.894
Anthony Duclair 0.773
Ryan White 1.000 Zbynek Michalek 3.200
Klas Dahlbeck 0.750
Dylan Strome 0.894 Jamie McBain 0.650
Brendan Perlini 0.863
Christian Dvorak 0.839
Jordan Martinook 0.613
Craig Cunningham 0.600
Chris Mueller 0.600
Pavel Datsyuk 7.500 Chris Pronger 4.921
Nick Merkley 0.894 Anthony DeAngelo 0.863 Adin Hill 0.726
Henrik Samuelsson 0.894 Kyle Wood 0.718 Marek Langhamer 0.648
Tyler Gaudet 0.874 Jarred Tinordi 0.700 Justin Peters 0.600
Christian Fischer 0.853 Dysin Mayo 0.653
Ryan MacInnis 0.798 Justin Hache 0.640
Laurent Dauphin 0.776 Dakota Mermis 0.627
Michael Bunting 0.668
Conor Garland 0.663
Stefan Fournier 0.633
Matia Marcantuoni 0.608
Garret Ross 0.600

Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, assumed roster fill-ins injured/retired cap hits, in the system

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