Thursday, July 07, 2016

Devils Re-Sign Palmieri

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri was part of a fairly large group that filed for arbitration, as per their rights as restricted free agents, but the player and team got the job done, avoiding that nasty process and signing a 5-year contract, reportedly worth $23.25 million.  His cap hit over the duration of the deal will work out to be $4.65 million, which is a very reasonable number for his services.

In the 2016 season, the 25-year old winger was quite productive on a fairly poor team, scoring 30 goals and 57 points in all 82 games, which had him ranked 74th overall in pool scoring and with the changes that have been occurring in the swamp, his hockey pool stock should be on the rise.

The Devils have certainly been making some strides on trying to be more competitive in the 2017 season and that really begins with the acquisition of Taylor Hall in the early part of this off-season.  Adding a former 1st overall pick to this lineup gives the Devils a lot more scoring depth and another potential player for a guy like Palmieri to possibly play with in the coming season.  Adding more pieces like Vernon Fiddler and Beau Bennett up front and Ben Lovejoy on the blueline is really rounding out this roster and they are building some real potential for the 2017 season.

All of these additions and their salary cap dumps they have on the books have the Devils in a pretty safe spot between the ceiling and the floor, as the 25 coloured names below are coming in at roughly $61.9 million, leaving them $11.1 million worth of space below the ceiling.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Taylor Hall 6.000 John Moore 1.667 Cory Schneider 6.000
Travis Zajac 5.750 Damon Severson 0.606 Keith Kinkaid 0.725
Michael Cammalleri 5.000
Kyle Palmieri 4.650
Adam Henrique 4.000
Devante Smith-Pelly 1.300 Andy Greene 5.000
Vernon Fiddler 1.250 Ben Lovejoy 2.667
Jacob Josefson 1.100 Jon Merrill 1.138
Sergey Kalinin 0.800
Beau Bennett 0.725
Joseph Blandisi 0.650
Pavel Zacha 0.894 Steven Santini 0.925
Blake Coleman 0.680 Seth Helgeson 0.588
Blake Pietila 0.663
Ryane Clowe 4.850
Marc Savard 4.021
Miles Wood 0.925 Yohann Auvitu 0.793 Ken Appleby 0.635
Nick Lappin 0.843 Joshua Jacobs 0.726 Scott Wedgewood 0.588
John Quenneville 0.812 Vojtech Mozik 0.680 Mackenzie Blackwood 0.678
Luke Gazdic 0.700 Andrew MacWilliam 0.575
Ryan Kujawinski 0.693 Karl Stollery 0.575
Brandon Baddock 0.673
Ben Thomson 0.627
Ben Johnson 0.617
Carter Camper 0.575

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

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